The Matariki Network of Universities at Queen's


The Matariki Network of Universities is an international group of leading, like-minded universities, each amongst the most historic in its own country, and recognized as being:

  • a premier place of advanced learning, nationally and internationally
  • research-intensive across a broad subject base
  • focused on providing a high-quality student experience
  • flexible, modern, innovative, comprehensive and globally oriented

Queen's is one of the seven founding members of the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU). The members of the Matariki Network have developed programming for faculty, staff and students, which all revolve around the core Matariki Network principles of advancing teaching, learning, research and student experience. Queen’s University has also developed its own initiatives to support members of the Queen’s community in their engagements with the other six partners of the Matariki Network.

The name "Matariki" is from the Māori language, in which Matariki is the name of the Pleiades star cluster (also known as The Seven Sisters). For Māori, Matariki has come to mean a celebration of the unique place in which we reside and the giving of respect for the land on which we live.  The seven founding members of MNU are each significant contributors to the city or town in which they are based, and value the ‘town-gown’ relationship.

MNU for Faculty MNU for Students MNU for Staff


Participants of the 2019 Matariki Global Citizenship Forum hosted by Durham University, UK.

Celebrating 10 years of the Matariki Network of Universities

In 2020, the Matariki Network of Universities celebrates 10 years of partnering for a better world.

To commemorate this milestone, the network published a comprehensive report that celebrates the first ten years of the MNU. You can read the report here.

Upcoming Opportunities

For more opportunities, visit the official Matariki Network of Universities website.


For more information, please contact:
Laura Esford, Matariki Network Coordinator
613-533-6000 extension 79124