According to QS World University Rankings® 2019, New Zealand’s Top eight universities are among the global 500 best universities in the world. QS World University Rankings® 2019, uses an assessment methodology that puts into consideration among other things;
- University’s reputation among employees and academics
- Yearly research impact by its faculty
Here then is the list of top universities in New Zealand.
8. Auckland University of Technology
Auckland University of Technology (AUT) was established in 1895 and is ranked joint 464th in the world in 2019. Initially called Auckland Technical School it was later renamed to UAT as the institution grew. it currently has the highest number of international students than any other University in New Zealand making it number 23rd in the world in terms of international student population.
AUT is New Zealand’s fastest growing postgraduate study destination, and one of the world’s top young universities. The university is proud of its diverse, collaborative community and outstanding facilities.
Massey University has a distinctive reputation established through academic leadership, research excellence and innovative teaching. The University located in the city of Palmerton North was recently ranked 38th in the world in a new rankings measure devised by Britain’s Times Higher Education in what it calls Impact Rankings. In the overall world universities rankings, the institution of higher learning in New Zealand stands at the 332nd position.
6. Lincoln University
Initially linked to Canterbury College, the now independent university welcomed its first intake of students way back in 1880. In 1896 it separated from Canterbury College and became Canterbury Agricultural College, her own governing body and the ability to award degrees through the University of New Zealand. Later on, in 1990 the now ranked 317th university in the world this year became the self-governing national university that they are today. Lincoln University is among the top 50 best agricultural universities in the world. It boasts a diverse student population and members of faculty.
5. University of Waikato
The University of Waikato has been a consistent climber in the most prestigious international university rankings. Over the last five years, they have risen 127 places in the QS World University Rankings. Moreover, in the recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings, they were ranked among the top third in New Zealand.
The University of Waikato is currently ranked 274th worldwide as per 2019 Top Universities rankings. As per its mission, the university is committed to delivering a world-class education and research portfolio, providing a full and dynamic university experience, distinctive in character, and pursuing strong international links to advance knowledge.
Waikato university describes itself as a provider of future-focused, international education and an active player in global research. Their rankings reflect these strengths.
The University of Canterbury has a diverse range of study options with over 100 qualifications in more than 80 different subject areas. UC is the most research-intensive university in the whole of New Zealand.
The University of Canterbury was the first NZ university to receive 5 Stars rating in 2011 by the international ranking agency QS and has maintained its 5 Stars status since then.
The QS website states “A typical five-star institution is generally world-class in a broad range of areas, enjoys an excellent reputation and has cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.”
In the 2018/2019 World University Rankings QS also ranked the University of Canterbury at position 231 worldwide.
Victoria University is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious tertiary institutions with a proud tradition of academic excellence with over 115 years of rich history.
Located at New Zealand’s capital city, Victoria University of Wellington is one of the top universities in the country. Known for the research prowess of its faculty, VU has earned accolades in the academic circles around the world. The university is closely connected to the Government of New Zealand.
Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand’s globally ranked capital city university. In the QS World University Rankings 2019 Victoria is ranked at 221 in the world.
Victoria carries out world-class research, teaching and engagement, drawing upon the global mindedness of its location in New Zealand’s capital.
2. University of Otago
As New Zealand’s first university, founded in 1869, the University of Otago has earned an international reputation for the quality of its research and teaching. Otago attracts the best and brightest students from within New Zealand and around the globe usually the first choice for more than 20,000 students.
The University based mainly in Dunedin was ranked 175 in the 2018/19 QS World University Rankings and is is still leading the way when it comes to world-class teaching and student lifestyle.
Based on national data, we have the best performance indicators for any university in the country for successful completion of courses and qualifications, student progression to higher level study, and students retained in study.
Achieving high approval ratings in employer surveys, Otago graduates are sought after and appreciated with many occupying influential positions in industry, government and within their communities across the world.
1. University of Auckland
Simply the best university in New Zealand. The University of Auckland is the highest ranked New Zealand university in the main world university rankings.
The University of Auckland is ranked No. 1 globally in the inaugural University Impact Rankings by Times Higher Education and 85th worldwide by the QS World University Rankings. This makes it the University is the only New Zealand university in the top 100 universities worldwide.
The new rankings by Times Higher Education measure how universities worldwide are performing against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Auckland based institution ranks top due to its good global reputation amongst both academics and employers. Worldwide, the University ranks #60 for Academic and #129 for Employer Reputation.
In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, the University of Auckland was ranked in the top 100 for 33 of our subjects. In particular, 13 subjects were ranked in the top 50.