World rankings

AUT Rankings

Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings

Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide

In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020, AUT is ranked in the 251-300 band, the fourth consecutive year that AUT has moved up in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

We are the third highest ranked university in New Zealand.

In the Asia-Pacific University Ranking 2019, AUT is ranked as number 51.

Number 1 for global research impact in New Zealand

Our citation score puts AUT at 32nd in the world. This impressive achievement puts AUT ahead of all other New Zealand universities.

Top university for international outlook in New Zealand

AUT is ranked first in New Zealand for International Outlook (ranked number 27 in the world) in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

Times Higher Education ranks universities for international outlook according to their ability to attract international students and staff, as well as how well they engage and collaborate with overseas universities.

Ranked 16th in the world for social impact

AUT is ranked 16th in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2019, which highlight the social impact of universities and their commitment to the UN Sustainability Development Goals.

Top millennial university in Australasia

Times Higher Education has ranked AUT as one of the world’s top 60 young universities (ranked number 51 in the world), based on the quality of teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

AUT is also one of the worlds' top millennial universities (those founded in the 21st century) - ranked first in Australasia and 14th in the world.

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QS World University Rankings

In the QS World University Rankings  2020, AUT is ranked as one of the top 500 universities in the world (ranked 442).

AUT’s international outlook was highlighted, with AUT ranking #21 in the world, the highest score for a New Zealand university.

One of the world's top young universities

In the QS ranking of the top 50 world universities under 50 years old, AUT was ranked in the #61-70 band. We are the 16th youngest university acknowledged in this ranking.

A five-star university

AUT has been rated as a five-star university by world university rankings organisation QS. We also achieved a maximum five stars for Teaching, Employability, Internationalisation, Facilities and Inclusiveness. AUT’s focus on Social Responsibility was recognised with a four-star rating.

The QS stars system uses a range of indicators to evaluate and benchmark the broader student experience and contribution of universities.

One of the best student cities

Auckland was ranked 23rd in the QS Best Student Cities rankings, due to a high score for quality of living, a large and diverse student community, and a high rating from graduate recruiters as a source of new talent.

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World-ranked subjects

QS World University Subject Rankings 2019

  • Accounting and Finance - top 150
  • Art and Design - top 100
  • Business and Management Studies - top 200
  • Communication and Media Studies - top 200
  • Computer Science & Information Systems - top 400
  • Economics and Econometrics - top 300
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering - top 400
  • Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering - top 500
  • Sports - top 30

A key component of the rankings methodology is a worldwide reputation survey completed by academic peers (85,000) and employers (42,000). Research citations are also assessed for most subjects.

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Times Higher Education Subject Rankings

Ranked first in New Zealand for health subjects

In 2018, the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by subject placed AUT 92 in the world and first in New Zealand for its clinical, pre-clinical and health subjects. Our high score for research impact was a significant factor in this ranking.

Other globally ranked subjects

In 2018 AUT also received subject rankings in:

  • Business & Economics - #401-500 band
  • Computer Science - #501–600 band
  • Education - #251-300 band
  • Engineering & Technology - #601–800 band
  • Life Sciences - #301-400 band
  • Psychology - #301-400 band
  • Social Sciences - #401-500 band

To determine its rankings, THE judges world-class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook, using 13 performance indicators.

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US News Global Universities Rankings

In 2018, AUT climbed another 68 places to be ranked #538 in the world, scoring particularly well on measures of research citation impact and international collaboration in publication.

Ranked first in New Zealand, and 38th in the world, for research impact

We are ranked #38 in the world, and first in New Zealand, for the number of citations per paper. The percentage of publications with international collaboration puts us at #128 in the world and second in New Zealand.

We are ranked #283 in the world for Clinical Medicine, including being rated #26 globally for our very strong citation impact, #89 for international collaboration and #155 in the world for the percentage of top 1% highly cited papers.

Academic Ranking of World Universities

New Zealand's top university for sport science

In 2018, AUT’s School of Sport and Recreation was the top-ranked sport science school in New Zealand and ranked 46th in the world. The ranking consultancy identified international collaboration and research output as particular areas of strength in sport science at AUT.

Other globally ranked subjects

In 2019 AUT also received subject rankings in:

  • Business Administration – top 201-300 worldwide
  • Education – top 301-400 worldwide
  • Hospitality & Tourism Management – top 51-75 worldwide
  • Management – top 401-500 worldwide
  • Nursing – top 151-200 worldwide
  • Public Health – top 151-200 worldwide