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Massey jumps into top 300 internationally

Professor Jan Thomas 

Professor Giselle Byrnes

Massey University has climbed up the rankings in the latest QS World University Rankings published today.

The University is placed at 287-equal – up 45 places from 332-equal last year, making Massey the most improved New Zealand university and returning it to the top 300 for the first time in a decade.

The results puts Massey in elite company, among the top 2 per cent of universities in the world, according to QS, which ranks what it regards as the top 1001 universities each year.

Massey Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jan Thomas says this is a tremendous effort by our staff and reflects the work we all have invested over the years across many different parts of our University. “We’ve been ranked against our peers and improved our position by nearly 50 places. It reflects improved reputation with peers, with stakeholders and the employers of our graduates. It reflects the quality of research we are producing and our research productivity. It also reflects the diversity brought by our international students and staff.”

QS ranks universities worldwide based on six indicators – academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations, staff-student ratios, international student ratio and international staff ratio.

Massey Provost Professor Giselle Byrnes says Massey improved across virtually all indicators. “This is an impressive achievement by any standard. We have set our sights on improving our ranking standing from the mid 350 band to a 200-250 band. At 287 this year, we have made significant progress towards achieving our goal.”

In the assessment of the Performance-Based Research Fund’s 2018 Quality Evaluation, the Government’s national rating’s system, earlier this year, Massey saw a 40 per cent increase in the number of highest-rated academics.

In April, Massey was also ranked 38 in the world in the inaugural Times Higher Education Impact Rankings which measure the extent to which universities are working towards fulfilling the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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