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Applying for higher education is a crucial step in students’ academic and professional lives. This decision impacts almost every area of their lives. Hence, thorough research must be carried out about all the schools, colleges, and universities that align with their higher education preferences, career choices, and personal interest. With so many new disciplines emerging every few years, universities worldwide are offering a plethora of courses and specializations that students can select from. This has also caused an upsurge in the number of students applying for education abroad. Nearly five million students were enrolled in higher education institutions outside their countries as of 2021.

The most attractive destinations for students studying abroad include the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, etc. While most universities in these destinations are remarkable in terms of their academic and co-curricular experiences, some destinations stand out because of their friendlier and more accepting environment. New Zealand is one of those destinations. Not only does it have globally recognized universities, but it also has a great environment for people from all across the world to blend in; it is, after all, the second most peaceful country in the world. 

With each passing year, the need for a professional degree for a successful career has only escalated; however, tuition and other educational expenses have also skyrocketed. This makes it difficult for so many students to pursue higher education in good educational institutions worldwide. Even if they can afford it after working tirelessly for hours, it causes unwarranted stress in their lives that affects their education one way or another. To deal with this predicament, many organizations provide loans for students in NZ. This helps them borrow money at quite reasonable interest rates and dedicate time to their studies rather than slaving away for hours on end. 

Also, many universities are willing to offer scholarships to deserving students to get this dilemma sorted out. For example, there are approximately 180,000 university students in New Zealand. 

This article gives you a comprehensive list of the top universities in New Zealand.

  1. University of Auckland:

The University of Auckland was the best in New Zealand in 2021. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, it is ranked as the 137th university in the world. It is the country’s largest university with over 40,000 students. Their vision is to be an internationally renowned university for its contribution to fair, ethical, and sustainable societies. Moreover, they highly value respect and integrity, excellence, and service. 

  1. Auckland University of Technology:

Auckland University of Technology is ranked between 201st in the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It falls into the top 1% of universities across the world. Its enrollment is at 18,000+. If we had to decide which is superior, UOA or AUT, we conclude that they are both remarkable universities and should be given significance over each other based on the program or course you plan on pursuing. 

  1. Lincoln University:

Lincoln University is ranked 501st according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Lincoln University offers an array of very attractive programs. These programs range from Fintech and Investment Management to Brewing and Fermentation. Being one of the best universities in New Zealand makes the educational experience so much more than classroom learning. It hosts and participates in various inter-university competitions like the 3MT and various sports competitions.  

  1. University of Otago:

According to the QS World University Rankings, the University of Otago is ranked in the top 1% of universities of the world. It is ranked at 201st according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. With the total number of students almost touching 19000, it offers a plethora of courses to its students. These include Agricultural Sciences, Immunology, Arts and Humanities, Chemistry, Neuroscience and Behaviour, Public Health, and so many more. 95% of the graduates of Otago go directly into work or further studies and are famous for possessing interpersonal skills, conceptual skills, and effective independent judgment.

  1. Victoria University of Wellington:

Victoria University of Wellington is ranked 3rd in New Zealand and 223rd globally. It has the highest percentage of international faculty members and is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious universities, with a proud association with academic excellence. It has three campuses across the capital city with eight faculties, including education, humanities and social sciences, law, engineering, etc. They provide a great experience of learning and inclusivity to the students who are both native and international. 

  1. University of Canterbury:

The University of Canterbury, located in Christchurch on the South Island, has been ranked as the 387th best university globally. It has a rich history and was established in 1873. Its student population, as of now, is 18,000. It provides a foundation of outstanding education and an all-inclusive learning experience. It offers the students a world-class faculty, modes, and mentors for research and development and vibrant campuses. 

  1. Massey University:

According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Massey University is ranked as the 601st university globally. It is based in Palmerston North and has an enrollment of about 20,000. It offers courses in various disciplines like food technology and agricultural sciences, social sciences and public health, economics and business, etc. Massey University’s schooling and research departments are divided into five different colleges and offers courses in 40 academic subject areas. Most of its research is carried out for economic prosperity and social wellbeing.  

  1. University of Waikato:

According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the University of Waikato is ranked 401st globally and has an approximate enrollment of 10,600. Established in 1964, its main campus is in Hamilton, New Zealand. Its academic departments are grouped into faculties, divisions, and schools. The five main groupings at the university are as follows:

  • Waikato Management School
  • Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences
  • Division of Education
  • Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science
  • Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao – Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies

With the knowledge of the best universities in New Zealand to choose from, you are on your way to a successful career. You can contact a career counselor or consultant for more guidance and the process of enrollment and admission to one of these prestigious universities.