Rankings information

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings

The Times Higher Education publishes the top 980 universities. The calculation is based on 13 indicators across five broad areas of activity: teaching, industry income, citations, research and international outlook. The University of Auckland is the only New Zealand university included in the top 200. Auckland’s ranking of 165 is ninth highest of all Australian and New Zealand universities.

For more information see: University of Auckland profile 2016.

QS World University Rankings

The QS World University Rankings publishes the world's top 900+ universities. The rankings are based on peer review, citations per staff member, the ratio of staff to students, recruiter review, and the proportion of international staff and international students. In 2016-2017 the University of Auckland was the highest ranked New Zealand university at 81, with the next, the University of Otago at 169 and the University of Canterbury at 214.

Auckland ranks well in each of the QS World University Ranking of broad subject areas: Arts and Humanities (28), Social Sciences & Management (36), Engineering and Technology (59), Life Sciences & Medicine (70), and Natural Science (134).

QS also offers rankings by 40 individual subjects. In 2016 the University of Auckland was ranked first in New Zealand in 35 of the 40 subjects. The University was in the top 50 for 15 of these subjects, with Archaeology (20), Development Studies (26), Education (23), Psychology (29),  Nursing (32), Law (32), English Language and Literature (31), Accounting and Finance (34), Geography (38), Engineering - Civil & Structural (41), Architecture and Building (44), Anthropology (44), Social Policy (49) and Linguistics (49) ranking particularly well.

For more information see: QS World University Rankings.

QS Stars University Ratings

The QS Stars rating system aims to give students a broad picture of the qualities of an institution by gathering and assessing information over a range of areas, including facilities, international collaborations and student exchanges, employability of graduates and innovation. The institution is evaluated and awarded a rating of between one and five stars over eight fields and a rating of between one and five + stars for the institution overall.

The University of Auckland scored the highest possible rating of Five Stars Plus – the most awarded to any New Zealand university. Maximum five-star ratings were received in each of the areas evaluated: teaching, employability, research, internationalisation, facilities, innovation, access and discipline rankings and accreditations.  

For more information see: QS Stars University Ratings.

Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities

Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranks the world's universities on several indicators of academic or research performance including alumni and staff winning Nobel prizes, highly cited researchers, articles published and the per capita academic performance of an institution. In 2016 the University of Auckland was the highest ranked New Zealand university in the 151-200 band.

For more information see: ARWU (151-200 band).