Auckland Uni tops ranking
Auckland University is New Zealand’s topplaced university in a global ranking.
In the annual QS World University Rankings Auckland University slid back one spot on last year’s rankings, coming in at 82nd in the world.
The University of Waikato rose 32 places to 292nd and Massey and Lincoln universities climbed 24 spots to 316th and 319th respectively.
University of Otago rose 18 places to 151st, and Victoria University of Wellington nine places to 219th.
The University of Canterbury maintained its 214th place ranking and AUT remained in the 441-450 place bracket.
Internationally, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) held its fist place spot for the sixth year running, followed by Stanford and Harvard universities.
English academic strongholds Cambridge and Oxford were fifth and sixth placed respectively after California Institute of Technology (4th).
Universities New Zealand executive director Chris Whelan said domestic institutions did well in research and international connections.
‘‘Despite really tight funding conditions, New Zealand universities have done well because we know how to cater to the rankings and they play to our strengths.
‘‘That all of our universities are in the top 450 is truly impressive; no other country in the world can boast that.’’
Whelan said good rankings helped attract international staff.
About 80 per cent of international students considered rankings when deciding to study here but they were not the main driver.
QS research director Ben Sowter applauded New Zealand’s rankings ’’especially considering that it competes with far more populous and richer countries’’.
‘‘However, it is essential to continually invest and improve as the sector is evolving rapidly, particularly so in Asia,’’ he said.
China participated in the QS rankings for the first time this year. Six of its universities placed in the top 100.
A release from QS warned our universities could miss out if Asian immigration ‘‘becomes less acceptable in the western world’’.