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The best universities in New Zealand

There are eight universities in New Zealand, all of which feature in the QS World University Rankings 2014/15 – not at all bad considering the country's population is only around 4 million.

In addition, New Zealand's higher education system also includes 20 institutes of technology and polytechnics, which offer vocational courses of varying lengths and levels.

Read more about the top five universities in New Zealand:

University of Auckland

The University of Aucklandis New Zealand’s largest and highest ranked university. Currently it ranks at 92nd in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings 2014/15. Established back in 1883, it was a constituent college of the University of New Zealand before it dissolved in 1961. The university is made up of eight faculties and six campuses, and currently has more than 40,000 students. It’s situated in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, which makes it an even more attractive choice for numerous students from around the globe.

University of Otago

New Zealand’s oldest higher education institution, the University of Otago, was established in 1869. It is New Zealand’s second entry in the QS World University Rankings 2014/15, ranked 159th in the world. The university, whose memorable motto is “Dare to be wise”, currently teaches more than 20,000 students in its four divisions (faculties), which cover humanities, sciences, health sciences and business. It is situated in Dunedin, which is the second largest city on the South Island.

University of Canterbury

Also located on the South Island, but in its largest city of Christchurch, the University of Canterbury is New Zealand’s third highest ranked university at 242nd in the world. It was founded in 1873, which makes it the second-oldest higher education institution in the country. About 15,000 students are enrolled here, with courses offered in subjects including arts, commerce, engineering, fine arts, forestry, health sciences, law, music, social work, speech and language pathology, science, sports coaching and teaching.

Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellingtonis New Zealand’s fourth entrant in the QS World University Rankings, at 275th as of the 2014/15 edition. It was established in 1897 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, and became an independent institution in 1961. The university is home to more than 20,000 students in its nine faculties. It is well known for its programs in law, the humanities and some scientific disciplines, but it offers a wide range of other courses as well.

Massey University

Established in 1927, Massey University is one of the younger universities in New Zealand, but has rapidly grown to become one of the country’s largest. It has approximately 35,000 students enrolled, of which just under half are studying via distance learning. Those studying on-campus are spread across the North Island at the university’s three main campuses, in Albany (just outside Auckland), Wellington and Palmerston North. Massey University is ranked 346th in the QS World University Rankings 2014/15.

The other three universities in New Zealand, the University of Waikato, Lincoln University and Auckland University of Technology , are all ranked among the world’s top 550 institutions, in the QS World University Rankings 2014/15.

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