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Otago climbs in QS World University Rankings

Monday, 12 June 2017 12:32pm

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The University of Otago is now number 151 in the QS World University Rankings.

Otago has climbed 18 places in the latest QS World University rankings – putting it at number 151 and securing its place in the top echelons of universities worldwide.

The rise in the rankings – the second for Otago in as many years – is due to gains across a range of areas including academic and employer reputation, and citations per academic staff member.

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Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne describes the ranking as a modest but welcome improvement on 2017’s score of 169 and says she is “delighted” at the result.

Within this ranking, Otago comes in at 28th in the International Faculty indicator, with aims to assess how successful a university has been in attracting academics from other nations.

“This indicator is Otago’s strongest and places us first in the country for this measure,” Professor Hayne says.

Alongside this most recent success it is essential to note that our QS ranking is just one measure of Otago’s overall performance, Professor Hayne says.

“Otago should also be judged on its outstanding results in Tertiary Education Commission’s national Educational Performance Indicators (EPIs).

“The University’s near clean sweep of first placings amongst New Zealand’s eight universities in the last (2016) EPI round reflects how our amazing students, through their own hard work, are making the most of the rich opportunities we offer here.”

Additionally, Otago academics have now won the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for tertiary teaching excellence five years in a row.

"We are thrilled that the University’s steadfast performance reinforces its long-standing status as a leading research and teaching institution."

“We are thrilled that the University’s steadfast performance reinforces its long-standing status as a leading research and teaching institution. Our focus will remain on providing the very best in teaching and learning opportunities and encouraging the pursuit of the highest-quality research.”

The 2018 QS rankings see Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) retaining the top spot for the sixth consecutive year. Stanford University comes in at number two, while Harvard University is number three.

However, QS Research Director Ben Sowter says the continued dominance of the top US universities should not obscure a changing landscape elsewhere, with other US and UK institutions making way for the best of Australia, New Zealand, Russia, China and India – among others.

“New Zealand now boasts five universities among the Top 300, one more than last year and three are among the world’s top 200 in our research indicator.”

Five of New Zealand’s eight universities improved their standing, two remained the same, and just one, the University of Auckland, dropped one place.

Mr Sowter says the international clout of the New Zealand higher education system is impressive, especially considering that it competes with far more populous and richer countries.

How other New Zealand universities performed in the QS rankings:

2018 2017 Institution Name
82= 81 The University of Auckland
151 169 University of Otago
214 214= University of Canterbury
219 228= Victoria University of Wellington
292 324 University of Waikato
316= 340= Massey University
319= 343= Lincoln University
441-450 441-450 Auckland University of Technology (AUT)