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New Zealand’s universities all rank in top 100 in subject rankings

29 April 2015

 

New Zealand’s universities rank amongst the best in the world with all eight universities making the top 100 in at least one subject according to an international report released today.

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by subject are based on extensive research and the expert opinion of over 85,000 academics and 42,000 employers.

Universities New Zealand Executive Director Chris Whelan describes the results as outstanding, with New Zealand universities ranking in the world’s top 50 universities in 20 subjects and in world’s top 100 across 54 subjects.

He says, “New Zealand’s universities continue to punch above their weight despite competing against some of the biggest and best funded universities in the world.

“Our universities are incredibly important to New Zealand.  We look to them to deliver our future leaders and innovators, develop work-ready graduates, generate GDP, and also to use their subject expertise to help New Zealand move towards a research and innovation-led economy.”

The 2015 results for New Zealand’s universities subject rankings are:

  • The University of Auckland is ranked 23rd globally for Development Studies.  It has 13 subjects ranking in the top 50 the world and a total of 26 subjects in the top 100.   Its other top 50 subjects are 26th for both Accounting & Finance, and Education; 28th for Psychology; 33rd for English Language & Literature, Law, and Linguistics; 43th for Engineering - Civil & Structural; 44th for both Computer Science & Information Systems, and Geography; Architecture / Built Environment 45th, Business & Management Studies 46th=; and Sociology 49th.
  • The Auckland University of Technology is ranked 42nd= in Art and Design and is ranked in the top 300 for Accounting & Finance, Business & Management Studies, and Computer Science.
  • The University of Waikato is ranked 51-100 in Education and was ranked in the top 150 in Accounting & Finance, Business & Management Studies, Communications and Media, Geography, Law and Linguistics.
  • Massey University is 15th in the world for Veterinary Science, one of three subjects in which Massey has been ranked in the world's top 100. Agriculture and Forestry is ranked 33rd and Accountancy and Finance is ranked between 51 and 100.
  • The Law programme at Victoria University of Wellington is ranked 45th= in the world.  It has 11 subjects in the top 100 including Accounting & Finance, Art and Design, Development Studies, Education, English Language & Literature, Geography, History, Linguistics, Psychology and Sociology.
  • The University of Canterbury is ranked 44th in the world in Civil and Structural engineering.  Canterbury is also ranked among the world’s elite 100 universities in Art and Design, Accounting and Finance, and Law.  Overall Canterbury is ranked among the top 200 universities in the world in 21 subjects.
  • Lincoln University is ranked in the top 51-100 in Agriculture & Forestry.
  • The University of Otago is ranked 8th in the world in the field of Dentistry, the highest-ranked subject from any New Zealand university in the latest rankings, and the first subject taught at a New Zealand University to ever feature in the world’s top ten.  Dentistry was joined by Psychology (ranked 31st) as one of two Otago subjects to feature in the world’s top 50. English Language and Literature, History, Philosophy, Geography, Development Studies, Education, and Law at Otago also featured in the world’s top 100.

QS Head of Research, Ben Sowter says, “The world-class performance of the New Zealand institutions reflects their high-impact research and outstanding reputation among an industry-leading sample of global academic experts and graduate employers.”

The QS table is below.

2015 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by subject

SUBJECT 

Auckland 

Canterbury 

Otago 

Victoria 

Massey 

Waikato 

AUT 

Lincoln 

Accounting & Finance 

26= 

51-100 

101-150 

51-100 

51-100 

101-150 

101-150 

 

Agriculture & Forestry 

 

 

 

 

33 

 

 

51-100 

Architecture / Built Environment NEW 

45 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art & Design NEW 

 

51-100 

 

51-100 

 

 

42= 

 

Biological Sciences 

51-100 

301-400

101-150 

 

301-400 

 

 

 

Business & Management Studies NEW 

46= 

151-200 

101-150 

101-150 

151-200  

101-150 

151-200 

 

Chemistry 

101-150 

201-250 

151-200 

251-300 

 

 

 

 

Communication & Media Studies 

101-150 

151-200 

 

101-150 

 

101-150 

 

 

Computer Science & Information Systems 

44= 

151-200 

101-150 

101-150 

201-250 

151-200 

251-300 

 

Dentistry NEW 

 

 

8 

 

 

 

 

 

Development Studies NEW 

23 

 

51-100 

51-100 

 

 

 

 

Earth & Marine Sciences 

101-150 

151-200 

101-150 

101-150 

 

 

 

 

Economics & Econometrics 

51-100 

151-200 

151-200 

 

 

151-200 

 

 

Education 

26 

101-150 

51-100 

51-100 

101-150 

51-100 

 

 

Engineering - Chemical 

51-100 

151-200 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engineering - Civil & Structural 

43 

44= 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engineering - Electrical & Electronic 

51-100 

151-200 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engineering - Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing 

51-101 

151-200 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English Language & Literature 

33= 

151-200 

51-100 

51-100 

 

 

 

 

Environmental Sciences 

51-100 

151-200 

101-150 

251-300 

251-300 

 

 

 

Geography 

44 

101-150 

51-100 

51-100 

151-200 

101-150 

 

 

History 

51-100 

151-200 

51-100 

51-100 

 

 

 

 

Law 

33= 

51-100 

51-100 

45= 

 

101-150 

 

 

Linguistics 

33 

101-150 

151-200 

51-100 

 

101-150 

 

 

Materials Science 

101-150 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mathematics 

51-100 

251-300 

301-400 

301-400 

251-300 

 

 

 

Medicine 

51-100 

 

101-150 

 

 

 

 

 

Modern Languages 

51-100 

 

151-200 

201-250 

 

201-250 

 

 

Pharmacy & Pharmacology 

51-100 

 

151-200 

 

 

 

 

 

Philosophy 

101-150 

 

51-100 

101-150 

 

 

 

 

Physics & Astronomy 

101-150 

201-250 

 

301-400 

 

 

 

 

Politics & International Studies 

51-100 

 

101-150 

101-150 

 

 

 

 

Psychology 

28 

101-150 

31 

51-100 

 

 

 

 

Sociology 

49 

151-200 

 

51-100

 

151-200 

 

 

Statistics & Operational Research 

51-100 

101-150 

151-200 

 

151-200 

 

 

 

Veterinary Science NEW 

 

 

 

 

15 

 

 

 
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