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

Highest ranking for graduate employability

The University of Auckland has been ranked internationally as New Zealand’s leading university for producing work-ready graduates. The University was placed among the 150 leading universities for graduate employability in the Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking 2016.

The University maintained its 2015 ranking of 140 and was the only New Zealand university ranked in the top 150. Read more.

Full results are available at Times Higher Education.

Number 1 for employability

Highest international rankings


The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university in the QS World University Rankings 2016/2017.

Placed 81st in the world, the University is the only New Zealand university in the top 100.

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

QS World Rankings NZ
QS World Rankings NZ

The University of Auckland is also the only New Zealand university ranked among the world’s top 200 universities by the Times Higher Education World Rankings of Universities and the 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.

15 subjects in top 50

In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, the University of Auckland is ranked first in New Zealand in 35 of the 40 subjects, featuring in the top 50 in 15 subjects.

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.

Most innovative university in New Zealand and Australia

In the inaugural Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities rankings, the University of Auckland has been ranked as the most innovative university in New Zealand and Australia. The University was placed 27th, ahead of the leading Australian universities with no other New Zealand university ranked in the top 75.

Award-winning teachers

25 awards

University of Auckland teachers or teaching teams have won 25 National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards since their inception in 2002.  

Read more about the National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards and award winners from the University of Auckland:
National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards

Find out what makes an excellent teacher from Director of Teaching and Learning Dr Kevin Morris and our 2013 national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award winners.


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.

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

Auckland UniServices Ltd is 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.


Amazing research

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

Read more about our Research or 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.