The university of Auckland (AU)

Founded in 1883, the University of Auckland is the country’s largest university with over 40,000 students, nearly 10,000 of whom graduate annually. The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university in the OS World University Rankings 2020. Placed =83rd in the world, the University is the only New Zealand university in the top 100. 

The University of Auckland is also the highest ranked university in New Zealand for its global reputation among both academics and employers. Worldwide, the University ranks #60 for Academic and #129 for Employer Reputation. AU conducts teaching and learning within eight faculties, two large-scale research institutes, and other institutes and centers.

The university has five main campuses, the largest of which is nestled within Auckland’s bustling cultural and business hub. Auckland was ranked third out of 230 cities in the 2017 Mercer Quality of Living Survey, and in the top 30 of the QS Best Student Cities 2016.

Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

AUT has been a university since 2000, but a place of learning for 120 years since 1895. AUT is now New Zealand’s third largest and fastest growing university. It reflects the changing world, and emerging environments and industries.

AUT has three campuses around Auckland: in the city, Manukau and on the North Shore. Campus buses link these locations, providing an easy way to get between classes and facilities. AUT also has strong connectivity with industry partners. Their graduate employment rate is 95%, which is the highest among the 8 universities.

QS World University Rankings

In the QS World University Rankings 2020, AUT is ranked as one of the top 500 universities in the world (ranked 442). AUT’s international outlook was highlighted, with AUT ranking #21 in the world, the highest score for a New Zealand university.

A five-star university

AUT has been rated as a five-star university by world university rankings organisation QS. We also achieved a maximum five stars for Teaching, Employability, Internationalisation, Facilities and Inclusiveness. 

Lincoln University

Since its inception in 1878 Lincoln has been a key contributor to the core interests of New Zealand and the global economy. Lincoln University is highly connected to industry teaching across three broad areas agriculture and life sciences; environment, society and design and commerce.

Lincoln University has a student population from more than 60 countries. Its primary campus is situated on 50 hectares (123 acres) of land located about 15 km (9 mi) outside the city of Christchurch in Lincoln, Canterbury.

For 2019/20 Lincoln’s ranking is =356 in the QS World University Rankings. Lincoln also has a QS Five Stars rating and ranks in the top 100 in the subject areas of Agriculture and Forestry.

Victoria University of Wellington

Situated in New Zealand’s vibrant, entrepreneurial capital city, Victoria University of Wellington offers students the opportunity to benefit from University connections to industries, government and research organisations strategically located in the capital.

Victoria’s four campuses are spread between Wellington’s stunning harbor and rolling green hills. Victoria comprises of four campuses across the city and seven faculties: Architecture and Design, Business, Education, Law, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering.

The University of Otago

Established in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand’s first university and is famous for its academic excellence and outstanding student experience. Otago is a research-intensive university with world-class teaching and offers more than 195 undergraduate and postgraduate programs.


The University of Otago is the only New Zealand university to offer Dentistry and Surveying. One of only two medical schools in New Zealand.

Otago’s Central Library (one of nine libraries at Otago) is ranked 13th best library in the world. They also have genuinely world-class teaching and research labs, performance spaces, lecture theatres, study areas, and sporting facilities.

Otago’s main campus in the student city of Dunedin is recognised as one of the world’s most-beautiful campuses.

The University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury in Christchurch was founded by scholars from Oxford and Cambridge Universities in 1873. The University of Canterbury has an international reputation for academic excellence in both teaching and research.


  • Arts
  • Business and Law
  • Education, Health and Human Development
  • Engineering
  • Science

Rankings / awards

  • Ranked 214 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2016)
  • 19 subjects ranked in the world’s top 200 (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016)

The University of Waikato

One of New Zealand’s leading research universities, made up of seven faculties and schools, with more than 12,000 students, including 2,000 international students.

The University of Waikato is based in the city of Hamilton, in New Zealand’s North Island. The main campus covers 64 hectares of landscaped gardens and lakes, with extensive sporting and recreational areas and has four Halls of Residence.


  • Education
  • Management
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Mining
  • Machine Learning
  • Indigenous studies
  • Marine
  • Freshwater
  • Environmental Studies
  • Music
  • Law
  • Engineering
  • Psychology

Massey University

Massey University, established in 1927, is one of New Zealand’s leading educational institutions. A Government-funded university, with a proud 90-year tradition of academic excellence and a strong national and international reputation. Massey University is an important part of New Zealand’s tertiary education system.

With campuses in Albany (Auckland), Manawatū (Palmerston North) and Wellington, Massey caters for nearly 30,000 domestic and international students. Programs offered are available at postgraduate, undergraduate, diplomas or certificate level.


  • 5 star rating across 9 categories
  • Top 3% of universities in the world
  • Top 300 in the world for graduate employability
  • 25th in the world for veterinary science (and 3rd in Oceania)
  • 30th in the world for agriculture (and 3rd in Oceania)
  • Top 100 in the world for nursing
  • Top 100 in the world for accounting and finance
  • Total of 15 subjects ranked in the top 300 in the world
  • 38th in the world for internationalisation