The University of Auckland (Waipapa Taumata Rau) is Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest and leading university. The name Waipapa Taumata Rau, gifted to the University by local Māori iwi (tribe) Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, refers to the ‘place of many peaks’ – places to strive for, ascend to and succeed.
Situated in New Zealand’s most diverse city and home to 44,000 students, the University of Auckland has gained a reputation as a world-leading education provider. We are the only New Zealand university ranked in the Top 100 of the QS World University Rankings.
Our award-winning teachers are committed to helping students get the most out of their studies and achieve their goals. With strengths in a wide range of disciplines, and a commitment to the research collaboration and impact that this breadth enables, the University offers the highest quality of education. In the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject, we ranked in the top 100 for 30 of our subjects, with 10 subjects ranked in the top 50.
We are committed to sustainable, fair and equitable societies, innovation-led economies, and to meeting the needs of students of all socio-economic backgrounds. The University ranked No. 1 for two consecutive years (2019, 2020) in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings by acknowledging progress made towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and remains in the top 10 for 2021.
Much of the University’s special character is conferred by our place in the Pacific and by acknowledging the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi. Our international students come from more than 120 different countries and make up almost half of our doctoral candidates. The University has a wide network of global partnerships and formal agreements with more than 300 universities, reflecting our commitment to international research and scholarship.
As the only New Zealand member of U21, the University of Auckland takes an active role in the strategic development of the network and is committed to cementing the network as the benchmark for international alliances.