Dartmouth College is one of seven founding members of Matariki Network of Universities (MNU) a global coalition of universities. Matariki’s mission is “to build upon the collective strengths of its member institutions to develop international excellence in research and education and to promote social responsibility locally and globally,” according to its website.
The other partner institutions are Durham University (founded in 1832) in England; Queen's University (1841) in Canada; University of Otago (1869) in New Zealand; University of Tübingen(1477) in Germany; University of Western Australia (1911) in Australia; and Uppsala University (1477) in Sweden. (Dartmouth was founded in 1769.)
The group's name, "Matariki," is the Maori (the indigenous people of New Zealand) name for the group of seven stars, also known as the Pleiades star cluster. Dartmouth students and faculty have a long-standing relationship with the Maori, as they collaborate with them on the anthropology and linguistics and cognitive science Foreign Study Program in Auckland, New Zealand.
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