University of waikato ranking

QS World University Rankings 2021

The QS World University Rankings assess institutions on their reputation among academics and employers, staff to student ratios, citations per staff member, and the proportion of international staff and students.

  • Ranked at 375= out of the world’s best 1,000 universities
  • Very high scores for the proportion of international staff and students (scored 96.8 and 85.3 out of 100, respectively)

Our globally-ranked subject areas:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business and Management Studies
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education (Top 150)
  • English Language and Literature
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Sociology

QS Stars Five Star Rating

In July 2016 we were awarded a five star rating by QS Stars, confirming the University of Waikato’s status as a world-class university with a high reputation for employment, cutting-edge facilities, internationally renowned research, and outstanding teaching and student satisfaction.

Five stars have been awarded in the categories of:

  • Employability
  • Teaching
  • Facilities
  • Internationalisation
  • Inclusiveness
  • Social Sciences and Management.

The QS Stars rating system evaluates the University across a broader range of criteria than traditional academic rankings, assessing the full university offering including student experience, satisfaction and employment outcomes.


Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, which score institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), were released on 22 April. The Impact Ranking is the first of its kind attempting to demonstrate the contribution of institutions towards the advancement of humanity.

Out of 766 institutions from 85 countries, the University of Waikato ranked within the top 100 institutions against two of the SDGs assessed.

– Reduced Inequalities, rank: =57

– Decent Work and Economic Growth, rank: =62

The University of Waikato is committed to using the power of our research and our people to make a significant, positive contribution on both a local and global scale.


Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2020

The latest THE World University Rankings places us in the 501-600 band.

The rankings are based on teaching, research, citations, industry outcomes, innovation and international outlook.

THE Subject Rankings 2020

  • Ranked in the global top 300: Social Sciences, Business & Economics and Education.

Academic Rankings of World Universities

We have been ranked 38th in the world for tourism and hospitality management in the Academic Rankings of World Universities – Subjects rankings 2020.


International student satisfaction

The 2019 International Student Barometer surveyed over 160,000 international students studying all over the world.

More than 90% of the students surveyed who studied at the University of Waikato were satisfied with their experience.


Engineering New Zealand Accredited

At Waikato, our eligible engineering programmes are fully accredited by Engineering New Zealand. This means that our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) students benefit from a qualification that is benchmarked to international standards and recognised internationally.


iSchools Member

Our Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences is the first and only New Zealand member of the international group of iSchools – a partnership of the world’s leading information schools. Membership reflects the international standing of our research into the relationships between information, people and technology; ranging from cyber-security and data mining to graphic design.


Triple Crown status

Waikato Management School is a member of an elite group of business schools worldwide that have earned “Triple Crown” status – an international acknowledgement of excellence in business education. We are accredited to AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA – only 1% of the world’s business schools have met the strict standards of all three accreditation bodies.

In 2017, our Centre for Corporate and Executive Education received re-accreditation for its MBA** programme from AMBA for five years, the maximum length of accreditation available. Its full-time MBM*** programme also received the highly regarded AMBA accreditation, the first MBM in New Zealand to receive this honour.

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University of Waikato Ranking 2019-2020 – Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)

Institution NameUniversity of Waikato
LocationNew Zealand
World Rank1050
National Rank7
Quality of Education Rank
Alumni Employment Rank592
Quality of Faculty Rank
Research Performance Rank1027
Overall Score70.0
Domainwaikato.ac.nz