Matariki Network of Universities
Queen's is one of the seven founding members of the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU), whose official launch took place in May 2010. The name "Matariki" is from the Māori language, in which Matariki is the name of the Pleiades star cluster (also known as The Seven Sisters) and signifies Spring and a new beginning.
The Matariki Network of Universities is an international group of leading, like-minded universities, each amongst the most historic in its own country, and recognised as being:
- a premier place of advanced learning, nationally and internationally;
- research-intensive across a broad subject base;
- focused on providing a high-quality student experience;
- flexible, modern, innovative, comprehensive and globally-oriented.
The founding members of the MNU are:
- Australia: University of Western Australia, Perth
- Germany: Tübingen University
- Sweden: Uppsala University
- USA: Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
- Canada: Queen's University, Kingston
- New Zealand: University of Otago, Dunedin
- UK: Durham University
Queen's participation in the MNU builds on the University's longstanding partnerships and agreements with Uppsala University (1993), the University of Western Australia (1994), and the University of Otago (2002), and more recent collaborations with Durham University (2011) and Tübingen University (2012).
MNU activities and initiatives at Queen’s include:
Queen’s undergraduate and graduate students may study on the campuses of five MNU partner institutions, and students of these institutions may study at Queen’s, due to bi-lateral exchange agreements that exist with Tübingen, Uppsala and Durham Universities, and the Universities of Western Australia and Otago. Please see your Faculty International Office for details.
Many Queen’s faculty members have visited MNU institutions, and many reciprocal visits have taken place. Please visit: International Visitors Program of the Principal’s Development Fund, for program details and information about previously funded visits.
Visit by Iain Watt, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), University of Western Australia, February 12 – 13, 2015
- Lecture: Dr. Rachel Spronken-Smith - "The PhD – is it out of alignment?”
Dean of the Graduate Research School and Professor in Higher Education and Geography, the University of Otago, Monday, October 20, 2014
Queen’s-hosted Matariki Research Workshops
Matariki Humanities Colloquium: Religion Across the Humanities. October 1 – 3, 2015
Renewable Energy and Society. November 5 – 7, 2010
Watch this space for news of the first Matariki Colloquium on Digital Humanities, to be hosted at Queen’s during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Many Matariki benchmarking activities (essentially, comparisons of how members are performing in a variety of metrics, both in teaching and research), are underway. Examples include: