Latest THE rankings see AUT rated NZ's #3

The big news from the latest international university rankings is AUT’s climb to be the third ranked uni in New Zealand.

AUT’s latest Times Higher Education World University Ranking is in the 301-350 band (after the first 100 the unis are banded together in groups), up from last year’s 401-450 ranking and is now the third highest ranked university in New Zealand.

This is the third consecutive year that AUT has moved up the rankings while at the same time 3 NZ unis slipped with their scores.

The climb is due to a big jump in the amount of AUT’s research that is being referenced by other universities (called citations) and the number of international staff and students. AUT is number one in NZ on these indicators.

Auckland stays clear on top of NZ rankings

Auckland stays in top spot on the rankings and is the only NZ uni in the top 100 worldwide.

It’s highest rated subject area is Education where it is #37 globally, despite cutting back their teaching programme next year. Auckland ranks #82 for its Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health subjects, and #95 globally for Psychology.

Otago comes in second on the NZ uni table, ranked in the 201-250 band.

Canterbury sits in the 301-350 group with AUT while Victoria University is in the 401-500 bracket.

Melbourne tops across in Australia

Across the Tasman, the highest ranked universities are: University of Melbourne (1), Australian National University, University of Sydney, University of Queensland and Monash University in Melbourne. Auckland ranks 9th in Australasia.

See the top ranked Australian universities

Global top 5 stay much the same

At the top of the global rankings the top trio are the same as last year with the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and Stanford University running 1-2-3.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology climbs just one place to fourth, while the California Institute of Technology, which topped the rankings between 2012 and 2016, drops two places to fifth.

Here’s the details on the top five universities worldwide

China on the rise

This year for the first time a Chinese university has been ranked as the top institution in Asia. Tsinghua University has overtaken the National University of Singapore as the best institution in the continent, after rising eight places to 22nd – representing the greatest rise in the top 30. NUS dropped just one spot from joint 22nd to 23rd.

China has 72 universities listed in the rankings, the 4th highest of the countries represented.

Here are the 2019 THE World University Rankings