Is AUT a polytechnic?

AIT makes history as New Zealand’s first polytechnic to become a university, and renames itself Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

The technical division is renamed the Auckland Technical Institute (ATI) and, under the Education Amendment Act 1963, is officially recognised as offering advanced vocational education.

1963 — Seddon Memorial Technical College

AIT makes history as New Zealand’s first polytechnic to become a university, and renames itself Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Dr Tony Lanigan is appointed Chancellor and John Hinchcliff is appointed Vice-Chancellor.

The University is accepted as a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and its new programmes are now subject to quality assurance by the Committee on University Academic Programmes.

There is 40% growth in international students compared with the previous year, corresponding to 1,481 international students enrolled from 55 countries.

AUT joins the Global University Alliance to deliver university-level, online learning internationally.

AUT becomes the first New Zealand university to offer online enrolment.

Yachtsman Sir Peter Blake receives AUT’s first honorary doctorate. 2001