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Victoria University of Wellington

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Victoria University

As New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university, Victoria University of Wellington is committed to helping New Zealand and the world develop a sustainable and resilient future and to being a leader in sustainable practice itself.

Victoria is the only university in New Zealand and one of very few internationally to have such a high-level role as Assistant Vice-Chancellor leading a Sustainability Office dedicated to sustainability across research, teaching, engagement with external partners and the running of campuses.

The role was established in 2014, when Victoria also became the first New Zealand university to pledge to divest its investments in fossil fuels and made 'Enhancing the resilience and sustainability of natural heritage and capital' one of eight areas of academic distinctiveness in its 20-year Strategic Plan.

Victoria is a global-civic university committed to global citizenship and contributing to co-creative solutions to international challenges.

It is New Zealand's first-ranked university for research quality and together with partners in government, business and the wider community is active in high-quality inter- and trans-disciplinary research and teaching for sustainable development and the sustainable management of both the natural and built environment.

Victoria is home to the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute, one of the top 50 environmental think tanks in the world, and the Antarctic Research Centre.

Victoria Business School has been a signatory to the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Management Education since 2014 and in 2016 the University joined the United Nations' Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Also in 2016, Victoria signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Wellington urban eco-sanctuary Zealandia, which formalised a long-term working relationship and included plans for a joint research centre focusing on urban ecology.

The University's Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) is Associate Professor Marjan van den Belt, who is at the forefront of innovative thinking about sustainability and is internationally respected and sought-after as an adviser and speaker on ecological economics, mediated modelling and other emerging decision support tools.