International Rankings and Reputation
A reflection of our strengths
Our university stands proudly on the world stage as an institution that provides a future-focused international education and plays an active part in global research.
Our rankings are a reflection of our strengths as a university. Our ability to challenge, inspire and prepare our students to be future-leaders. It is a recognition of our research that is tackling global issues.
QS World University Rankings 2016
We are proud to be ranked 324 in the world by the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds Limited) World University Rankings 2016. This sees a climb in the rankings of over 80 places from 2014 in which we were ranked 405 in the world.
QS Stars Five Star Rating
We are proud to have been awarded a QS Stars five star rating in July 2016. QS Stars defines the University of Waikato as being a world-class university with a high reputation for employment, cutting edge facilities, internationally renowned research, and outstanding teaching and student satisfaction.
Five stars have been awarded in the categories of:
- Social Sciences and Management.
The QS Stars rating system evaluates the University across a broad range of criteria, not included in traditional academic rankings, to assess the university in its full university offering including student experience and satisfaction, and employment outcomes.
Times Higher Education 2015
Ranked in the 401-500 band in the world by the influential UK-based Times Higher Education organisation in 2015.
The rankings are based on teaching, research, citations, industry outcomes and innovation and international outlook.
QS Subject Rankings – twelve in the top 250
Twelve of our subject areas are recognised as among the best in the world.
Rankings within the top 250:
- Economics and Econometrics
- Computer Science and Information Systems
- Accounting and Finance
- Communications and Media Studies
- Business and Management Studies
- English Language and Literature
- Modern Languages
Times Higher Education ranks the University of Waikato 68th out of 100 "most international" universities in the world. This rankings reflects the truly global education that is received by students studying at Waikato. It also takes into account the ratio of international staff and students on campus and the proportion of research papers being generated with an international co-author.
International student satisfaction
The 2013 International Student Barometer surveyed over 150,000 international studying all over the world.
More than 90% of the students surveyed who studied at the University of Waikato were satisfied with their experience and 82% of respondents said they would recommend our university to others.
The survey also ranked the University of Waikato 11th in the world for careers office support.
Triple Crown status
Waikato Management School is a member of an elite group of business schools worldwide that have earned "Triple Crown" status - an international acknowledgement of excellence in business education. We are accredited to AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA - only 1% of the world's business schools have met the strict standards of all three accreditation bodies.
In 2012 our Centre for Corporate and Executive Education received re-accreditation for its MBA programme from AMBA for five years, the maximum length of accreditation available. Its full-time MBM programme also received the highly regarded AMBA accreditation, the first MBM in New Zealand to receive this honour.