The latest international subject rankings confirm Victoria University of Wellington as New Zealand’s globally ranked capital city university, and show a clear gap opening up between the top three universities in New Zealand and the other five universities.
The results for Victoria Business School, which offers two subjects ranked in the top 40 in these rankings, illustrate its quality and excellence.
Hospitality & Leisure Management, part of Tourism Management, is ranked 28 in the world, and Library Management, which sits within the Information Studies programme, is ranked at 40.
Victoria is the only New Zealand university to have been awarded the Tourism Education Quality (TedQual) certification by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, and its ranking at 28 in the world shows its leadership in this diverse and growing industry.
Staff in the School of Management are delighted by the recognition, and Professor of Tourism Management Karen Smith commented that this comes on top of the recent TedQual re-accreditation of their programmes.
"Staff and students will continue to work closely with tourism industry professionals in New Zealand and internationally to address the challenges and opportunities tourism growth presents."
The ranking of 40 for Library Management, which is the first time it has been included, demonstrates excellence in a specialist field of growing importance in a world driven by big data, and School of Information Management staff who teach in the programme are pleased to be acknowledged.
Programme Director Jennifer Campbell-Meier says Information Studies courses are taught by research active staff from a range of countries, who engage with the professional community. They look forward to continued success, providing flexible education opportunities for students in a rapidly evolving information environments.
Dean of Commerce at Victoria Business School Professor Ian O. Williamson congratulated staff in both schools for this fantastic result.
"We are the only university in New Zealand to have been awarded the TedQual certification, and to now be placed 28th in the world for QS Rankings again exemplifies that the Tourism Management Group are important leaders in this field."
"Information Studies' 40th placing demonstrates our strength in this area, and the increasing importance across a range of industries in understanding and managing information."
Professor of Library and Information Management Anne Goulding also noted that "the high Employer Reputation indicator score demonstrates that our graduates add value to a variety of information workplaces in New Zealand".
Overall results for Victoria
The results from QS World University Rankings have Victoria ranked in the top 40 of the world’s 18,000 universities in the world for three subjects, including Law, 60 in the world for arts and humanities and 83= in the world for social sciences and management.
The results also confirm that Auckland, Otago and Victoria universities are leaders in the university sector in terms of the number of internationally ranked subjects they offer.
Victoria University has significantly increased its number of internationally ranked subjects to 31, marginally behind the University of Otago on 33 and the University of Auckland on 40. The other New Zealand universities have from between two to 22 internationally ranked subjects.
The results for Victoria show that the University is among the top 1% of universities in the world for 17 subjects and in the top 2% of universities overall. There are more than 18,000 universities worldwide and the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject rank the top institutions.
Victoria’s ranking at 38 in the world for Law, up from 46 in 2017, reflects the University’s strength in this area. Victoria’s Law School is home to outstanding legal scholarship across a broad range of areas. Students learn from teachers who are actively engaged in world-leading research and enjoy access to an international network, including visits from some of the world’s most high-profile legal minds.
The latest QS rankings also illustrate Victoria’s consistently strong results in arts, humanities and social sciences.
In addition to the overall results for arts and humanities and social sciences (60 and 83= respectively), five of the individual subjects in the top 100 band are within these areas—Archaeology, English, History, Linguistics and Performing Arts.
Victoria has a robust commitment to the humanities and social sciences; these disciplines are crucial to the University’s vision of cultivating global citizens capable of critical and creative thinking.
Outstanding results were also achieved in subjects taught in the Faculty of Science—Psychology, Earth Sciences, Geography and Development Studies were all placed in the top 100.
An additional seven subjects at Victoria are ranked in the top 150 in the world. They are Architecture, Accounting & Finance, Business, Communication, Education, Politics and Sociology.
“These results are further evidence of Victoria’s standing as an internationally respected and globally ranked capital city university,” says Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford.