AUT remains a leading NZ sports uni

11 Apr, 2024
AUT remains a leading NZ sports uni

AUT has retained its position as one of the world’s leading sports universities in the latest international academic rankings.

The 2024 QS World University Rankings by Subject saw AUT further reaffirm its status as one of New Zealand’s premier universities for sports studies, improving its ranking to equal 28th globally for sports-related subjects.

AUT’s Dean of the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Professor Brett Cowan, says the improved ranking coincides with the countdown to the Paris Olympics, where AUT is the official university partner of the New Zealand Team.

“AUT is proud to be one of New Zealand’s leading sports universities and this improved ranking recognises the huge amount of work we have done to continue to evolve and innovate to be at the leading edge of sport teaching, learning and research,” Brett says.

AUT’s Acting Head of School of Sport and Recreation, Gaye Bryham, says it also underlines the impact the University’s sports subjects have beyond the classroom. “Whether it is our alumni working in leading sports-related roles nationally and internationally, our world-leading research into sport or our industry partnerships supporting some of our national organisations, including the New Zealand team competing at the Paris Olympics, AUT remains at the forefront of excellence in sport teaching and research,” says Gaye.

AUT also performed strongly in several other subject rankings, including Hospitality and Leisure Management which retained its ranking in the global top 100, and new entrant to the QS subject rankings, Anatomy and Physiology, which placed in the top 150.

The QS World University Rankings evaluate 4,982 universities worldwide across 55 subjects and five broad faculty areas. Universities are assessed according to five metrics: academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per paper, H-index and International Research Network.

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