All eight universities are ranked in the top 100 universities in the world in one or more subjects. They are ranked among the top 50 universities in the world in 21 different subjects, with 68 subjects ranked in the world’s top 100.
Chris Whelan, Executive Director of Universities New Zealand, describes it as an outstanding result, despite intense international competition.
“The results show that our eight universities are among the best in the world, despite competition from larger and better funded institutions in the United States and Europe.
“New Zealand universities receive about 70 per cent of the funding per student as comparable universities in Australia and the United Kingdom.”
Now in its sixth year, the QS World University Rankings by Subject are based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research citations, with weightings tailored to each subject. This year, employer rankings demonstrated they are happy with the quality of graduates entering their industry, giving New Zealand’s universities an average score of 80 per cent across the top 100 subjects.
New Zealand’s only Dentistry School at the University of Otago achieved the best New Zealand ranking, at 12th best in the world. The University of Auckland is ranked in the top 50 across 15 different subjects, including Archaeology, Education and Psychology. Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart McCutcheon describes it as “an outstanding result”.
University of Canterbury Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr was also pleased with the results.
“These rankings confirm local students don’t have to leave to access world-class quality research-informed teaching and learning. It’s all right here – accessible, affordable and of the highest quality.”