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 2020.

Placed =83rd 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 #60 for Academic and #129 for Employer Reputation.

Top rankings in QS Subject Rankings 2019

In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, the University of Auckland was ranked in the top 100 for 33 of our subjects. In particular, 13 subjects were ranked in the top 50.


Our 13 subjects placed in the world’s top 50 are:

  • Archaeology (#23 in the world)
  • Education (#26 in the world)
  • Geography (#28 in the world)
  • Pharmacy & Pharmacology (#30 in the world)
  • Nursing (#36 in the world)
  • Engineering - Civil & Structural (#37 in the world)
  • English Language and Literature (#38 in the world)
  • Philosophy (#41 in the world)
  • Sports-related subjects (#41 in the world)
  • Law (#44 in the world)
  • Linguistics (#46 in the world)
  • Anthropology (#49 in the world)
  • Psychology (#50 in the world)

Source: QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019

First in New Zealand for Graduate Employability

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university for Graduate Employability.

The University has been ranked #1 in New Zealand and #71 worldwide in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019

In the Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking 2018, the University was placed amongst the 150 best universities worldwide for delivering work-ready graduates (#133). The University is the only New Zealand university ranked in the top 150.

QS 5+ Stars rating

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

Top 200 in Times Higher Education Rankings

The University of Auckland ranked =179th in the 2020 Times Higher Education World Rankings, making it the top-ranked university in New Zealand.

#1 in Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings

  • Overall ranking for impact (1st in the world)
  • SDG 3: Good health and well-being (1st in the world)
  • SDG 4: Quality education (15th in the world)
  • SDG 5: Gender equality (6th in the world)
  • SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth (15th in the world)
  • SDG 10: Reduced inequalities (19th in the world)
  • SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities (11th in the world)
  • SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions (7th in the world)
  • SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals (1st in the world)

Most innovative university in New Zealand

In the Reuters' ranking of Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities – 2018, the University of Auckland has once again been ranked as the most innovative university in New Zealand. The University placed #39 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.