Top 100 ranking for Faculty of Education
In the recently released Times Higher Education rankings, Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Education ranks in the world’s top 100 faculties of its kind.
Education is a new subject area within the Times Higher Education ranking system, introduced in 2017, and this early top 100 ranking is a notable achievement.
The result reflects the research and teaching strengths of the Faculty, which offers undergraduate teacher education spanning the early childhood, primary and secondary sectors as well as advanced postgraduate professional programmes for those with teaching or other education-related experience.
Professor Stephen Dobson, Dean of the Faculty of Education, believes the broad reach of the Faculty has supported this result. “Through our undergraduate and graduate programmes, we intentionally foster critical and creative thinking within the education sector and within society, and we prepare students for a wide range of careers, including teaching, educational psychology and government policy analysis. In addition, we have developed a range of specialisms at postgraduate level and our students can explore topics as diverse as educational leadership, autism and developmental disabilities, or the promotion of wellbeing in children and young people.”
Within the overall Times Higher Education rankings, New Zealand universities continue to rank in the top 3% of universities worldwide.
Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University Professor Grant Guilford says international ranking systems although methodologically fraught, are important for a university’s international standing. International academics looking for jobs, and international students looking for a university to study at place a strong emphasis on them.