What's New at AUT

We’re proud of all our alumni and everything they go on to achieve after they graduate from AUT. Just like our alumni, we’ve got goals and ambitions and we’re always striving for new milestones for the university. We want to share some of our news with you – you might feel a little twinge of pride for what your university has gone on to achieve too.
Inside the new Sir Paul Reeves Building on the City Campus

Since earning university status 15 years ago, AUT has experienced massive growth, physical expansion, investment and ongoing development of its research and teaching capacity.

A few highlights of AUT's recent milestones

International recognition

  • AUT is among the world’s best universities assessed by QS World University Rankings with an overall four star rating, and five-star ratings for Teaching, Employability, Internationalisation, Access and Facilities.
  • Several AUT subjects are ranked in the top 200 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016: Art and Design – top 100, Accounting and Finance - top 150, Communications and Media Studies - top 200, Education - top 250, and Computer Science and Information Systems - top 250

Student numbers

  • Ministry of Education figures show that from 2006 to 2013, AUT was responsible for well over half – 57% – of the total growth in degree EFTS (equivalent full-time students) across New Zealand’s university sector.
  • In 2014, 16% or 3,300 of AUT’s total enrolments were international students.

Subjects and programmes

  • The subjects available to study at AUT – in degree and postgraduate qualifications, including 650 doctoral students in 2014 – have broadened and changed. 
  • Over the last decade, AUT has introduced new degrees in fields such as construction management, arts management, oral and dental health, education, architectural and construction engineering, engineering technology culinary arts, criminology, design thinking, food science, sports science, creative technologies, law, paramedicine, and many more.
  • With 14 schools all offering programmes up to PhD level, AUT is a comprehensive university and, in New Zealand, the major university provider in the broad fields of business and commerce, health and medicine, creative arts, computing and information technology.


  • Alongside its schools, AUT has major research centres and institutes that extend the range of its work into areas such as biomedical devices and technologies, public health and rehabilitation, linguistics, computing and information technology, advanced manufacturing, tourism, ecology, and public policy.
  • AUT has major international research partnerships which continue to grow along with industry links and placements for students and alumni in companies around the world.
  • The range of A-rated AUT researchers in the latest PBRF rankings reached across hugely diverse fields, from linguistics to neuro-epidemiology.

Campus developments

  • AUT’s physical growth has also been substantial with major development projects including the AUT Business School, the Sir Paul Reeves Building, and the world-class sports development and research centre AUT Millennium.
  • AUT’s expansion has included several other specialist facilities such as New Zealand’s only radio astronomy observatory in Warkworth, and the country’s most advanced additive manufacturing centre with state-of-the-art equipment capable of 3D printing in plastics and metals, top quality video and motion capture studios, a hi-tech textile design laboratory, and a world-class facility for teaching culinary arts and hospitality management.
  • AUT now has three teaching campuses, having established the AUT South Campus in Manukau and secured government commitment to grow the funded places to 4000 by 2020.

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Last updated: 23-Jan-2017 11.43am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.