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Top Universities in New Zealand 2021

More than just a land filled with breathtaking sights and sounds, New Zealand possesses a higher education system that is both affordable and globally recognised.

The country is home to eight state-funded universities, with the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) ensuring quality control within the higher education framework. Apart from the universities, New Zealand also offers 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and around 550 Private Training Establishments (PTEs) - the latter having English language schools as well.

For those who are seeking to pursue your foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate pathways in New Zealand, university rankings can provide a sense of whether the institution is right for you.

Ranking providers like the QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World (THE) University Rankings are globally recognised, often used by students as part of their research before applying to study abroad.

With that, we’ve compiled the top universities in New Zealand for 2021 below, with data from the latest QS World University Rankings and THE World University Rankings.

QS Top Universities in New Zealand 2021

Rank 

University  

Global Rank 

1 

The University of Auckland 

81 

2 

University of Otago 

184 

3 

Victoria University of Wellington 

223 

4 

University of Canterbury 

270 

5 

Massey University 

272 

6 

University of Waikato 

375 

7 

Lincoln University 

387 

8 

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) 

437 

THE Top Universities in New Zealand 2021

Rank 

University  

Global Rank 

1 

University of Auckland 

147 

2 

University of Otago 

201-250 

3 

Auckland University of Technology 

251-300 

4 

University of Canterbury 

401-500 

5 

Victoria University of Wellington 

501-600 

6 

University of Waikato 

501-600 

7 

Lincoln University 

601-800 

8 

Massey University 

601-800 

World University Rankings

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