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Top 10 Academic Institutions In New Zealand

Check the Top 10 Universities and Colleges in New Zealand for the year of 2016-17. Choose your favorite institution after reading the article.

Mahesh Ramani | 20 Dec 2012 | Updated on 10 Mar 2017 | 5.2K Views
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The University of Auckland is the largest University in New Zealand. The University has multiple faculties and ranks consistently well in student satisfaction surveys.

Come study in one of the most picturesque countries in the world!

New Zealand is gaining prominence as a higher education destination among Indian students. New Zealand offers internationally recognized qualifications, a safe and conducive environment for Indian students and excellent part-time work opportunities as well.
Salient features of a New Zealand education:
• New Zealand is also “a top-performing country for the quality of its educational system”, says the OECD’s 2011 Better Life report.
• All degrees are internationally recognised.
• State-of-the-art training facilities across the universities.
• Fees lesser than charged in the US or UK.
• Small class-sizes to ensure retention of learning.
• Opportunities to stay back in New Zealand after studies and find a good job!
As per the QS World University Rankings 2016-17, the popular universities in New Zealand are ranked as follows:
1. University of Auckland
2. University of Otago
3. University of Canterbury
4. Victoria University of Wellington
5. University of Waikato
6. Massey University
7. Lincoln University
8. Auckland University of Technology
9. Unitec Institute of Technology
10. Otago Polytechnic

1. University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand. Established in 1883, with close to about 38,000 students, the University offers undergraduate, postgraduate and research-oriented courses in subjects as varied as engineering, the arts and humanities, law, medicine, science and business.  The University has multiple faculties and ranks consistently in student satisfaction and job-opportunity surveys.

2. University of Otago

The University of Otago is based out of scenic Dunedin. With a strong community of 17,000 students, including about 2800 international students, Otago offers a great study experience. With campuses in Dunedin, Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland and Southland the University of Otago is committed to sustaining resources and believes in the concept of a ‘green campus’. Courses are offered in subject-areas as diverse as commerce and health sciences and humanities and engineering.

3. University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury (UC) is New Zealand’s second oldest university and was established in 1873 by scholars from Oxford and Cambridge Universities. UC offers programmes in more than 150 disciplines and has over 16,000 students including 1,200 international students. Distinguished alumni are - Nobel Prize-winner Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, actor Sam Neill and Director of Google Engineering, Craig Nevill-Manning.  

4. Victoria University of Wellington

The Victoria University of Wellington, established in 1899, is a fully government accredited university. Victoria University offers courses across wide range of academic areas including architecture, design, commerce, education, humanities, social sciences, law, music, science and engineering. The University has a student population of over 21,000 including 3,000 international students from around 80 countries. The University has four campuses. Study options include pre-degree programme, undergraduate degrees, postgraduate programmes, graduate and postgraduate certificates and diplomas.

5. University of Waikato

The University of Waikato was formally inaugurated in 1964. With close to 13,000 students of which about 2,100 are international students Waikato offers a culturally diverse study environment. Prominent alumni include - Warren Gatland the head coach of the Welsh Rugby Union, Hekia Parata - Minister of Education in New Zealand, Sam Knowles - Chief Executive of Kiwibank. With 7 primary faculties and a Pathways College research-centric courses are offered in a multitude of subjects ranging from anthropology and mathematics to law and computers and much more.

6. Massey University

The Massey University has been producing academic champions for the past 80 years. With a number of academic departments and associated colleges, Massey University offers courses in subjects like business, education, health sciences, engineering, technology, physical sciences, nutrition and much more. With campuses in Auckland, Albany, Wellington and Manawatu; Massey University offers research-centric courses in more than 40 different subject categories. 

7. Lincoln University

The Lincoln University is located on the scenic Canterbury Plains and is a thirty-minute drive from Christchurch. Lincoln University traces its origins to the School of Agriculture established in 1878. Lincoln University offers bachelors and postgraduate qualifications in agriculture and agribusiness, commerce, environmental management and planning, landscape architecture, sport and recreation management, science, software and information technology, tourism and viticulture and oenology. 

8. Auckland University of Technology

The Auckland University of Technology or AUT is New Zealand’s youngest universities and offers a variety of courses in science, engineering and technology. Formerly known as the Auckland Institute of Technology, the institution received university status in January 2000 and was renamed as the Auckland University of Technology. With a strong focus on research and excellent recreational facilities studying at AUT is a great experience.

9. Unitec Institute of Technology

The Unitec New Zealand is located in Auckland. The Institute has four campuses at Mt Albert, Waitakere, North Shore and Newmarket. Over 19,500 students pursue a comprehensive portfolio of programmes extending from certificates and diplomas through to degrees and doctorates, across a wide range of professional and vocational areas. Programmes are offered in the areas of architecture, business, education, health, language studies, natural sciences and sport among others.

10. Otago Polytechnic

The Otago Polytechnic traces its origins to the Dunedin School of Art established in 1870; with campuses in Dunedin, Central Otago and Auckland, Otago Polytechnic consistently ranks at the top for its courses in design, nursing and IT. Otago Polytechnic has a long tradition of producing exceptional graduates who go on to be productive, thoughtful and creative members of their chosen professions. Students at Otago Polytechnic, benefit from an education that emphasizes real-world learning with a strong theoretical base. 
You may also check out Top Ten Universities in Australia
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