Five NZ unis make global top 500
Last updated 10:56 12/11/2009

New Zealand has had five of its eight universities listed in this year's influential Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The ranking, which put Auckland, Otago, Massey, Canterbury and Victoria in the top 500, was considered an important factor in the global battle to attract international students.

"No other country has 63 percent of its universities included on that list," said Robert Stevens, chief executive of Education New Zealand, the industry body for export education.

"We are absolutely leading the pack."

In another international ranking published in London's Times Higher Education supplement last month, Auckland was the only New Zealand university to feature in the top 100.

It came in at 61st-equal, up from 65th place last year.

In the ranking list released today, Auckland and Otago were ranked between 201 and 302, and Massey, Canterbury and Victoria between 402 and 501.

The United States dominated the top 100, but had only 8 percent of its universities make the top 500.

US universities took the top three rankings, with Harvard ranked top, ahead of Stanford, University of California, Berkeley, and Cambridge University, in England.

The ranking was released by the Centre for World Class Universities at China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

It took into account a number of factors including the quality of research papers produced and the standing of academic staff.

From here.