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The University of Auckland is a top choice for international students

Ranked No. 1 for Global Impact twice by THE World University Rankings, the University of Auckland is a popular study abroad choice 


New Zealand is world-renowned as a safe and peaceful country with a strong higher education and research system. It is a place where excellence and innovation thrive. New Zealand is ranked first in the world by the World Bank  for ease of doing business, and also first by Transparency International  in their corruption measures index. With globally ranked universities, an innovation and entrepreneurial approach to teaching and learning, the right mix of post-study work opportunities and cultural diversity, New Zealand presents unique potential for Indian students considering study abroad. 

The University of Auckland is the leading university in New Zealand (top 100 in the QS rankings ), offering comprehensive higher education and research opportunities for Indian students. Most Indian students enrol in Masters degrees in Engineering Studies, Management, International Business, Information Technology and Science and it is easy to see why. The University’s Business School is triple crowned (AACSB International, EFMD-EQUIS and AMBA), and renowned for fostering a spirit of enterprise and innovation in its graduates. In fact, the University of Auckland was named Entrepreneurial University of the Year  at the Asia-Pacific Triple E Entrepreneurship and Engagement Excellence Awards in 2019. 

But innovation doesn’t reside in the Business School alone –  the Faculties of Science and Engineering are launching companies and inventions through strengths in bioengineering, computer science and many other discipline areas. 

“The University recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IIT Delhi to increase collaboration between the two universities. This has led to an agreement to establish a New Zealand Studies Centre at IIT Delhi and a round of collaborative research projects between academics and researchers at IIT Delhi and all eight New Zealand universities.”

Ranked No. 1, twice in a row 

The University of Auckland was ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Impact Rankings in 2019 and 2020. The rankings measure how universities worldwide are performing against the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, which set the agenda for all countries to end poverty, fight inequalities and build peaceful, just and sustainable societies. 

Placing first for the second year running in 2020 reaffirms the University’s strong commitment to sustainability and making a positive social impact through its partnerships, research, teaching, operations, community engagement and knowledge transfer.

Founded in 1883, the University of Auckland is the country’s largest university with over 40,000 students, nearly 10,000 of whom graduate annually

A haven for PhD students 

New Zealand’s offer for PhD students can be particularly appealing to Indian students. All international doctoral students are eligible for domestic fees for their PhD studies, as are their children in New Zealand Primary and Secondary schools. PhD students have unlimited work rights for the duration of PhD studies and their partners can apply for an open work visa. On completion of the research degree, graduates are also eligible for three years’ post-study work rights.

The University of Auckland is growing its partnerships with India and has signed dual PhD agreements with IIT Kharagpur and IIT Bhubaneswar.

University graduates who complete one year of academic study (Bachelor degree or higher) in New Zealand are eligible for three years’ post-study work rights following graduation. Work rights are open and are not tied to discipline of study or employer sponsorship. 

New Zealand has managed the Covid-19 situation with strong compliance with quick government action.  For over 100 days, New Zealand had no active cases of Covid-19.  Recently, one cluster of community transmission appeared but contact tracing is proving effective.  The New Zealand response has been characterised by clear communication and a number of rallying catchcries’ including, Team of 5 million, Unite against Covid-19, Stamp it out, and Be Kind. While not perfect, the New Zealand experience has been very positive to date with fewer than 2,000 total cases and 24 deaths.

While this pandemic still has a long way to run, New Zealand is looking like an excellent place to live, study and work in the post-pandemic period.  

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[i] World Bank Doing Business 2020 Comparing Business Regulation in 190 Economies
[ii] Transparency International
[iii] (Rankings)
[iv] (Entrepreneurial university of the year) 

Brett Berquist – Director International at University of Auckland

Brett Berquist has more than 25 years’ experience in the international education sector, in Europe, the US, and Asia, as academic staff and administrator leading international recruitment strategy, transnational education, ESL provision, campus-wide internationalisation strategy, and credit mobility.

Prior to becoming Director International at the University of Auckland in 2015, he held senior roles in the sector in Michigan and France. He holds French and US passports and degrees in music, French, and linguistics. 



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