University of Auckland teachers or teaching teams have won 19 National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards, one in every year but one since their inception in 2002.
The University of Auckland is proud to be the home to ground-breaking researchers. Here are some of our recent successes:
Prime Minister’s Science Prize winners
Four University of Auckland academics won three out of five of the 2013 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes – Professor John Boys and Professor Grant Covic, Dr Ben O’Brien, and Dr Siouxsie Wiles.
Royal Society Research Honours medals
Royal Society Research Honours medals were awarded to five University of Auckland researchers – Professor Dame Anne Salmond won the Rutherford Medal, Professor Neil Broom won the MacDiarmind Medal, Adjunct Professor Dr Peter Lee won the Thomson Medal, Emeritus Professor Harold Marshall won the Pickering Medal and Dr Siouxsie Wiles won the Callaghan Medal.
The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and is the only one ranked among the world’s top 200 universities by the Times Higher Education World Rankings of Universities. It is also the highest ranked New Zealand university in the QS World University Rankings and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.
The University of Auckland’s main City Campus is located in the heart of Auckland, which is ranked third out of 221 world cities for quality of living in the 2012 Mercer Quality of Living Survey (see www.mercer.com/qualityofliving).
Auckland’s harbour setting, magnificent beaches and verdant bush make it a great place to study and work, while the University’s close proximity to New Zealand’s major business city enables staff and students to rub shoulders with leading practitioners in their field. For example, medical students work alongside leading specialists at Auckland City Hospital while the Faculty of Law is within walking distance of the courts and major legal firms. The Business School has a close relationship with leading Auckland companies and academics from our Faculty of Engineering, School of Population Health and School of Architecture and Planning serve on think-tanks helping to shape the city’s future.
The University of Auckland has a strong international focus and is the only New Zealand member of Universitas 21, the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities – international consortia of research-led universities. Today more than 4,000 international students from 93 countries choose to study here, while the University’s 360° Auckland Abroad Student Exchange programme enables New Zealand students to spend one or two semesters at one of the University’s more than 90 university exchange partners around the world.
As well as being New Zealand’s top university, The University of Auckland is the country’s largest. It has a strong focus on quality with selective entry to all programmes.
The University of Auckland has the most comprehensive range of courses in the country with teaching and research conducted over eight faculties and two large-scale research institutes. There are unique opportunities for interdisciplinary studies and conjoint degrees.
The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s pre-eminent research-led institution. Of the 600 researchers in the entire New Zealand tertiary system ranked as being of top international quality in the Government’s latest Performance-Based Review Fund (PBRF) report, one-third are at The University of Auckland. This offers students unparalleled opportunities to be taught and supervised by many of the very best academics in the country.
The University of Auckland also has the largest graduate school in the country, the largest annual number of postgraduate research student completions and the highest level of research income. Graduate students are part of a large and diverse cohort in an environment of very strong support for staff and student research.