It has been earlier said that New Zealand boasts of 8 universities. Five of these universities are ranked among the best 250 universities in the world by QS World University Rankings 2016/2017.
- University of Auckland: The University of Auckland is the best and largest university in New Zealand. It stands at the 81st position among global universities. Apart from being the largest and the best, the university is situated in the country’s largest city.
- University of Otago: This is the oldest higher institution in New Zealand. It is ranked 169th according to the global ranking system. Its over 20,000 students are spread among four faculties which are sciences, business, health sciences, and humanities.
- University of Canterbury: The third highest ranked university in New Zealand is ranked at 214th in the world. It was established in 1873, making it the second oldest in the country. The university has over 15,000 students that are enrolled in more than a dozen courses including engineering, law, and science, among others.
- Victoria University of Wellington: This is the fourth university ranked by the QS World University Rankings 2016/2017. It is in joint 228th position on the list. The university was originally established as an extension of the University of New Zealand before it gained autonomy in 1961. Victoria University of Wellington has nine different faculties catering to the needs of over 21,000 students. Some of the courses in this university are law, science-related courses, and humanities.
- University of Waikato: Sitting at number 324 on the list, the university replaced Massey University as the fifth best university in the country. Although relatively young, this university that was established in 1964 is located in the northern part of New Zealand. Among many of its exploits, the university is ranked high in 12 different subjects among the top 250 QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.