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The University of Auckland



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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.

International reputation

The University of Auckland is the highest ranked New Zealand university in the main world university rankings systems.

•No. 1 in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings 2020 (THE Impact Rankings 2020)
•=83rd in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings (QS Rankings)
•Top 100 for 33 subjects in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 (2020 QS World Rankings by Subject)
•=179th Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings (THE Rankings)
•In the 201-300 band for the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
•142nd in the U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings
•Placed 39th in the Reuters Top 75: Asia Pacific's Most Innovative Universities
•Placed 71st in the QS Employability Rankings

The University scored the highest possible rating of Five Stars Plus in the QS Stars University Ratings, with maximum five-star ratings in each of the areas evaluated: teaching, employability, research, internationalisation, facilities, innovation, access and discipline rankings and accreditations.

National reputation

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s largest research organisation with more than 13,000 staff and postgraduate students involved in fundamental and applied research. It generates around $230 million in annual research revenue. In the New Zealand government’s assessment of research output and quality, the Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF), we are the top performer in all three PBRF component areas: Research Quality Evaluation, Research Degree Completions and External Research Income.

In the most recent (2018) evaluation, the University of Auckland:

•Had 33% of the top rated researchers in the whole country
•Gained 31% of the funding based on research degree completions and 33% of the funding based on external research income
•Gained 30% of the funding overall, thereby confirming its position as the nation’s premier research institution

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