University holds top 150 position in world rankings
27 September 2023
The University of Auckland, described by the ranking body as a ‘major national flagship’, has maintained its place in the world’s top 150 universities in this year’s Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Changes to the methodology, including to the measurement of international metrics, and an increase in the number of universities participating (up to 1,904 from 1,799 last year) meant that the University has moved from =139 to =150 in the rankings.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater said an outstanding effort by teachers, researchers and professional staff ensured the University had retained its place in the top tier of universities, notwithstanding the pressures that the university sector is under.
“We are continuing to focus on the right things to ensure that we remain internationally competitive and relevant,” she said.
Professor Freshwater noted that all top ten universities across Australasia (which includes the University of Auckland), as well as universities across parts of Asia, had dropped places.
Commenting on New Zealand overall, THE Chief Global Affairs Officer Phil Baty said that the University of Auckland continued to be a major national flagship – sitting in the world top 150 list, but that status could not be taken for granted amid intensifying international competition for talent.
THE’s World University Rankings 2024 assess research-intensive universities across 18 performance indicators (up from 13 last year), which are grouped into five pillars: teaching, research quality, research environment, international outlook and industry.
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