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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 2022

The QS World University Rankings assess institutions on their reputation among academics and employers, staff to student ratios, citations per staff member, and the proportion of international staff and students.

Our QS Stars five-star rating confirms our status as a world-class university with a high reputation for employment, cutting-edge facilities, internationally renowned research, outstanding teaching and student satisfaction.

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  • Ranked at 373 out of the world's best 1,300 universities
  • Very high scores for the proportion of international staff (ranked within top 100) and students (scored 99.2 and 76.5 out of 100, respectively)

Our globally-ranked subject areas:

    Academic Rankings of World Universities

    We have been ranked 38th in the world for tourism and hospitality management in the Academic Rankings of World Universities - Subjects rankings 2020.

    Times Higher Education (THE)

    Impact Rankings 2021

    The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings score institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Impact Ranking is the first of its kind attempting to demonstrate the contribution of institutions towards the advancement of humanity.

    Out of 1117 institutions from 94 countries, the University of Waikato ranked in the 101-200 bracket overall, and within the top 100 institutions against two of the SDGs assessed.

    • Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), rank: 35 (up 27 places since 2020)
    • Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10), rank: 57=

    The University of Waikato is committed to using the power of our research and our people to make a significant, positive contribution on both a local and global scale.

    World University Rankings 2022

    The latest THE World University Rankings places us in the 401-500 band.

    The rankings are based on teaching, research, citations, industry outcomes, innovation and international outlook.

    Subject Rankings 2022

    THE Subject rankings in the global top 300:

    International student satisfaction

    The 2019 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.

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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's 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.

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    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.

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    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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