World University Rankings

NZ Herald reports on the latest QS World University Rankings in New Zealand universities confirmed as world-class.

The QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings assess universities across four areas: research, resourcing, graduate employability and internationalisation.

The QS Rankings considers 3800 institutions worldwide and ranks the top 916.

  • University of Auckland 81
  • University of Otago 169 (up 4)
  • Canterbury University 214
  • Victoria University 228
  • Waikato University 324 (up 77)
  • Lincoln University 343 (up 68)
  • Auckland University of Technology 450 (up 60)

Chris Whelan, the executive director of Universities New Zealand, said the rankings are an extraordinary result and “something that New Zealanders should be proud of”.

“We are the only country in the world to have all our universities ranked within the top 500. If you are a young New Zealander thinking about where to do a degree, you can be confident of getting a world-class education at any of our universities.”

Whelan said an increased focus on funding high quality research contributed to the success of New Zealand rankings.

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18 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  6th September 2016

    I don’t get it. If you are after excellence, where’s the results?

    “Whelan said an increased focus on funding high quality research contributed to the success of New Zealand rankings.”

    Ok, so does that equate into broad intellectual rigour across the whole Uni which should be the main focus of universities?

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    • duperez

       /  6th September 2016

      It’s all a matter of what’s being taken into consideration.
      According to one source there are more than 2500 universities in the USA, about 130 in Great Britain.
      On one ranking list Australia has seven universities higher ranked than any of ours.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/9584155/University-rankings-which-world-university-rankings-should-we-trust.html

      http://www.shanghairanking.com/ARWU2016.html

      (Maybe the Australian brains trust can get together to come up with a way to use that power for something important – like how to win the Bledisloe Cup.) 😊

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      • Corky

         /  6th September 2016

        “It’s all a matter of what’s being taken into consideration.”

        I think that’s the key point.

        For example, the above article has four criteria: research, resourcing, graduate employability and internationalisation.

        Lets take internationalisation for example. According to this definition it can mean anything.

        “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/InternationalizationIn economics, internationalization is the process of increasing involvement of enterprises in international markets, although there is no agreed definition of internationalization. There are several internationalization theories which try to explain why there are international activities.”

        The reality? We could be snake handling Appalachian hillbillies. But as long as we do internationalisation well, we may have a Internationally accepted rating.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  6th September 2016

          I did a sabbatical in the City University, London. Staff there thought they were hard done by. They had twice as many staff for half as many students as a NZ university. So if resources are measured by staff/student ratios we start with a big handicap in these rankings.

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  2. Geoffrey

     /  6th September 2016

    Where did Massey place?

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  3. Zedd

     /  6th September 2016

    I dont see IANZ (Private college.. in the recent news) in the list ! 😀 :/

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  4. Corky

     /  6th September 2016

    Gezza and Blazer and Parti are quiet today. He must be putting their feet up for a deserved rest.

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    • Gezza

       /  6th September 2016

      Corky if you think I have been posting here under other identities you are wrong.
      I don’t know where those other two are. I’m sure PZ’s about, I have no idea where Blazer is & don’t want to know. Me – yes, I am having a rest.
      This place just got crazy & I feel like I did too & I’m taking time out.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  6th September 2016

      I miss Gezza’s humour – especially when he is being serious – and his stories. The other two should learn from him that life stories are more interesting than opinions.

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      • Pickled Possum

         /  6th September 2016

        Yes Al Geza humour is Awe-sum his life stories, even his opinions, memes, jokes, stand-up comedy, bits of his-story, grammar, pun-chew-ation, spelin, all interesting.
        Yep I am the Prezzy of his fan club … now where’s the Sexytary & the Treasure …
        oh Miss oh Nells Cooee!
        Staying on topic … now we know why people from all around the world come to NZ to go to Uni 😉

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