Top Ranked Universities in New Zealand

Eight universities of New Zealand are included among the world’s best in the edition of  QS World University Ranking 2020, among those, six are in the global top 300 – with various institutions improving their positions this year.

1. University of Auckland

University of Auckland


University of Auckland, ranking 83rd in the worldis consistently the highest-ranked of these top universities in New Zealand. It’s the  most extensive university in the country, with more than 40,000 students enrolled at six campuses and eight faculties

2. University of Otago

University of Otago

The University of Otago, country’s oldest university, established in 1869, scales 18 places this year to now ranks 176th in the world. Otago is based in the city of Dunedin on the South Island. It has around 20,800 students enrolled, and is known for its attractive architecture and gardens.

3. Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington, located in New Zealand’s capital city Wellington,  is up four places this year to now rank 215th in the world. The  university presents a broad range of programs, and is considered particularly strong for law, the humanities and social sciences.

4. University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury, founded in 1873 as Canterbury College,  is ranking 227th in the world this year and is another of the oldest universities in New Zealand, located in Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city. The  university educates around 14,900 students, 1,100 of which are international.

5. University of Waikato

University of Waikato

University of Waikato, established in 1964 , located in the city of Hamilton on the North Island, its ranking  266th in the world. It was the first to be designed from a blank canvas.

6. Massey University

Massey University

Massey University rises up to 29 spots in this year’s ranking and is now joint 287th in the world. Massey university in New Zealand is known to present  programs in aviation, veterinary medicine, dispute resolution and nano-science. And,  it is known for the applied nature of its programs and close links to the community.

7. Lincoln University

Lincoln University

Lincoln University continues to improve its position to joint 356th  this year’s, sharing this position with two other universities. The university is known for New Zealand’s land-based knowledge, wealth and productivity.

8. Auckland University of Technology

Auckland University of Technology

Auckland University of Technology (AUT), founded in 1895, is now ranking 442th in the world,  is the final of these top universities in New Zealand.

Complete list of University Ranking for New Zealand is given as follows.


1 83 The University of Auckland
2 176 University of Otago
3 215 Victoria University of Wellington
4 227 University of Canterbury
5 266 University of Waikato
6 287 Massey University
7 356 Lincoln University
8 442 Auckland University of Technology (AUT)


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