Victoria at a glance

Key facts about Victoria’s performance on the national and world stage.


Victoria is New Zealand’s top ranked university for research quality (2012 Performance-Based Research Fund).

More than 1,390 publications resulting from our researchers’ work were published in 2015.

Global rankings

Victoria consistently ranks among the world’s best universities. In 2016, Victoria ranked 228 in the QS World University Rankings.

QS Stars badge - rated for excellence in 2017

QS Stars top universities

Victoria has five stars overall in the QS Stars rating of excellence and five stars in each of the eight categories—arts and culture, discipline ranking and accreditations, employability, facilities, inclusiveness, internationalisation, research, and teaching.

At the top

Overall, Victoria is in the top 2 percent of the world’s 16,000 universities.

In fifteen subject areas, we are among the top 1 percent of the world’s universities (2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject).

Victoria is ranked 50th in the world in Social Policy and Administration and in the top 100 universities in the world in nine other subjects:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Development Studies
  • Education
  • English Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Psychology

Triple crown

Victoria Business School is one of an elite group of commerce faculties worldwide that hold the Triple Crown of international accreditations of EQUIS, AACSB (Business) and AMBA.

Our students

Victoria University has around 21,000 students, including over 3,000 international students from more than 100 countries. In 2015, Victoria awarded 5,652 qualifications at graduation ceremonies.

Staff, schools and faculties

Victoria has around 2,500 full-time equivalent staff and nearly 1,000 of those are involved in teaching and research. About half our academic staff were born outside New Zealand.

We have nine faculties, seven of which conduct teaching and research—each faculty is divided into schools.

Campuses and research institutes

Victoria has three main campuses in Wellington. We also have premises in Auckland and we teach a joint programme from premises at a partner university in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.

In addition to the main campuses, we have a number of research centres and institutes.

Globally connected, nationally engaged

Victoria is committed to a range of international initiatives and connections—many of these through our global programmes and partners.

As a capital city university, we have strong national engagement with the Government, the business sector, the community and other academic institutions throughout New Zealand.

Areas of distinctiveness

Victoria’s Strategic Plan outlines eight areas in which the University has distinctive capability. These areas of strength are multidisciplinary and draw upon Victoria’s position as New Zealand’s globally ranked capital city university.