Business School attracts top Australasian ranking

05 July 2011

QS World University Rankings out today have confirmed The University of Auckland Business School as the top learning facility in New Zealand in several key areas.

The School’s Department of Accounting and Finance has been ranked 33rd in the world, and Economics and Econometrics 37th in the rankings released today.

This follows the recent QS rankings for Computer Science and Information Systems, which placed the University 40th in the world, meaning three of the School’s largest departments are now firmly within the top eight in their field in the entire Australia/Asia region.

The QS World University rankings are based on academic reputation, employer reputation and citations per staff member. Global graduate employers identify on behalf of QS the universities that produce the best graduates, both overall and within a given discipline.

“There is daylight between our Departments and their nearest competitors,” Professor Whittred says. “These rankings confirm our position as the leading Business School in New Zealand and as a peer of the best in the region, and I am particularly delighted about the impact that our staff citations enjoy.”

Law has this year ranked 18th in the world, the first time Auckland has been placed in the top 20 in any of the global subject rankings.

Other department and faculties to do well this year include Politics and International Studies (35th), Statistics and Operational Research (41st), and in the 51-100 range in Sociology. Auckland was the top New Zealand university in all but Sociology.

“These rankings are extremely pleasing following our success in the QS rankings for other subject areas issued over the last few months,” Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart McCutcheon says.

”We have consistently been in the top 50, with placings as high as 27th in Psychology, 23rd in Modern Languages and now an outstanding 18th in Law. While international rankings are not the only barometer of quality, this recognition across a broad range of subjects reflects great credit on the quality of our staff, their teaching and research, and on our graduates.”