At a glance

Highest international ranking

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s world-ranked university. We are the only New Zealand university ranked in the top 200 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, in the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings, and with the maximum rating of Five Stars Plus in the QS Stars University Ratings. The University is also 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.



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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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