Founded in 1990, Lincoln University is a highly-ranked public institution for higher education and research. Established as the School of Agriculture in 1878, the institution went through various structural and name changes over the years. A constituent college of the University of Canterbury since 1961, Lincoln College was made an independent university in 1990. The university has accreditations from the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), Pacific Rim Real Estate Society (PRRES), New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI), and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). It has a membership of the Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS).
Situated in New Zealand's Lincoln town, the university has a 123-acre campus in Christchurch outskirts that consists of administrative offices, academic buildings, recreational and parking spaces, residence halls, and sports facilities. The university library offers an extensive collection of rare and unique printed and digital resources related to different subjects of study. The campus features a bookshop, printing center, boxing studio, fitness center, training hall, and social spaces. Other facilities offered on the campus include free Wi-Fi connectivity, student support system, health services, and counseling. The university has six residence halls that offer on-campus housing facility to students. The university also manages several off-campus rented accommodations.
Lincoln University has three faculties offering a range of career-focused diplomas and undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral-level degree programs. It also has the University Studies and English Language Division that renders two teaching programs in the English language. The university offers specialization in the disciplines of agriculture, engineering, sciences, computing, business, commerce, landscape architecture, environment, horticulture, forestry, property valuation, sports and recreation, transport, food, winemaking, viticulture, tourism, and hospitality. Lincoln University has 11 research centers. Apart from this, the university has collaborations with several leading organizations and research centers to help students acquire additional knowledge and skills through practical learning under industry professionals. Lincoln Agritech, Bio-Protection Research Centre, Agri One and South Island Dairying Development Centre are the research partners of the university.
The Students' Association of the university (LUSA) manages several clubs that focus on educational and recreational activities for students and teachers. While on the campus, students can indulge in sports like badminton, basketball, football, hockey, tennis, rugby, netball, rowing, squash, and volleyball. At present, about 6,279 students are pursuing their degree programs at the university, including the 3,500 on-campus learners. There are over 900 international students from 60 nations of the world, who make up 34.4 % of the student population. The university has around 200 academic staff members, who are highly knowledgeable and experienced. The student-faculty ratio at the university is 12:1
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