Top Universities in New Zealand  for Higher Education

Top Universities in New Zealand for Higher Education

Students choice of selecting a university abroad depends heavily on the employability opportunities. Every year “The Times Higher Education” releases ranking list for universities around the world. The ranking is based on 13 performance indicators which measure the institution’s performance across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

The list is prepared after compiling answers of several recruiters, chief executives and business managers from top companies in 20 countries.

Let us have a look at the list “Top 10 Universities in New Zealand for Higher Education”

University of Auckland
Top Universities in New Zealand  for Higher Education

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s highest-ranked university. It is also the largest and most comprehensive, and is spread across six main campuses. The University’s student population of 42,000 includes 8,000 international students representing over 120 countries.

We have formal agreements with 265 universities and are the only New Zealand member of Universitas 21, the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities.

Our home

The University is located in the harbour city of Auckland, New Zealand’s economic hub and with easy access to stunning beaches and rainforests. Ranked third out of 230 cities in the 2018 Mercer Quality of Living Survey there are a myriad of recreational opportunities right on our doorstep, from theatres and cafes to sports and outdoor pursuits.

University of Otago

Top Universities in New Zealand  for Higher Education

As New Zealand’s first university, founded in 1869, the University of Otago has earned an international reputation for quality research and teaching.

Based on national data, we have the best performance indicators of any university in New Zealand for successful completion of courses and qualifications, student progression to higher level study, and students retained in study.

Achieving high approval ratings in employer surveys, Otago graduates are sought after and appreciated, with many occupying influential positions in industry, government and within their communities across the world.

Otago’s staff are truly world class. We have the highest concentration of internationally trained staff in New Zealand and the fifth highest concentration of internationally trained staff in the world: 70% of our academic staff are foreign born or are New Zealanders who gained their PhD overseas.

Our academics also hold more national teaching awards and produce more highly cited papers per capita than any other university in the country.

Auckland University of Technology
Top Universities in New Zealand  for Higher Education

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) creates graduates who are world ready, not just career ready. Curiosity, creativity, connection and collaboration are the new global currency. That’s why they’re at the core of AUT’s teaching philosophy to ensure its students thrive in this world of rapid technological change.

AUT is proudly and uniquely Kiwi with a firmly global perspective. Students share this outlook and ambition, whether they choose to go on to live in New Zealand or the 80 different countries its alumni now call home. With a dynamic and diverse staff and student population, comprehensive student support services, and world-class facilities and resources, AUT is committed to enabling students to achieve their aspirations.

University of Canterbury
Top Universities in New Zealand  for Higher Education

Originally founded as Canterbury College in 1873, the University of Canterbury (UC) is the second oldest university in New Zealand.

With historic ties to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, UC was by set up scholars who based it on the Oxbridge model.

Unlike Oxford, however, women students were permitted from the outset. One of the university’s earliest graduates, Helen Connon, was the first woman in the British Empire (as was) to be granted a degree with Honours.

Located in the Christchurch suburb of Ilam, the university is a ten minute drive away from the city centre and close to both mountains and the sea. Its campus houses a variety of facilities including libraries, laboratories and research centres to accommodate its 14,000 students.

UC offers 70 degree programmes across five colleges, including Arts, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering and Science, and a School of Law. It also boasts the most extensive network of field stations for research of any New Zealand university, with sites in Antarctica and Nigeria (as part of the Nigerian Montane Forest conservation project) and the country’s leading astronomical research facility at Mount John, Tekapo.

The main campus is set within 87 hectares of land and student accommodation is surrounded by playing fields and forests, as well as the renowned Ilam Gardens, famous for its flowers, trees and waterways.

The UC campus and Student Union is currently undergoing a huge renovation following the disaster wrought on it by the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. The new building, expected to open in 2018, will include new student accommodation, social and study spaces and, what the university says will be, the most modern teaching and research facilities in the southern hemisphere.

Among UC’s alumni are leading New Zealand artist Rita Angus, children’s author Margaret Mahy, classical conductor Gemma New and legendary physicist Ernest Rutherford, whose face graces the nation’s bank notes.

Lincoln University

Top Universities in New Zealand  for Higher Education

Lincoln University is one of the leading higher education institutions in New Zealand, specialising in land use and management. Its Maori name is Te Whare Wanaka o Aoraki.

The university started out in 1878 as a school of agriculture linked to Canterbury College. As agriculture became the crucial foundation for New Zealand’s international trade, the school grew into a college, and in 1990 became an independent institution.

Lincoln’s mission is to address the challenges “Feed the World”, “Live Well” and “Protect the Future”. As such, it has a particular focus on teaching research linked to sustainability and climate change. For example, the university hosts the National Centre for Nitrous Oxide Measurement.

The Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce teaches students how to run successful and sustainable agricultural businesses.

The Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences focuses on improving agricultural productivity through knowledge of biology, technology and other scientific disciplines.

The Faculty of Environment, Society and Design teaches disciplines such as landscape architecture and tourism.

The University Studies and English Language Division is an opportunity for students to attend who lack the necessary entrance requirements to attend the main university, or who want to brush up on their English language skills.

The Lincoln-Telford Division is a separate campus based on a 921-hectare working farm, giving students a unique work experience and research opportunity. It is one of several farms around New Zealand owned by Lincoln University. As well as providing a living example to students, profits from the farms go towards scholarships.

Massey University

Top Universities in New Zealand  for Higher Education

Massey University has three campuses in Palmerston North, Albany and Wellington. It is unique in that it delivers research-led teaching and research training across all three campuses.

Each campus plays host to a thriving student association with many varying activities across the them. This includes a radio station, a student magazine and student-organised political and cultural events.

The student body has a high percentage of international students coming from over 100 countries.

It is the only university in New Zealand to offer courses on aviation, dispute resolution, veterinary medicine, and nanoscience.

Notable alumni include rugby union player Rico Gear, Olympic sailor Jo Aleh and deputy prime minister of New Zealand Paula Bennett.

Victoria University of Wellington

Top Universities in New Zealand  for Higher Education

The Victoria University of Wellington was established in 1897.

The university has three campuses across Wellington: Kelburn, Pipitea and Te Aro. The Victoria Business School also offers courses at an Auckland premise. The university also teaches a joint programme from premises at a partner university in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

There are courses at both an undergraduate and a postgraduate level, most recently adding a number of taught masters to the suite of programmes on offer.

Students at the university produce a weekly magazine called Salient, which focuses on students news and the university itself.

The university has its own art gallery, the Adam Art Gallery on the Kelburn Campus.

University of Waikato

Top Universities in New Zealand  for Higher Education


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