VUW wins place in list of world’s top fifty universities

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria University is continuing its success in university rankings, being named one of the top 50 universities in the world in four subjects.

The 2013 QS World University Rankings rank Victoria at number 19 in Law. Other subjects in which Victoria is in the top 50 are Politics and International Relations (41), English Language and Literature (44) and Psychology (49).

Victoria was also ranked in the top 150 in the world in eight other subjects: Modern Languages, Philosophy, Computer Science and Information Systems, Earth and Marine Sciences, Geography, Communications and Media Studies, Education and Economics and Econometrics.

The QS World University Rankings cover the world’s top 700 universities and ratings are based on a range of measures including peer review, citation rates and employer surveys.

The results follow the recent Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) Evaluation, which ranked Victoria first among New Zealand universities for research.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Pat Walsh says the QS World University Rankings are further external confirmation of the calibre of research and teaching at Victoria.

“The various ranking systems use different measures and different methodology but the overall message is consistent: Victoria is a university of high international standing.”

Press Release – THE-QS World University Rankings
The 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject, published today on TopUniversities.com, reveals the top 200 universities in the world for 30 disciplines including degree subjects such as mathematics, economics, civil engineering, psychology, law and 25 others. Victoria University figures high on the lists.

Now in its 3rd year, The QS World University Rankings by Subject series takes into the account the opinion of academics and employers via a global survey. The rankings series is the only international comparison that allows prospective students to compare universities in their particular area of interest.

The University of Otago, ranked 15th for psychology, is the highest-ranked New Zealand institution. Victoria University of Wellington was the 2nd highest-ranked institution, placing 19th in law. Overall, the University of Auckland was featured in the top 50 in 17 subjects, making it the best-performing institution in the country.

Globally, Harvard University ranks number one in 10 disciplines, ahead of MIT (7), University of California, Berkeley (4), Oxford (4), Cambridge (3), Imperial (1) and University of California, Davis (1).

New Zealand universities in the top 50 of the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject

University
Subject (rank)

University of Auckland
English Language and Literature (36)

History (24)

Linguistics (26)

Modern Languages (42=)

Philosophy (49=)

Computer Science (38)

Civil Engineering (21)

Biological Sciences (43=)

Medicine (43=)

Pharmacy (41)

Mathematics (46=)

Accounting and Finance (20)

Economics (50)

Education (24)

Law (24)

Politics (40)

Statistics (47)

Victoria University of Wellington
English Language and Literature (44)

Psychology (49=)

Law (19)

Politics (41)

University of Otago
English Language and Literature (45)

History (24)

Psychology (15)

Law 932)

Massey University
Agriculture and Forestry (21=)

Ben Sowter, head of research at QS says, “Looking at New Zealand’s overall performance, the country’s institutions are clearly world class in a wide variety of disciplines.”

He continues, “As governments around the world move towards the ‘student pays’ model on higher education funding, employability is increasingly crucial to graduates. QS is the only ranking organisation that takes into account the opinion of employers, giving students a current reflection of what employers are seeking.”

The 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject evaluated 2,858 universities and ranked 678 institutions in total.

The full methodology with an overview of the performance of all New Zealand’s institutions considered is published on TopUniversities.com alongside the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject tables for accounting and finance; chemistry; history; English language; sociology; electrical engineering; chemical engineering; politics, biological sciences; modern languages; and more.

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