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    Auckland University of Technology: Global, National and Subject-wise Rankings 2020-2021

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    Auckland University of Technology, commonly known as AUT is a publicly-owned university for higher education and research. It is among the top 1.5% of universities in the world and has constantly clutched itself amid the top 4 universities in New Zealand, competing with reputed domestic competitors including the University of Auckland, University of Otago, and the University of Canterbury. Founded as Auckland Technical School in 1895 it initially offered evening classes. In 2000, the institution was granted university status and hence got the current name Auckland University of Technology. The institute has collaborated with big and small organizations including NASA, Air New Zealand, Spark, and more.

    QS Top Universities ranked it 437th in their global rankings for 2021 while US News and Times Higher Education gave the university 389th and 251–300th positions respectively in their global rankings for 2021. The institute offers over 250 programs in various disciplines including art, design, economics, science, business, education, engineering, mathematics, computer science, clinical studies, psychology, nursing, tourism and hospitality, social science, and sports.

    Auckland University of Technology Ranking Highlights

    • Ranked 389th in Best Global Universities Rankings 2021 by US News
    • Ranked 437th in QS Global World Ranking 2021
    • Ranked 251–300th in Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2021
    • Ranked 4th in Best Global Universities in New Zealand by US News for 2021
    • Ranked 3rd in Times Higher Education’s Best Universities in New Zealand 2021

    Auckland University of Technology Global Ranking

    US News gave 389th position in its 2021 Best Global Universities rankings, notably the highest among all ranking agencies. It has also ranked it as the 4th best in New Zealand and 27th best in New Zealand and Australia. The Times Higher Education has given the institute 251–300th spot in their 2021 list. It is also ranked 23rd in THE’s Impact Rankings for 2020 and the third-best in New Zealand as well.

    The ranking criteria by QS Top University include factors like academic reputation, employer reputation, citations, international faculty, and international students. It stood 437th in the latest 2021 rankings and was placed at 442nd, 464th, and 450th spots in the years 2020, 2019, and 2018 respectively. The university’s international reputation has helped it in gaining respected ranks as International faculty and international students are the factors having the highest points, giving the university these reputed rankings.

    Trends for rankings given by QS Top Universities reveal that the university constantly dabbles within the top 450 and at times the top 500 universities in the world. QS’s ranking data for past years can be tabulated as-

    Year QS World University Ranking
    2021 437th
    2020 442th
    2019 464th
    2018 441-450th
    2017 441-450th

    Auckland University of Technology Ranking in New Zealand

    Even after having a relatively new establishment, the Times Higher Education ranked Auckland University of Technology as the 3rd in their Best universities in New Zealand rankings for 2021, below the University of Auckland and the University of Otago, the two most reputed universities in New Zealand, both having rankings among the top 150 and top 250 institutes around the globe respectively.

    The US News’ Best Universities in New Zealand ranked the institute at the 4th spot, after the University of Auckland, the University of Otago, and the University of Canterbury. QS Top Universities also ranks the institute among the top ten in New Zealand.

    So, Auckland University of Technology ranking in New Zealand according to various reputed agencies can be given as-

    • Ranked 4th in Best Global Universities in New Zealand by US News for 2021
    • Ranked 3rd in Times Higher Education’s Best Universities in New Zealand 2021

    Auckland University of Technology Subject-wise Ranking

    The institute’s evolving research excellence and prominent international outlook as byproducts have given it top-notch faculties and facilities and thus decent subject-wise ratings and rankings. The highest subject-wise ranking is credited to Hospitality and Leisure Management and Sports-related subjects, ranked 34th and 35th globally.

    Most of the subjects taught at the institution are ranked mainly between 50 and 200th positions globally. Communications and Media Studies, Art and Design, Accounts and Finance come next, as the third highest-ranked subject by QS Rankings, having a position 101-150th. Business and Management Studies, Economics, Engineering, and Sociology are some other high ranked subjects with global positions in between 100 and 200.

    Global research reputation, Regional research reputation, Publications, Normalized citation impact, Total citations, Number of publications are some of the factors included in the ranking methodology by the US News. The US News has ranking data for two subjects namely Clinical Medicine and Social Sciences and Public Health. So, the subject-wise rankings by both QS Top Universities and US News can further be summarised as-

    Subject QS by Subject Global Ranking
    Hospitality and Leisure Management 34th
    Sports-Related Subject 35th
    Communication and Media Studies 101-150th
    Art and Design 101-150th
    Accounts and Finance 101-150th
    Business and Management Studies 201-250th
    Economics and Econometrics 251-300th
    Computer Science and Information Systems 401-450th
    Engineering - Mechanical 451-500th
    US News Subject-wise Global Ranking
    Clinical Medicine 210th
    Social Sciences and Public Health 362nd

    Auckland University of Technology Miscellaneous Rankings

    The university also has the following miscellaneous rankings under its name-

    • Ranked 1st in New Zealand for Global Research Impact by The Times Higher Education
    • Ranked among the World’s Top 20 Millennial Universities (founded in the 21st century) by The Times Higher Education
    • Ranked 23rd in the Impact Rankings 2020 by The Times Higher Education
    • Ranked 40th in the Young University Rankings 2020 by The Times Higher Education
    • Ranked 301-500th in the world for Graduate Employability Rankings given by QS Top Universities

    Auckland University of Technology has emerged quickly as a leading research institute in New Zealand. As it has a comparatively fresh establishment, it holds the potential to touch even higher feats and excellence. Its international outlook has helped it a bunch to gain popularity and respect globally. Among the top 400 universities in the world and within the top 5 in New Zealand, AUT is a decent option to pursue research and other higher academics.


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