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Clocktower.Thursday 1 March 2018 2:43pm

The University of Otago has again placed well in the QS World Rankings for 2018.

The 2018 QS World University Rankings by subject released today have seen an increase in the total number of University of Otago subjects ranked in the top 100 worldwide.

As well as maintaining five subjects in the top 50 worldwide (with three of those five improving their position within the top 50), the numbers of Otago subjects ranked between 51st and 100th increased from eight to 10.

In the top five subject areas for Otago, Physical Education is ranked 12th in the world, and Dentistry, ranked 27th.

The University's Archaeology, Anatomy and Physiology and Development Studies offerings also achieved top-50 rankings, placing 28th, 29th and 39th respectively.

For the first time, Theology, Nursing, Pharmacy/Pharmacology, and Earth (and Marine) Sciences featured in the 51 to100 band in the world, joining Psychology, Performing Arts, Geography, Education, Anthropology, and Law in this band.

As well as having 15 subjects in the top 100 band, Otago also has another seven subjects in the top 150-band, and six in the 151 to 200 band.

The Otago subjects in the 101-150-band are: English, History, Biological Sciences, Medicine, Environmental Sciences, Accounting and Finance, and Business and Management Studies.

Those in the 151-200 band are: Languages, Philosophy, Communications and Media Studies, Economics and Econometrics, Politics and International Relations, and Sociology.

In the broader “faculty” categories assessed for the rankings, Otago's life sciences and medicine areas were ranked 64th in the world overall, compared to 66th in 2017. Otago also secures top 100 faculty rankings for social sciences and management and for arts and humanities.)

“Broadly speaking, these are stronger results compared to 2017, which was in turn much stronger than 2016,” says Otago's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Vernon Squire.

This year, four of Otago's top 50 subjects are in the top 30, compared to two in 2017, and there are 15 subjects in the top 100, rather than last year's 13.

Professor Squire says the results are “very pleasing.”

“They are welcome recognition of the range and quality of our teaching and research across the disciplines, and what we have achieved,” he says.

“I take this opportunity to also recognise the hard work of the staff involved in the many departments that feature in these rankings,” Professor Squire says.

The QS subject rankings are derived using a combination of factors. These include academic reputation (how academics from other universities rate a university in a particular subject area), employer reputation (how employers rate a university in a particular subject area), and citations (the extent to which the work of an academic in a subject area is quoted or referenced in the work of others). The assessment involves specific consideration of over 4,400 of the more than 10,000 universities worldwide.

You can find the QS World University Rankings by subject here.

For more information, contact:

Jo Galer
Team Leader Media Engagement
University of Otago

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