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.
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 2016
The Times Higher Education World Rankings 2016-2017 ranked us in the 401-500 band in the list of the worlds top universities.
The rankings are based on teaching, research, citations, industry outcomes and innovation and international outlook.
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 gaining 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.