Universities in New Zealand

In a modern society, universities play a vital role, not just for teaching but also for research and development of society as a whole. Being a centres of research excellence they play an important role in economic transformation and development.

History: Universities in New Zealand is a statutory body established under the Education Act 1961 as the New Zealand Vice-Chancellor’s Committee.

The Education Amendment Act 1990 gave us statutory responsibility for university quality assurance matters and the administration of scholarships.

Since 2010 we have operated as Universities New Zealand

Key Functions of Universities:

  • Ensure Academic Quality Assurance
  • Coordinate International Education Policy
  • Provide Sector Coordination
  • Inform and influence decision- making
  • Administer Scholarships

There are eight universities in New Zealand offering a wide range of tertiary education.

They are

Auckland University of Technology:

AUT university is in the tenth Year as a university,but it has been a key educational institution in Auckland for 114 Years, teaching students since 1895.

AUT helps you to realise your talent, unleash your potential and grow with inspiring confidence. As an undergraduate student at AUT, you will develop the ability to innovate, be flexible and call on a diverse range of skills, so that you can move with ease to wherever your future dreams takes you.

Our focus on collaboration and real-world and industry placements at the heart of many of our undergraduate degrees.

Lincoln University:

It is the New zealand’s specialist land- based university and it is one of the country’s oldest tertiary education institutions.

The University’s commitment to sustainability and climate change issues is apparent in much of its the teaching and research.

Whether you need advice on your future career, or you’re looking for a job to see you through your studies, or you’re an employer wanting to recruit students and graduates, Lincoln provides assistance on anything employment related.

Lincoln University maintains excellent relations with employers in a wide range of industries. Smaller class size We’re smaller which means you count. You’re not just a number, here students come first. Our classes are smaller. We have a low student to lecturer ratio which means more personalised attention for our students

Our lecturers have an ‘open door policy’. That means they are always on hand to discuss projects and essays or clarify a lecture topic. The size of the University makes it very easy to make friends Field trips. At Lincoln University we believe in practical applied learning. To that end, a large number of our courses have field trip components, so it is highly likely that during your university career you will go on one. You could visit anything from a business, vineyard, forest or some other place where you can see the applications of the work you study.

Did you know:

Richie McCaw is the most capped rugby player of all times, entered the University as an Excellence Scholar in 1999 to study for a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and was awarded a rugby sports scholarship soon after. The fourth generation of his family to enrol at Lincoln, he made his All Blacks debut in 2001. In recognition of his illustrious rugby career and contribution to sport, Lincoln University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in Natural Resources in 2012.

Massey University:

Massey University has a distinctive reputation established through academic leadership, research excellence and innovative teaching. Each year more than 4000 international students from over 100 countries find a warm and welcoming environment at Massey.

With a tradition of academic excellence, Massey University is the nearest thing New Zealand has to be a national university. It has nearly 18,000 students enrolled on three main campuses, with approximately 17,000 national and worldwide distance learning (extramural) students.

University of Auckland:

The University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand, located in the country’s largest city, Auckland. It is the highest-ranked university in the country, being ranked 81st worldwide in the 2016/17 QS World University Rankings.

The University is Established in 1883 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, the university is made up of eight faculties over six campuses. It has a head count of more than 40,000 students, and more than 30,000 equivalent full-time students.

University of Otago:

New Zealand’s oldest higher education institution, the University of Otago was established in the year 1869. It is New Zealand’s second entry in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, ranked 169 th in the world. The university’s memorable motto is “Dare to be wise”, currently teaches around 20,600 students in its four faculties, which cover humanities, sciences, health sciences and business. It is situated in Dunedin, the second-largest city on the South Island.

University of Canterbury:

It is also located on the South Island, in the island’s largest city of Christchurch, the University of Canterbury is New Zealand’s third-highest ranked university at joint 214 th in the world. It was founded in 1873, makes it the second-oldest higher education institution in the country. About 15,000 students are enrolled, with courses offered in subjects including arts, commerce, engineering, fine arts, forestry, health sciences, law, music, social work, speech and language pathology, science, sports coaching and teaching.

Victoria University of Wellington :

New Zealand’s fourth entrant in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Victoria University of Wellington is placed joint 228. It was established in 1897 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, and became an independent institution in 1961. The university is host to about 21,000 students in its nine faculties. It is well known for its programs in law, the humanities and some scientific disciplines, and offers a wide range of other courses as well.

University of Waikato:

The University of Waikato overtook Massey University as the fifth highest-ranked university in New Zealand in 2016-2017, placed 324 th . It’s one of the younger top universities in New Zealand, founded in 1964, and is located in the cities of Hamilton and Tauranga on the North Island. The university has around 12,300 students and appears in the top 250 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 for 12 subjects.

The other three universities in New Zealand, Massey University, Lincoln University and Auckland University of Technology, are all ranked among the world’s top 450 institutions in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017.