University of Waikato continues rise up QS World rankings

7 June 2018

Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley.

Outstanding research and international student recruitment drive University of Waikato higher in world rankings

The latest QS World Rankings show the University of Waikato has risen 127 places in 5 years. It is now firmly placed in the world’s top 300 universities at #274.

The University of Waikato has been on a strong upward trajectory and in the last year rose 18 places, moving against the trend in New Zealand’s challenging tertiary landscape.

This year, QS has highlighted the impact and quality of the University’s academics and their research. Waikato has the world’s 92nd highest score for Citations per Faculty, meaning that the impact of Waikato researchers on the global academic literature places it among the world’s 100 most influential universities. The research is being increasingly acknowledged and cited around the world, confirming the standing of University of Waikato as an internationally recognised research leader.

The University of Waikato ranking also increased for international students, reflecting the strength of the University’s international marketing programme and the outstanding student experience that is offered to students in Hamilton and Tauranga.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley says rankings play an increasing role in the decision making for students locally, and the rise the University has seen this year is a strong signal of the global standing of an education from the University of Waikato.

Professor Quigley says it also puts the University on the radar of a greater number of international students and partner institutions, and that success in turn helps grow international recognition of Hamilton and the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions.

“The hard work and outstanding research of our academics is again being acknowledged as amongst the most influential in the world. Not only are they helping address key global issues, but as great educators they are passing their skills and knowledge on to future leaders. ”

QS World Rankings are based on a wide range of factors including academic reputation, research citations and impact, and employer reputation.

University of Waikato has also just been ranked 60 in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Golden Age University Rankings 2018.