Univer­sity climbs world rank­ings

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Waikato Univer­sity aca­demics and their re­search are among the best in the world, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est QS World Univer­sity Rank­ings.

The list ranked Waikato 92nd world­wide for ci­ta­tions per fac­ulty, a mea­sure of how of­ten their re­search is cited by other aca­demics around the world.

In the rank­ings re­leased on Thurs­day Waikato Univer­sity has also im­proved 18 places on last year’s over­all spot, mov­ing from 292 to 274 out of more than 26,000 uni­ver­si­ties.

Vice-chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Neil Quigley said a lot of work has been done to im­prove the way the univer­sity per­forms so it was good to see that val­i­dated in the re­sults.

‘‘The hard work and out­stand­ing re­search of our aca­demics is again be­ing ac­knowl­edged as amongst the most in­flu­en­tial in the world.

‘‘Not only are they help­ing ad­dress key global is­sues, but as great ed­u­ca­tors they are pass­ing their skills and knowl­edge on to fu­ture lead­ers. ‘‘

The rank­ing also in­creased for international stu­dents, re­flect­ing the strength of the univer­sity’s international mar­ket­ing pro­gramme.

‘‘In­creas­ingly, stu­dents are do­ing their home­work on things like rank­ings when they’re choos­ing a univer­sity,’’ Quigley said.

‘‘From a qual­ity per­spec­tive, they have a great op­tion here.’’

Quigley said the re­sults aren’t just a win for the univer­sity, it’s a win for the re­gion.

‘‘It’s a univer­sity for the re­gion so one of the big­gest global brands based here in the re­gion. The fact we are do­ing so well in terms of global brand recog­ni­tion is a good thing.’’

QS World Rank­ings are based on a wide range of fac­tors in­clud­ing aca­demic rep­u­ta­tion, re­search ci­ta­tions and im­pact, and em­ployer rep­u­ta­tion.

‘‘The hard work and out­stand­ing re­search of our aca­demics is again be­ing ac­knowl­edged as amongst the most in­flu­en­tial in the world.’’

Univer­sity of Waikato vice-chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Neil Quigley says re­search has shown that prospec­tive stu­dents are now re­search­ing QS rank­ings.

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