New Zealand's world-ranked University

The University of Auckland is the highest ranked New Zealand university in the main world university rankings.

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Top 100 in QS World University Rankings

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university in the QS World University Rankings 2018.

Placed #82 in the world, the University is the only New Zealand university in the top 100. 

The University of Auckland is also the highest ranked university in New Zealand for its global reputation amongst both academics and employers. Worldwide, the University ranks #56 for Academic and #103 for Employer Reputation.

Top rankings in QS Subject Rankings 2017

In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, the University of Auckland is #1 in New Zealand for 37 of the 40 subjects, in which we are ranked.

This graphic shows the University of Auckland is ranked first in 37 of the 40 subjects.

Worldwide, we are among the top 50 universities for 16 of our subjects on offer. Two subjects are placed in the world’s top 20 with Archaeology ranking #16 and Education #20 in the world.

This graphic shows the University of Auckland is ranked in the world’s top 50 universities for 16 of our subjects.

Our 16 subjects placed in the world’s top 50 are:

  • Archaeology (#16 in the world)
  • Education (#20 in the world)
  • English Language and Literature (#29 in the world)
  • Psychology (#33 in the world)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (#34 in the world)
  • Geography (#34 in the world)
  • Law (#36 in the world)
  • Accounting & Finance (#37 in the world)
  • Engineering - Civil and Structural (#38 in the world)
  • Modern Languages (#42 in the world)
  • Anthropology (#44 in the world)
  • Social Policy (#45 in the world)
  • Statistics (#49 in the world)
  • Linguistics (#50 in the world)
  • Nursing (#50 in the world)
  • Sociology (#50 in the world)

Source: University Subject Rankings 2017, University of Auckland.

Highest ranking for Graduate Employability

The University of Auckland has been ranked internationally as New Zealand’s leading university for Graduate Employability.

In the Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking 2016, the University was placed amongst the 150 best universities worldwide for delivering work-ready graduates. The University maintained its 2015 ranking of #140 and was the only New Zealand university ranked in the top 150.

The QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2017 also ranks the University of Auckland #1 in New Zealand and #51-60 worldwide.

QS 5+ Stars rating

In the QS Stars Rating, the University of Auckland is rated as a Five Stars Plus institution for excellence in the categories: Research, Employability, Teaching, Facilities, Internationalisation, Innovation and Inclusiveness.

Top 200 in Times Higher Education Rankings

The University of Auckland is also the only New Zealand university in the world’s top 200 of the Times Higher Education World Rankings (#192).

Most innovative university in New Zealand

In the Reuters Top 75: Asia-Pacific's Most Innovative Universities rankings 2017, the University of Auckland has been ranked as the most innovative university in New Zealand. The University placed #32 overall, with no other New Zealand university ranked in the top 75.

The University of Auckland is also recognised by the MIT Skoltech Initiative as one of five emerging world-leading universities in entrepreneurship. The full report is available below.