- Publish Date
- Thursday, 8 June 2017, 8:51AM
Time to get them bragging rights going smarty pants, New Zealand's top universities have been revealed and there's a big mover and shaker in pack.
New Zealand universities are climbing up the world rankings as academics focus more on world-leading research.
Five of the country's eight universities have risen in the latest QS rankings. Waikato University is the stand-out success, leaping more than 100 places in three years to 292nd place - in the top 1.1 percent of the world's 26,000 universities.
The only local university that dropped this year is the University of Auckland, but it has slipped only one place and at 82nd in the world, it is still New Zealand's leading university.
New Zealand's top universities rank as such:
1. University of Auckland
2. University of Otago
3. University of Canterbury
4. Victoria University of Wellington
5. University of Waikato
6. Massey University of New Zealand
7. Lincoln University
8. Auckland University of Technology