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The Matariki Network of Universities
) is an international group of universities created in 2010, which focuses on strong links between research and undergraduate teaching. It claims that each member is leading international best practice in research and education based on long academic traditions. The MNU has been established to enable the universities to enhance diversity, to share ideas and expertise, and to learn international best practice from each other, recognising the shared commitment to an ethos of excellence in research, scholarship and rounded education.
Name and research activities
“Matariki” is the Māori name for the group of stars known as the Pleiades
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. It reflects seven founding member universities in the MNU.
Potential activities for the newly formed network include:
- enhanced student exchange
- joint postgraduate programmes
- social responsibility projects
- research collaboration
- conferences and workshops on topics of mutual interest
- visiting fellowships
- faculty and staff exchange and secondments
- benchmarking and sharing of best practice
- cultural and sporting activities
As of September 2010 the founding members of the Matariki Network of Universities are:
|| Year Established
|| World Rank by THE-WUR
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| World Rank by ARWU
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| World Rank by QS
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| Dartmouth College
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| Durham University
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| Queen’s University
| University of Otago
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| New Zealand
| University of Tübingen
| University of Western Australia
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| Uppsala University
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