Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


New Zealand Universities Tumble Down World Rankings

New Zealand Universities Tumble Down World Rankings

2 October 2014

New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations

The Times Higher Education rankings released today show New Zealand universities are not keeping pace with the rest of the world. The fall in rankings can be attributed to inadequate funding compared to international best practice.

“If New Zealand wants to retain its place on the world stage as a viable destination for export education, this Government needs to make a serious funding commitment,” said New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations President Daniel Haines.

“The methodology for the Times Higher Education rankings measures performance indictors in five key categories: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook. These objective measurements look at hard indicators like student to staff ratio which are heralded as a means of determining quality. All students in New Zealand have a right to high quality education,” said Haines.

The Minister for Tertiary Education Steven Joyce has the goal of doubling international students studying in New Zealand by 2025, to achieve this goal he needs to ensure that our universities remain internationally competitive. “Without good levels of investment we can’t hope to compete with the rest of the world," said Haines.

“Tuition fees paid for by international students are much higher than domestic students. International fees are not subject to the same controls as domestic fees and have increased much more quickly, effectively providing a subsidy for domestic students. As our universities plummet in world rankings New Zealand will become less attractive for international students. By falling in the rankings we risk losing the subsidy provided by international student fees.

“Attracting international students is just a band aid on the real problem of underinvestment. The total appropriation in Vote Tertiary Education announced in the 2014 showed a 0.4% increase, with most new initiatives funded from reallocations of funding rather than new money.

“This is an issue that affects current students and graduates, who trade off the currency of their qualification for the rest of their lives. All graduates have a long term interest in ensuring that their degree remains internationally recognised.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Ten x Ten - One Hundred of Te Papa's Best-Loved Art Works

An idiosyncratic selection by ten art curators, each of whom have chosen ten of their favourite works. Handsomely illustrated, their choices are accompanied by full-page colour prints and brief descriptions of the work, explaining in straightforward and approachable language why it is of historical, cultural, or personal significance. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Portacom City - Reporting On Canterbury Earthquakes

In Portacom City Paul Gorman describes his own deeply personal story of working as a journalist during the quakes, while also speaking more broadly about the challenges that confront reporters at times of crisis. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Christopher Pugsley’s The Camera in the Crowd - Filming in New Zealand Peace and War 1895-1920

Pugsley brings to life 25 exhilarating years of film making and picture screening in a sumptuously illustrated hardback published by Oratia that tells the story through surviving footage unearthed from the national film archives. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland