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AUT Rankings

Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings

Top 1% of universities worldwide and ranked second in New Zealand

AUT is ranked in the 251-300 band and is the second placed university in New Zealand in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023.

Number 1 for global research impact in New Zealand

Our citation score puts AUT at 53rd in the world. This impressive achievement puts AUT ahead of all other universities in New Zealand.

Top 25 in the world for international outlook

AUT is ranked in the top 25 in the world for its international outlook, placing equal 24th in the world and equal first in New Zealand, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023.

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.

A leading young university

Times Higher Education has ranked AUT as one of the best young universities, ranked 41st in the world based on the quality of our teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

Committed to social and economic impact

AUT is ranked 60th in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2022, which highlight the social impact of universities and their commitment to the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

For individual Sustainability Development Goals we’re ranked:

  • 11th in the world – SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth
  • 18th in the world – SDG 5 Gender equality
  • 34th in the world – SDG17 Partnership for the goals
  • 46th in the world – SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities
  • 63rd in the world – SDG10 Reduced inequalities

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QS World University Rankings

In the QS World University Rankings 2023, AUT is ranked as one of the top 500 universities in the world (ranked 486).

AUT’s international outlook was highlighted, with AUT achieving the maximum 100 points for international faculty (#56 in the world) and international students (#26 in the world).

One of the world's top young universities

In the QS ranking of the top 50 world universities under 50 years old, AUT is ranked in the #51-60 band.

A 5-star university

AUT has been rated as a 5-star university by world university rankings organisation QS.

5 out of 5 stars for:

  • Teaching
  • Employability
  • Research
  • Internationalisation
  • Environmental Impact
  • Facilities
  • Sports (specialist subject)

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

Committed to sustainability

In the QS World University Rankings: Sustainability 2023 AUT is ranked #261-280 worldwide and ranked #48 for equality. This ranking assesses universities for environmental impact (sustainable institutions, sustainable education and sustainable research) and social impact (equality, knowledge exchange, impact of education, employability and opportunities, and quality of life).

One of the best student cities

Auckland was ranked 31st 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 2022

  • Accounting & Finance – top 200
  • Art & Design – top 200
  • Business & Management Studies – top 300
  • Communication & Media Studies top 200
  • Computer Science & Information Systems – top 450
  • Economics & Econometrics – top 400
  • Engineering - Electrical & Electronic – top 450
  • Hospitality & Leisure Management – top 100
  • Medicine – top 400
  • Sports-related Subjects – top 39

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 2023

  • Arts & Humanities - top 201-250 worldwide
  • Business & Economics - top 301-400 worldwide
  • Clinical and Health - top 101-125 worldwide
  • Computer Science - top 501–600 worldwide
  • Education - top 301-400 worldwide
  • Engineering - top 601–800 worldwide
  • Life Sciences - top 301-400 worldwide
  • Psychology - top 301-400 worldwide
  • Social Sciences - top 201-250 worldwide

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 2023

The US News Global Universities Rankings 2023 place AUT as #372 in the world and #3 in New Zealand, scoring particularly well on measures of citation impact.

Ranked first in New Zealand for research impact

We are ranked #46 in the world, and first in New Zealand, for the number of citations per paper.

Globally ranked subjects

  • Clinical Medicine - #290 worldwide
  • Social Sciences & Public Health - #367 worldwide
  • Computer Science - #585
  • Engineering - #656 worldwide

Shanghai Ranking (Academic Ranking of World Universities) 2022

New Zealand's top university for sport science

AUT’s School of Sport and Recreation was ranked as the top-ranked sport science school in New Zealand - ranked 39th in the world and the only New Zealand university ranked in the top 100 globally. The ranking consultancy identified international collaboration and research output as particular areas of strength in sport science at AUT.

Top in New Zealand for clinical medicine

AUT was ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for clinical medicine; first equal in New Zealand. AUT is also top in New Zealand for research influence and international collaboration in that subject.

Other globally ranked subjects

AUT also received subject rankings in:

  • Hospitality & Tourism Management – top 51-75 worldwide
  • Nursing – top 201-300 worldwide
  • Public Health – top 151-200 worldwide


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