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Top universities in New Zealand

Are you thinking about New Zealand for your study destination? The thought is quite valid as the country is home to 8 universities of the highest quality that has been delivering world-class degrees to students all around the world. With such high-quality education, another reason to stick to your decision clearly remains to be the natural beauty of this island nation. The diverse community, irresistible scenery, and an unbeatable range of outdoor pursuits that within a relatively compact area is just the plus points for most of the international student to choose this country. An individual holding a passion for exploring nature can encounter glaciers, mountains, rainforest, and plenty of coastline proving to be a heaven.

For those who are searching for the options of universities to study in New Zealand, here is a list of best universities in the country.

University of Auckland

The largest and highest-ranked university of Auckland holds the rand of 85th in the QS World University Ranking 2019. Established back in 1883, it was a constituent college of the University of New Zealand before the latter dissolved in 1961. Currently holding 40,000 students from all around the world, this university consists of eight faculties and six campuses. As this university is located in the largest city of New Zealand, international students find it an even more attractive and interesting choice.

University of Waikato

Located in the cities of Hamilton and Tauranga on the North of the island, the University of Waikato is one of the youngest top universities in New Zealand. In 2019, this university was ranked in the 274th position and currently holds 12,300 students. Established in 1964, the university has also managed to be in top 350 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 for nine subjects.

Victoria University of Wellington

 Victoria University of Wellington was established in 1897 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand and became an independent institution in 1961. The nation’s third entrant in the QS World University Rankings 2019, Victoria University of Wellington is ranked joint 221st globally. 22,000 students are currently under this university in its diverse nine faculties. The university is popular for programs in law, the humanities, and some scientific disciplines, and offers a wide range of other courses as well.

University of Otago

Established in 1869, the University of Otago is the nation’s oldest higher education institution. It is New Zealand’s second entry in the QS World University Rankings 2019, ranked joint 175th in the world. With a motto of ‘Dare to be wise’, this university currently holds around 20,800 students in its four faculties (humanities, sciences, health sciences, and business). It is situated in Dunedin, which is the second-largest city on the South Island.

University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury is located on the South Island, in the island’s largest city of Christchurch. Holding the fourth-best university in New Zealand, it is also ranked joint 231st in the world. It the second-oldest higher education institution in the country which was founded in 1873. Around 15,000 students from all around the globe are enrolled, with courses offered in subjects including arts, commerce, engineering, fine arts, forestry, health sciences, law, music, social work, speech and language pathology, science, sports coaching, and teaching.

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