The University of Auckland was formally opened on 23 May 1883 as Auckland University College, part of the University of New Zealand. A disused courthouse and jail served as premises for the 95 students and four teaching staff.
The roll increased slowly but steadily during the remainder of the 19th century; by 1901 it had risen to 156 students. Most students were enrolled part-time, training as teachers or law clerks, although after 1905 the number of commerce students rose markedly.
During this time, the University focused on teaching: research was not expected, and was rarely performed by teaching staff. Nevertheless, some students carried out impressive early research, most notably in chemistry.
Today, the University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand, hosting over 40,000 students on five Auckland campuses.
They opened the Newmarket Campus in May 2015, featuring extensively refurbished buildings and a new large-scale structures hall for the Faculty of Engineering, with space for some Faculty of Science activities.
The $200 million investment in the new Science tower on the corner of Symonds and Wellesley Streets allows them to begin co-locating the Schools of Environment and Psychology with most of the other schools in the Faculty of Science.
The University Council approved the business case for a new $250 million Faculty of Engineering building on the City Campus to be completed in 2019. This will allow them to accommodate the very rapid growth in the faculty in line with national priorities and government investment.
Given their objective of attracting students of high academic potential from throughout New Zealand and around the world, they have continued to invest heavily in student accommodation. they opened the 264-bed apartment-style Carlaw Park stage II development and completed a new block of 343 studio apartments in Symonds Street. Both of these are public-private partnerships.
They took ownership of the long-established Grafton Hall in a generous arrangement with the Presbyterian Methodist Congregational Foundation. This saw the $8.4m net proceeds of the sale of surrounding properties owned by the Foundation returned to University students through an endowed scholarships programme.
Most recently, they launched ‘For all our futures’, a campaign to provide the funding and support we need to have a lasting impact on the challenges and opportunities we all face in a complex and rapidly changing world.
The University of Auckland is the highest ranked New Zealand university in the main world university rankings.
First in New Zealand for Graduate Employability
The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university for Graduate Employability. The University has been ranked #1 in New Zealand and #71 worldwide in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019. In the Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking 2017, the University was placed amongst the 150 best universities worldwide for delivering work-ready graduates (#146). The University is the only New Zealand university ranked in the top 150.
Top 100 in QS World University Rankings
The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university in the QS World University Rankings 2019. Placed #85 in the world, the University is the only New Zealand university in the top 100. The University of Auckland is also the highest ranked university in New Zealand for its global reputation amongst both academics and employers. Worldwide, the University ranks #60 for Academic and #129 for Employer Reputation.
Top rankings in QS Subject Rankings 2018
In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018, the University of Auckland is among the top 50 universities worldwide for 18 of our subjects on offer. Three subjects are placed in the world’s top 20 with Archaeology ranking #10, Education #17 and Anatomy #18 in the world.Our 18 subjects placed in the world’s top 50 are:
Source: University Subject Rankings 2018, University of Auckland.
QS 5+ Stars rating
In the QS Stars Rating, the University of Auckland is rated as a Five Stars Plus institution for excellence in the categories: Research, Employability, Teaching, Facilities, Internationalisation, Innovation and Inclusiveness.
Top 250 in Times Higher Education Rankings
The University of Auckland also ranks in the world’s top 250 in the 2019 Times Higher Education World Rankings.
Most innovative university in New Zealand
In the Reuters' ranking of Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities – 2018, the University of Auckland has once again been ranked as the most innovative university in New Zealand. The University placed #39 overall, with no other New Zealand university ranked in the top 75. The University of Auckland is also recognised by the MIT Skoltech Initiative as one of five emerging world-leading universities in entrepreneurship. The full report is available below.