The University of Auckland, established in 1883, is New Zealand’s pre-eminent research-led University. It is also New Zealand’s largest university with a roll of 40,000, including 5,500 international students from 85 different countries. The University is held in high regard internationally as a research facility and centre of academic excellence.

The University has a long standing relationship with Chinese initiatives, hosting a China Centre, the New Zealand Asia Institute and New Zealand’s largest academic Chinese language and literature department. It has strong multilateral partnerships with top-tier Chinese universities and one of the highest enrolments for students from the People's Republic of China of any research university internationally.

The University of Auckland is the only New Zealand University invited to join Universitas 21 and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities.