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University of Auckland
New Zealand (Oceania)
The University of Auckland is primarily a campus-based learning institution with 4 campuses, 8 Faculties and 42,000 students. Its City Campus located in the downtown area.
In recent years, the institution has made investments in the development of MOOCs via Futurelearn and more recently have built an “Auckland Online” platform to offer postgraduate degrees. The ongoing development of a learning technology ecosystem has allowed programmes to develop the capacity for blended and flexible learning options. A central learning design team now supports strategic projects and the development of programmes for new modes of delivery. Through COVID this year, we have also learned to operate in an emergency online mode and this experience has created a lot of interest among academic staff about alternative teaching methods and assessment options. The University of Auckland welcomes the opportunity to share experiences in this Alliance and thank Tsinghua University for its leadership and initiative to create this group.
Additionally, The University of Auckland is part of the United Nations Academic Impact, an intiative that aims to align tertiary institutions to contribute to realising the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In 2020, the University was appointed as the official United Nations Academic Impact hub for SDG 4, Quality Education. Hosting a hub is a great privilege, and reaffirms our long-standing commitment to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all. The University of Auckland is also ranked No. 1 in the University Impact Rankings by Times Higher Education (THE).