Getting a degree from a top-ranked university is a smart choice. The stamp of approval is more than just a mark of distinction — it means students learn from the best, including award-winning teachers and researchers. Shaped by experienced academics, students become graduates who stand out, and are often paid a higher starting salary.
That’s why the University of Auckland is an excellent study choice. Founded in 1883, the University of Auckland has consistently been the highest-ranked institution in New Zealand and quickly risen through the ranks to become globally significant. At its core is a commitment to providing quality education for its students, making for an inspiring and dynamic university experience. The university is ranked first in New Zealand and 68th in the world for its ability to produce work-ready graduates, according to the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022.
The University of Auckland is proud to be the best, showcasing academic strength across all aspects. It is ranked 87th globally (QS World University Rankings 2023). Twelve of its subjects are ranked in the top 50, including accounting and finance, archaeology, education, engineering, linguistics, sports-related subjects and nursing (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022). It is also ranked sixth in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2022, placing within the top 20 for seven of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development individually.
All programmes at the University of Auckland are taught with rigour by experienced lecturers, allowing students to be the best they can be. Every student is given the chance to chase their interests and discover new ones along their educational journey across eight different faculties encompassing the arts, business, education, engineering, law, science and the medical sciences, among others.
As New Zealand’s largest research organisation, the university has 33% of the top-rated researchers in the whole country, according to the New Zealand government’s assessment of research output and quality, the Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF). This is where discoveries of new therapies for mothers and babies, medical breakthroughs on how to prevent fractures in older people, and more, are made.
Of course, no university experience is complete without a chance to become part of a community — and in this, the University of Auckland does not disappoint. Campus life is vibrant and welcoming. There are more than 200 clubs and societies to choose from — including Boating and Canoeing, the Debating Society, Video Gaming Club and Women in Engineering, among others.
Pathway to the University of Auckland and your dream career
Kyle from China loved his time at the University of Auckland. At 17, he sought to see the world. New Zealand stood out to him for its “multiculturalism, with so much to experience.” After earning a Foundation Studies Certificate at Taylors College, he pursued a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours and a Master of Engineering at the University of Auckland.
“The Foundation Studies Programme was the perfect next step following my education in China,” he says. “It prepared me to transition to a Bachelor of Engineering, through four specialist subjects — Physics, Calculus, Statistics and Chemistry. These helped me work towards a Chartership in Professional Engineering — something only achievable if you complete your degree at the University of Auckland or the University of Canterbury.”
Today, Kyle is a Graduate Civil Engineer at one of New Zealand’s biggest engineering companies, Aurecon, working on a three billion New Zealand dollars infrastructure project. “I’ve also just purchased my first property, and I’m only 27,” he says. “None of this would’ve been possible without my time at Taylors College, and for that I’m forever grateful.”
Studying at the university brings with it the opportunity to be part of a university that holds cultural significance as well. Auckland has a rich cultural history, and the University of Auckland reflects that. In 2021, it was granted a Te Reo Māori name: Waipapa Taumata Rau. This represents its ongoing partnership with local iwi and champions building respect for Māori knowledge — a reminder that it is part of a historical community with its own traditions, customs, and practices that have shaped New Zealand into what it has become today.
If you would like to study at the University of Auckland but don’t qualify for direct entry, then Taylors College is the perfect pathway. The Foundation Studies Certificate will equip you with the academic and English skills to set you up for success for your undergraduate studies. In fact, 92% of students who start at Taylors College succeed in their university studies. So if you are an international student looking for a superior educational experience — academically, culturally, and socially, then look no further than Taylors College and the University of Auckland and prepare for your future career.
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