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Rankings and reputation

Our university stands proudly on the world stage as a provider of future-focused, international education and an active player in global research. Our rankings reflect these strengths.

QS World University Rankings 2023

Placed 331st in the world and as the top New Zealand university for research (measured by citations per faculty member).

QS Rankings by Subject 2022

15 subjects and subject areas ranked by QS, 9 in the top 300 globally:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Education
  • English Language & Literature
  • Communication & Media Studies
  • Geography
  • Hospitality and Leisure Management
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology

Find out more about our QS Rankings here.

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      QS Stars

      Given an overall rating of 'Excellent' (5 stars) by QS in their QS Stars Ratings, which aim to give prospective students an additional tool to use when choosing a university.

      Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings

      THE Impact Rankings 2022

      Ranked 83rd in the world.

      The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings score institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

      The ranking reflects the University of Waikato’s commitment to using the power of our research and our people to make a significant, positive contribution on both a local and global scale.

      We are proud to be rated 6th in the world for SDG #15 Life on Land and 23rd for #14 Life Below Water. You can read more about our commitment to sustainability here.

      THE World University Rankings 2022

      We are ranked in the 401-500 band globally.

      THE Rankings by Subject 2022

      Ranked as the top New Zealand university in Business and Economics and 101-125 globally.

      Three other ranked subjects in the top 250 globally.

      • Arts & Humanities (201-250)
      • Social Sciences (176-200)
      • Education (176-200)

      Find out more about our THE World University and Subject Rankings here.

      International student satisfaction

      The 2021 International Student Barometer surveyed over 65,000 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, which is above both the international average and the average of the five New Zealand universities that took part.

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      Waikato Management School: 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.

      MBA students

      Internationally accredited MBA and MBM

      In 2017, Waikato Management School received re-accreditation for its MBA** programme from AMBA for five years, the maximum length of accreditation available.

      Students working in Tauranga engineering lab

      Engineering New Zealand accredited

      At Waikato, our eligible engineering programmes are fully accredited by Engineering New Zealand. This means that our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) students benefit from a qualification that is benchmarked to international standards and recognised internationally.

      Computer Science students using laptops

      iSchools member

      Our School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences is the first 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.

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