AUT Soars in world university rankings


Times Higher Education (THE) recently released its 2019 World University Rankings results, placing AUT for the first time in the top three universities in New Zealand, and the top 350 in the world.


Over the last four years AUT has climbed consistently in the Times Higher Education rankings and ascended two bands from its 2018 position in the 401-450 band. Ahead of us are the well-established Universities of Auckland and Otago, both in the top 250.


A major factor in our ranked position this time was our score for citation impact, which was the highest score in New Zealand and very close to the top 100 in the world. The citation score reflects a university’s role in the spread of new knowledge and is based on the average number of times the university’s published work is cited by other authors globally.


We also retain the top position in the country for international outlook, which is scored as a composite of the proportions of international academic staff, international students, and internationally co-authored research outputs.


The Times Higher Education ranking is a rigorous system that assesses more than 1,250 research intensive universities – selected from the estimated 26,000 universities in the world.


Times Higher Education stated in their press release:


It’s highly encouraging to see such a strong performance from AUT this year – at less than 20 years old, it’s been a swift rise, and to become a global top 350 university is hugely impressive.”