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Hands-on-learning is one of the strengths of Lincoln University qualifications.
Lincoln University

Lincoln University is New Zealand’s specialist land-based university and is one of the country’s oldest tertiary education institutions. Having been founded in 1878 as a School of Agriculture, the University has long been held in high regard for our agricultural and land-based outcomes and today flagship programmes include agriculture, agricultural science, agribusiness, horticultural, viticulture, conservation and ecology, supply chain management, biosecurity and bioprotection, landscape architecture, environmental policy and planning, tourism, sport and recreation, science, and commerce.

The University offers a full range of specialist programmes from vocational training, certificates and diplomas to undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate qualifications. Our strong theoretical and practical qualifications are highly regarded nationally and internationally because of the close links to industry and the real world experiences included in our teaching.

The University has two residential campuses. The larger of the two is located 20-minutes south of Christchurch, in picturesque and park-like 58-hectares and provides a supportive, multi-cultural atmosphere with a student population of approximately 4,500, representing over 60 different countries. Students have said that the relatively small size of the university means that it makes for a more social university experience; it’s easier to make friends and classes are smaller. 

The second campus – Telford in Balclutha, South Otago – is where vocational sub-degree qualifications are offered in the land-based sectors, taught on the Telford Farm.

The University hosts the South Island’s only Centre of Research Excellence, the Bio-Protection Research Centre. The University has many research collaborations with industry (e.g. dairy, wine and tourism) and with other universities in New Zealand and overseas. In 2013 Lincoln University signed a significant agreement with the Euroleague of Life Sciences (ELLS), as one of just three universities outside the league to have been invited to partner with ELLS to-date.

The University strives to remain highly relevant to students and industry – through research collaboration, external partnerships and academic teaching.


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