The Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is New Zealandís newest university, formed on 1 January 2000 when the Auckland Institute of Technology was granted university status. Its primary campus is on Queen Street in central Auckland, next to the University of Auckland. It is divided into five faculties of Arts, Business, Te Ara Poutama, Science & Engineering, and Health Studies. A secondary campus is at Akoranga on the North Shore.
AUT had its origins in the Technical College system (established nationwide) which provided vocational courses to students. It was founded as Auckland Technical College in 1895, offering evening classes only. Daytime classes began in 1906. In 1913, it was renamed Seddon Memorial Technical College, and it was renamed again to Auckland Technical Institute (ATI) in 1960. In 1989, the name changed to Auckland Institute of Technology (AIT), and the current name was adopted when university status was granted in 2000.
Its Chancellor is The Rt Rev Sir Paul Reeves. In 2003, it had 25,750 students.