At a glance

Award-winning researchers

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.

Prime Minister’s Science Prize Winners

Read about Dr Siouxse Wiles Superbugs Lab

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.

Royal Society Research Honours medals

Howard Williams Medal

Distinguished Professor Jane Harding is to be awarded the Howard Williams Medal for 2014 at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Congress in Auckland in May.

Read about Distinguished Professor Harding’s research in Auckland Now and an overview of the Liggins Insitute’s clinical research.


Our Research Works Wonders

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading research university, home to 35% of the top A-rated academic researchers in the country, demonstrating “the greatest depth and breadth of research activity in the New Zealand tertiary sector” (Tertiary Education Commission, 2012 Performance Based Research Fund Quality Evaluation report).

At the University of Auckland, a great deal of effort goes into discovering answers to questions you may wonder about. To find out what some of our researchers are doing at the University, visit our YouTube channel to see how our Research works wonders

Associate Professor Jason Ingham - How can we save our heritage buildings from earthquakes?

Award-winning teachers

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.

In 2013 the University’s National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award winners included Associate Professor Byrony James, Professor Alison Jones and Associate Professor Cather Simpson.

Video – Teaching Excellence at the University of Auckland


Highest international ranking

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s world-ranked university. We are the only New Zealand university ranked among the world’s top 200 universities by the Times Higher Education World Rankings of Universities. We rank in the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings, and are the highest ranked New Zealand university in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

International and national rankings


Located in a top-ranked city

The University of Auckland’s main City Campus is located in the heart of Auckland, which is ranked third out of 223 world cities for quality of living in the 2014 Mercer Quality of Living Survey (see

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.

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A strong international focus

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.

International networks and affiliations


New Zealand’s largest and most comprehensive university

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.

Faculties, institutes and campuses


New Zealand’s premier research commercialisation company (UniServices)

The University of Auckland has developed New Zealand’s premier research commercialisation company, Auckland UniServices Ltd. In just twenty years UniServices has grown to produce an income of over $NZ135 million per annum, far surpassing any similar operation in New Zealand and most of those in Australia. This income derives from nationally and internationally competitive sources and from the commercialisation of intellectual property developed by staff and students at the University.

Auckland UniServices


Top research output

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s pre-eminent research-led institution. According to the Government’s 2013 Performance-Based Review Fund (PBRF) report we have 35% of the A-rated staff in the country and receive 33% of the funding allocation for Research Degree Completions and 36% for the allocations for External Research Income, reflecting our leading national performance in these areas. This means we can offer 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 with a third of all postgraduate graduates graduating with a University of Auckland degree. Graduate students are part of a large and diverse cohort in an environment of very strong support for staff and student research.



For more detailed information international and national rankings, students and staff numbers, see:

Key statistics


Educational performance indicators

The Tertiary Education Commission has published a set of indicators to measure the educational performance of universities and other Tertiary Education Organisations. The indicators are intended to provide the public with a basis for comparison between tertiary institutions in terms of the performance of their domestic students.

Educational performance indicators




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