New Zealand's World-Ranked University - Achieve the Amazing

Amazing research

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s pre-eminent research-led institution. According to the Government’s 2013 Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) report we have 35% of the A-rated staff in the country. We receive 33% of the funding allocation for Research Degree Completions and 36% for the allocations for External Research Income, which reflects 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 obtaining 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.

Amazing researchers

At the University of Auckland, our passion is to make a difference to our society, and the world.

One of the ways we do this, is to shine a light on infectious diseases in our Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab, headed by Dr Siouxsie Wiles.

We've profiled three of our leading researchers, Distinguished Professor Jane Harding, Associate Professor Ross Ihaka, and Professor Alexei Drummond to showcase the difference they are making to New Zealand society, and globally.

Read more about our Amazing Researchers.

Distinguished Professor Jane Harding, Associate Professor Ross Ihaka, Professor Alexei Drummond

To find out what some of our other researchers are doing at the University, visit our YouTube channel to see how our Research Works Wonders.

Our Annual Report also contains examples of how our research contributes to social, economic and environmental development.

Highest international rankings

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

The University of Auckland is the highest ranked university in New Zealand by both Times Higher Education and QS rankings.
QS World University Rankings by subject 2016 - Archaeology 20; Education 23; Development Studies 26; Psychology 29; English Language and Literature 31; Nursing 32; Law 32; Accounting and Finance 34; Geography 38; Engineering - Civil and Structural 41; Architecture and Building 44; Anthropology 44; Social Policy 49; Linguistics 49; Business & Management Studies 50.

Last year the QS Intelligence Unit rated the University of Auckland as a Five Stars Plus institution, following rigorous and independent data collection and analysis of performance metrics as set out in the QS Stars methodology. We rated Five Stars in the categories of Research, Employability, Teaching, Facilities, Internationalisation, Innovation, Access and Accounting and Finance.

International and national rankings



Award-winning teachers

23 National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards have been won by our teachers and teaching teams. That's more than any other university in New Zealand.

University of Auckland teachers or teaching teams have won 23 National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards since their inception in 2002.  

In 2015 the University’s National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award winners included Dr Eleanor Hawe, Dr Julia Novak, and Dr Elana Curtis.

In 2014 Senior Lecturer in Law Khylee Quince won a National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award.

Working wonders for our economy

The University of Auckland is an essential contributor to the achievement of Treasury’s desired outcomes for the economy: an improved business environment, better integration and connections with the global economy, and more highly-skilled human capital and labour supply.

We directly employ over 5,000 full-time staff and 8,000 casual staff.  Our population of more than 40,000 full-time students boosts business in the local Auckland economy and our university community helps support local cafes, book shops, banks, chemists and other businesses that are either located on campus or nearby.

A considerable amount of University research provides benefits for primary industries. UniServices, the University’s research commercialisation company, works with many companies in the sector including Fonterra, Frucor, Blue Ocean Fish, Comvita, Zespri, Tegel Foods and Matua Wines.

UniServices and the University of Auckland add value to New Zealand:

  • Businesses through contract research, consultancies and licensing
  • Investors through intellectual property development
  • Government and communities through societal research and service delivery

The university’s work also makes a nationwide economic impact through research and development in areas such as technology development and drug patents. In 2014 alone, the University generated $234 million in research and contracts income.

Commercial research

We are located in the heart of Auckland City, ranked the third best city in the world to live in by the 2014 Mercer Quality of Living Survey.

New Zealand’s premier research commercialisation company

The University of Auckland has developed New Zealand’s premier research commercialisation company - Auckland UniServices Ltd, dedicated to connecting the University’s capabilities to business and investors, government and the community. It is a wholly-owned company of the University of Auckland. In just 25 years UniServices has grown to produce an income of over NZ$135 million per annum, far surpassing any similar operation in New Zealand and Australia. This income derives from contract research and consulting, customised education programmes to 25,000 students around the world and from transferring intellectual property developed by staff and students at the University to the public and private sectors.

UniServices contribution to the New Zealand economy:

  • Cumulative revenue over the last 10 years is $1billion
  • Spin-out companies have raised $148 million of investment in the last 5 years
  • Commercialisation income of $11.5m, from an investment of $3m in 2014

New Zealand’s most productive intellectual property estate accounting for a significant proportion of patents issued to New Zealand research organisations.

Two research examples with significant returns are HaloIPT and PowerbyProxi  - based on wireless power transfer technology invented by Professors John Boys and Grant Covic which has attracted more than $20 million in research funding in the past four years. Income is also flowing from license fees, which are set to increase rapidly from 2015 as new inventions are commercialised.

Auckland UniServices


10,000 sudents successfully graduate each year from the University of Auckland. We prepare our students for success! 35 million dollars worht of scholarships are available for studetns per annum.
41,363 - every single one of our current students is an important part of our University community.



The University of Auckland is New Zealand's best university Careers Service as awarded by the New Zealand Association of Graduate Employers.
$234 million earned on research and contracts
We have 2,932 Maori students. 22% of all Maori degree graduates in New Zealand graduate from the University of Auckland and 40% of NZ's Pacific graduates are ours too.