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.
QS World University Rankings 2017
We are proud to be in the top 1.1% in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings — we've jumped 100 places in just four years, a reflection of our ability to challenge, inspire and prepare our students to lead change. Our research is also ranked highest in New Zealand for quality and impact, tackling issues of national and global importance.
QS ranks universities across a range of areas including reputation, research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.
QS Stars Five Star Rating
In July 2016 we were awarded a five star rating by QS Stars, confirming the University of Waikato's status as 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 broader range of criteria than traditional academic rankings, assessing the full university offering including student experience, satisfaction and employment outcomes.
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
- Business and Management Studies
- English Language and Literature
- Hospitality & Leisure Management
- Art and Design
Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018
We climbed in the latest THE World University Rankings to the 351-400 band. That places us third equal in New Zealand.
Rated 69th in 'International Outlook'
The THE's rankings of international outlook placed us 69th in the world. This reflects our strong international research ties and education partnerships, as well as our growing centres of excellence in teaching and research.
Twelve disciplines in THE's top 250
Academic Rankings of World Universities
We have been ranked 16th in the world for hospitality and tourism management in the Academic Rankings of World Universities - Subjects rankings 2017.
International student satisfaction
The 2015 International Student Barometer surveyed over 160,000 international students 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 84% of respondents said they would recommend our university to others.
At Waikato our eligible engineering programmes are fully accredited by The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ). This means that our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) students benefit from a qualification that is benchmarked to international standards and recognised internationally.
Our Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences is the first and only New Zealand member of the international group of iSchools - a partnership of the world's leading information schools. Membership reflects the international standing of our research into the relationships between information, people and technology; ranging from cyber-security and data mining to graphic design.
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.