Univer­sity slips in global rank­ings


The Univer­sity of Auck­land has fallen nearly 30 places on the global list of best uni­ver­si­ties, and a spokesman is blam­ing gov­ern­ment pol­icy for the de­cline.

The lat­est Times Higher Ed­u­ca­tion World Univer­sity Rank­ings saw the univer­sity ranked at num­ber 192 – down from last year’s rank­ing of 165.

The rank­ings list the top 980 uni­ver­si­ties in the world from a list of more than 16,000 in­sti­tu­tions.

A Univer­sity of Auck­land spokesman said the in­sti­tu­tion was dis­ap­pointed with the drop but still pleased to be ranked as the coun­try’s lead­ing univer­sity.

It was the only New Zealand univer­sity ranked in the top 200.

New Zealand uni­ver­si­ties had been slip­ping down the rank­ings over the past decade and the Univer­sity of Auck­land was not ex­empt from that trend, the spokesman said.

‘‘Our uni­ver­si­ties are forced by gov­ern­ment pol­icy to have some of the low­est lev­els of in­come per stu­dent in the world while other coun­tries are in­vest­ing heav­ily to im­prove their uni­ver­si­ties and take them up the rank­ings.’’

Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Paul Gold­smith re­jected those com­ments, say­ing fund­ing for the univer­sity sec­tor had in­creased 24 per cent since 2008. Bud­get 2017 had $203 mil­lion in­vest­ment in sci­ence and in­no­va­tion, and $132m in ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.


Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Paul Gold­smith re­jected claims the Gov­ern­ment wasn’t in­vest­ing enough.

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