Rankings and Reputation

With our sixth consecutive climb in the QS World University Rankings*, we are ranked 266= in the world. Our global reputation reflects the exceptional research of our talented academics and the impact it's having on our world now and in the future, locally and internationally.

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 2020

QS World University Rankings 2020

  • Ranked at 266= (a climb of 135 places in six years)
  • Ranked 72 in the world for research quality and impact (citations per faculty) - this places us in the top 5% of all globally ranked institutions

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:

  • Employability
  • Teaching
  • Facilities
  • Internationalisation
  • Inclusiveness
  • 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

Subject areas ranked in the top 300 include:

Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018

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.

THE Subject Rankings 2019

  • Ranked in the global top 250: Arts and Humanities
  • Ranked in the global top 300: Social Sciences, Business & Economics and Education.

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 2017 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.

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.

iSchools Member

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 2017, 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.