Matariki Network of Universities

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The Matariki Network of Universities (MNU) is an international group of universities that focuses on strong links between research and undergraduate teaching.[1] Each member is leading international best practice in research and education based on long academic traditions.[2] The MNU was established in 2010 to enable 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.[3]

Name and research activities[edit]

Matariki in the Māori language designates the Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters. It reflects seven founding member universities in the MNU.[4]

Potential activities for the newly formed network include:[5]

  • 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:[6]

Members Country Year Established[5] World Rank by THE-WUR, 2017[7] World Rank by ARWU, 2016[8] World Rank by QS, 2017[9]
Dartmouth College USA 1769 82nd 201-300th 158th
Durham University UK 1832 96th 201-300th 74th
Queen's University Canada 1841 201-250th 201-300th 223rd
University of Otago New Zealand 1869 201-250th 301-400th 169th
University of Tübingen Germany 1477 89th 151-200th 167th
University of Western Australia Australia 1911 125th 96th 102nd
Uppsala University Sweden 1477 93rd 60th 98th


  1. ^ "The International Office". Durham University. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Minutes of the University Executive Committee" (PDF). Durham University. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Welcome to the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU)". MNU. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  4. ^ "The Name". The Matariki Network of Universities. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Queen's joins new international network". Queen's University. 17 May 2010. Archived from the original on 26 May 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Members of the Matariki Network of Universities". The Matariki Network of Universities. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  7. ^ "The World University Rankings 2016-2017". Times Higher Education. 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities - 2016". ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  9. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2016". QS World University Rankings. QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2017.

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