If you’re planning to go to university in New Zealand next year, whatever institution you attend will be ranked in the top 3% of all universities worldwide.
The standings of universities all over the world are published each year by a number of organisations. The best regarded of these ‘league tables’ are the QS World University Rankings compiled in the UK. Their 2016 rankings were published this week and show positive trends for all eight NZ universities.
The University of Auckland remains New Zealand’s top ranked university at 81st place, followed by Otago, which has risen four places to 169th, with Canterbury at 214th, closely followed by Victoria at 228th. Waikato has moved up 77 places over the past two years to rank at 324th, with Massey at 340th. Lincoln has moved up 68 places in the past two years to be ranked at 343rd, while the Auckland University of Technology also made significant gains over the past two years, moving up 60 places to 441-450.
Rankings are important for a number of reasons. They help to attract and keep quality academic teachers and researchers; they encourage other highly ranked universities to collaborate with researchers at universities here; they encourage international students to come here; and they help ensure NZ can provide students like you with a genuine world class education.
When good ranking results come out, the universities are quick off the mark with news releases celebrating these. The University of Auckland talks about being the country’s top ranked university, Canterbury is delighted with their research rankings, the University of Waikato is happy their rankings keep improving and AUT, our youngest university, is proud to break into the top 3% globally.
Best in the world in 2016? According to QS World University Rankings, it’s MIT, but getting there is tough. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology only accepts 1500 new undergraduate students each year, 8% of all applicants. Stanford is next, then the famous and famously wealthy Harvard. Cambridge is 4th and the highest rated outside the USA, while Caltech (California Institute of Technology) rounds out the top five.
Top in this part of the world is the Australian National University in Canberra which comes in at 22nd globally.
- Read the news release from Universities New Zealand which explains how the ratings are worked out