The University of Auckland is the highest ranked university in the country (1st in NZ and 271st in the world), according to the Ranking Web of World Universities (July 2011), ahead of University of Waikato (2nd in NZ and 480th in the world), and University of Otago (3rd in NZ and 538th in the world). A total of 7 NZ institutions ranked in the global top 1000. The others are: University of Canterbury (561st globally), Victoria University of Wellington (623rd globally), Massey University (626th globally), and Auckland University of Technology (829th globally).
In another international ranking (4icu.org University Web Ranking 2011), the top 3 universities in New Zealand are: University of Auckland (No. 1), University of Otago (No. 2), and Massey University (No. 3).
The University of Otago is also New Zealand's top-ranked university for research quality (Tertiary Education Commission. PBRF Quality Evaluation 2006 (Wellington, 2007)). It is ranked among the very best institutions in the following international rankings:
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University's ranking of the world's universities in 2010 placed Otago in the 201-302 bracket of universities together with the University of Auckland.
- Otago recorded the highest score of any New Zealand university for citations per faculty. It was ranked 57th in the world for the discipline area of Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2010 QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd ranking of world universities.
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