Founded in 1873, The University of Canterbury (UC) is the second oldest university in New Zealand and the fourth oldest in Australasia. It is located in Christchurch, the largest city in New Zealand's South Island.

The College of Arts offers a number of academic programmes in the areas of Arts, Education, History, Journalism, Languages, Music, Social Sciences, etc. The College of Business and Economics comprises the Departments of Accountancy and Information Systems, Economics and Finance, Management, and the National Centre for Research on Europe. The College of Education has a commitment to world-class research in Education. The College of Engineering offers different study options in the fields of Engineering, Forestry Science, Computer Science, and Mathematics and Statistics. The College of Science comprises the School of Biological Sciences, the departments of Chemistry, Communication Disorders, Geography, Geological Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, and the Gateway Antarctica research centre.

Notable UC alumni include: Ernest Rutherford (Nobel Prize winner), Michael Cullen (Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand, 2002-2008), Helen Connon (the first woman to graduate with honours in the British Empire), Marian Hobbs (Minister for the Environment, 1999-2005), Apirana Ngata (the first Maori graduate from any New Zealand university), etc.

Ranking Profile:

- Ranked 188th among the wold's top 200 institutions in THE - QS World University Rankings 2009.

- Ranked 402-501st in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2009).

- Placed among the Top 100 Institutions in Asia by ARWU 2008.

- Ranked in the top three New Zealand universities and is ranked No. 1 in Engineering and Technology, Foreign Languages and Linguistics, and Other Health Studies (including Rehabilitative Therapies) (TEC, PBRF Report, 2006).

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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