Top Universities And Colleges In New Zealand

By: Loan Budy

Studying in New Zealand is an excellent choice. The small island nation is one of the safest places in the world and has developed an education system based on the successful UK model. Tuition fees are relatively affordable, especially when compared to the US, and local universities are listed among the best in the world.

The University of Auckland continues to be the top university in New Zealand for 2021, beating seven other universities in the country to rank 81st in the worldYou can even see each institution’s score for their efforts in working towards the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs.).

The University of Auckland

Up an impressive six places this year to now rank joint 437th in the world, Auckland University of Technology (AUT) dates back to 1895 when it was originally founded as the Auckland Technical School, and boasts the highest score among universities in New Zealand for the percentage of international students indicator (23rd in the world).

Auckland University of Technology

Ranked joint 387th in the world in 2021, Lincoln University was originally part of the University of Canterbury before formally separating to become an independent institution in 1990. Like AUT, it receives a very high score for its percentage of international students, and also places in the top 100 for agriculture and forestry according to the most recent QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Lincoln University

The University of Waikato drops over 100 places this year in the world university rankings to place joint 375th globally. The university has internationally recognised research capabilities and facilities across numerous disciplines, and offers qualifications in a broad range of subject areas, 15 of which are recognised and individually ranked by QS..

University of Waikato

This year’s QS World University Rankings sees Massey University climb 11 places to rank 272nd in the world, overtaking the University of Waikato to place fifth among the top universities in New Zealand. Massey, located in the city of Palmerton North on the North Island, is the only university in the country offering programs in aviation, dispute resolution, veterinary medicine, and nanoscience.

Massey University

The University of Canterbury is located in Christchurch on the South Island. It’s one of the oldest universities in New Zealand, having been established in 1873 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand. Its student population now stands at roughly 17,300.

University of Canterbury

Victoria University of Wellington is a globally ranked, research-intensive university and the first-ranked university in New Zealand for research quality. Its research is robust, relevant and multi-disciplinary, drawing together expertise from across the University to address local, national, and global challenges.

Victoria University of Wellington

The University of Otago is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, and has the highest-possible rating of 5 Stars Plus in the QS global university performance ratings.With regards to International Rankings of the Universities, Auckland has a slight edge over Otago, being ranked 70th in the World as opposed to Otago being in the 101-150 band

University of Otago

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