- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 6 September 2016, 9:27AM
QS World University Rankings are in, and New Zealand's eight universities remain in the top 3 per cent globally.
Despite competition internationally, six of the eight universities improved their rankings and two largely held their places.
This year the University of Auckland defended its position as New Zealand's top ranked university, standing at 81 internationally.
Otago University rose four places to 169, closely followed by Canterbury and Victoria at 214 and 228th place.
Waikato moved up 77 places to rank 324, and Lincoln is up 68 places to 343.
The Auckland University of Technology also made significant gains - up 60 places to move into the top 450.
The QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings assess universities across research, resourcing, graduate employability and internationalisation.
Chris Whelan, the executive director of Universities New Zealand, said the rankings are an extraordinary result and "something that New Zealanders should be proud of".