University of Canterbury improves QS ranking

19 June 2019

The University of Canterbury (UC) has continued to prove its international position, improving four places to 227th in the latest QS World University Rankings.

  • Cheryl de la Rey

    Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey.

The University of Canterbury (UC) has continued to prove its international position, improving four places to 227th in the latest QS World University Rankings.

UC Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey has welcomed the result, up from last year’s ranking of 231 and well up from UC’s ranking of 242 in 2014.

“Emerging successfully from an intense $1.2 billion rebuilding phase, the University of Canterbury is pleased that its international position has improved four places to 227th in the latest QS World University Rankings.  The upward trend in the rankings is testimony that UC is firmly focussed on excellence and impact in its core academic mission.”

 QS World University Rankings assess university reputation among academics and employers, faculty to student ratio, research citations per faculty, and the proportion of international staff and students enrolled. The rankings, produced by global higher education consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds, rank the world’s top 1000 universities.

Key findings:

  • UC earned a global rank of 227th.
  • International Faculty Ratio is the highest ranked indicator for UC with a score of 100 and a corresponding global rank of 54.
  • Employers continue to value UC graduates highly by ranking the University 210th in the world, improving by 59 places.
  • UC is among five New Zealand universities which improved in rank, while three New Zealand universities declined in rank. In Asia-Pacific, 117 universities improved and 79 universities declined with 61 remaining flat.

Director of Research at QS Ben Sowter says: “Nurtured by a system ranked in 2017 by the Economist’s Intelligence Unit as having the best teaching environment in the world, New Zealand’s graduates are increasingly being recognised by employers in our survey as highly desirable. The latest edition of the QS World University Rankings provides further suggestion that New Zealand’s universities are successfully upskilling their graduates in ways that prepare them for the uncertain, volatile, ambiguous future of work.”

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