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, 2013[7] World Rank by ARWU, 2013[8] World Rank by QS, 2013[9]
Dartmouth College USA 1769 126th 151–200th 113th
Durham University UK 1832 80th 201–300th 90th
Queen’s University Canada 1841 226-250th 201–300th 189th
University of Otago New Zealand 1869 226–250th 201–300th 155th
University of Tübingen Germany 1477 201-225th 151-200th 144th
University of Western Australia Australia 1911 168th 91st 134th
Uppsala University Sweden 1477 111th 73rd 79th
Universities of the MNU
Dartmouth College campus
Dartmouth College: view from the Baker Library 
University College, Durham University
Durham University: University College 
Ontario Hall, Queen's University
Queen's University: Ontario Hall 
Registry Building, University of Otago
University of Otago: Registry Building 
Neue Aula, University of Tübingen
University of Tübingen: the Neue Aula 
Winthrop Hall, University of Western Australia
University of Western Australia: Winthrop Hall 
Botanic Gardens, Uppsala University
Uppsala University: Botanic Gardens 


  1. ^ "The International Office". Durham University. Retrieved 28 Jun 2010. 
  2. ^ "Minutes of the University Executive Committee". Durham University. 23 Mar 2010. Retrieved 28 Jun 2010. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU)". MNU. Retrieved 28 Jun 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Name". The Matariki Network of Universities. Retrieved 28 Jun 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Queen's joins new international network". Queen's University. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 28 Jun 2010. 
  6. ^ "Members of the Matariki Network of Universities". The Matariki Network of Universities. Retrieved 28 Jun 2010. 
  7. ^ "The World University Rankings 2013-2014". Times Higher Education. 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities - 2013". ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2013". QS World University Rankings. QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 

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