University climbs world rankings
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.