New Zealand has eight leading universities:
  • Auckland Uni of Technology (Auckland)

  • Lincoln Univ (Lincoln, Canterbury)

  • Massey University (Palmerston North, Albany, Wellington)

  • Univ of Auckland (Auckland)

  • Univ of Canterbury (Nelson, Timaru, Tauranga, Christchurch)

  • Univ of Otago (Dunedin, Christchurch,Wellington, Auckland, Invercargill, Alexandra.)

  • Univ of Waikato (Hamilton, Tauranga)

  • Victoria Univ of Wellington (Wellington)
According to the 2006 Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) exercise, The University of Otago is New Zealand's top ranked university for research quality.
It is ranked Number One in the top eight quality rankings as released by Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), followed by University of Auckland (#2), Canterbury (#3), Victoria University of Wellington (#4), Waikato (#5), Massey (#6), Lincoln (#7) and Auckland University of Technology (#8).

Founded in 1883, The University of Auckland has eight faculties on six campuses. It is the highest ranked university in the nation. It is the only New Zealand institution featured in the World's top 50 ranking.

New Zealand has three universities appeared in the 2007 THES-QS World University Rankings Top 200:
  • Univ of Auckland (50)
  • Univ of Otago (=114)
  • Univ of Canterbury (=188)
The University of Canterbury offers a wide range of postgraduate and graduate qualifications through world-class resources and research opportunities.

The University of Waikato has achieved a significant improvement in research performance with the release of the Tertiary Education Commission's 2006 Performance-Based Research Fund Results. It achieved number one ranking in ten subject areas, compared with five in 2003. University of Waikato's School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences has been reconfirmed as the No. 1 school in its area in the country as has Waikato Management School.

* Suggested Reading: Medical Schools in New Zealand

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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