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’’.

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