Massey Agriculture climbs world rankings

Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas

Massey University is delighted to have its world-class reputation reinforced by the latest QS World University subject rankings, Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas says.

In this year’s edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject Area, Massey’s ranking for agriculture climbed five positions to be 22nd in the world. Veterinary science confirmed its world standing at 23rd place and two other subject areas, arts and design and development studies, were ranked in the top 100.
"To be ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for any subject is a significant achievement; to have four subject areas ranked is outstanding," Professor Thomas says. "This confirms our pursuit of excellence in teaching excellence and world-class research outputs.  

Massey had a total of 21 subjects ranked, including architecture, arts and design, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, agriculture, biology, psychology, veterinary science, chemistry, environmental sciences, mathematics, physics, accounting and finance, business, development studies, education, economics, law, sociology and statistics.

Nine subjects improved positions compared to last year, with all other subjects ranked remaining in last year’s bands. Professor Thomas says this was particularly pleasing. “It speaks to the broader capability development we are putting in place as a University.”

Massey also ranked in all QS Faculty areas, which include arts and humanities, engineering and technology, life science and medicine, natural sciences and social sciences and management. All faculty areas had either maintained their positions or improved, with social sciences and management increasing 50 positions to be 175th in the world.

It is one of three New Zealand universities with a QS ranking of five-plus stars. To achieve a five star-plus status, universities need to have an overall five star rating along as well as five-star status in every category in which they are assessed.


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