The University of Auckland remains New Zealand's top university for 2021, knocking out seven other institutions to place 81st in the globe. Faculty-student ratio, employer reputation, Academic reputation, citations per professor, foreign faculty, and international students are among the six key variables used in the QS World University Rankings 2021.
The University of Auckland :
The University of Auckland is ranked top most in the country in 2021, coming in at 81st in the world this year and receiving its highest academic reputation score. The country's largest university (with 42,759 students in 2018), the university is ranked in the top 50 in the world for 13 subjects in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, including nursing, archaeology, education, geography, and performing arts.
University of Otago :
The University of Otago, which is ranked 184th in the world in 2021, remains second in the country and has the greatest ratio of overseas faculty members in New Zealand (31st in the world). It is the country's oldest university, going back to 1869, and is based in Dunedin on the South Island. It now has roughly 21,240 students, including 2,972 international students.
Victoria University of Wellington :
Victoria University of Wellington is still third in the country, ranked 223rd in the world, and has the highest percentage of overseas faculty members (76th in the world). Additionally, according to the most recent QS World University Rankings by Subject, it is ranked 20th in the world for library studies and 50th in the world for hospitality and leisure management.
University of Canterbury :
The University of Canterbury is located in Christchurch, New Zealand, and is ranked tied 270th this year. It was founded in 1873 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, making it one of the country's oldest universities. It now has a student population of around 17,300.
Massey University :
Massey University has climbed 11 places in the QS World University Rankings, passing the University of Waikato to take fifth place among New Zealand's top universities. Massey University, in the North Island city of Palmerton North, is the country's sole university with programmes in veterinary medicine, aviation, dispute resolution, and nanoscience.
University of Waikato:
This year, the University of Waikato falls almost 100 places in the world university rankings, to joint 375th. The university has internationally recognised research capabilities and facilities in a variety of disciplines, as well as qualifications in a wide range of subject areas, 15 of which are separately recognised and ranked by QS.
It is mostly based on 65 acres of parkland in Hamilton, New Zealand's North Island, but it also has a campus in Tauranga.
Lincoln University :
Lincoln University, which was previously part of the University of Canterbury before formally separating to become an independent institution in 1990, was ranked joint 387th in the world in 2021. Moreover, according to the most current QS World University Rankings by Subject, it has a very high score for the proportion of international students enrolled, and it ranks in the top 100 for agriculture and forestry studies.
Auckland University of Technology:
Auckland University of Technology (AUT) was founded in 1895 as the Auckland Technical School and presently ranks joint 437th in the world. It has the greatest percentage of overseas students of any university in New Zealand (23rd in the world).