The University of Otago is pleased to have maintained its
place as the second-ranked New Zealand university on an
international list of the world's top universities.
The Times Higher Education World University rankings showed
Otago University remained in the group of 226-250th. Academic
and international deputy vice-chancellor Prof Vernon Squire
said the university was happy with its ranking.
''We welcome [the] announcement and it is pleasing that Otago
has maintained its place in the 226-250 band,'' Prof Vernon
Otago University was behind Auckland University, which
slipped three places to 164. The drop was not a major concern
for the tertiary institution.
Auckland University deputy vice-chancellor Prof John Morrow
said a variation of three places was of no ''real
''The more important thing is the trend over time in these
rankings, and the tendency there is for all New Zealand
universities to increase their scores [but] to decline in the
rankings, which means we're doing better but other people are
doing better than us,'' he said.
Issues around funding and resources in universities had to be
addressed, Prof Morrow said.
To be competitive and attract overseas students, New Zealand
universities needed to be well-resourced, he said.
Results for New Zealand's other universities were mixed, with
Victoria University in Wellington dropping a ranking band,
moving from 251-275 in 2012-13 to 276-300 in the new list.
Canterbury and Waikato Universities stayed put, falling
somewhere between 301 and 350.
The list, which is released annually, uses 13 separate
performance indicators to test a university's strength
against its core missions.
The new results were likely to be a blow across the Tasman -
with several Australian institutions slipping places.
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven
Joyce said the new rankings reflected the ''increased
competitiveness of the international university market''.
''The Government has increased its investment in universities
by 16.5% over the last four years, despite tough financial
Mr Joyce said New Zealand universities had to be able to
respond more quickly and effectively to the ''competitive
challenges'' set against them.
This included attracting more international students,
expanding research links, and investing more in disciplines
where they had a competitive advantage.
- Additional reporting by APNZ.