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Massey, Lincoln rise in global varsity rankings

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Universities score well in new and established indicators
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Massey University has risen more than 50 places in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds world university rankings, and Lincoln University has lifted its global ranking for the third year running.

Massey is  now ranked equal 239th in the world and third in New Zealand, up from 292nd and fifth respectively.  The university’s academic reputation has also climbed to 286th. 

This is the fifth consecutive year that Massey has been ranked in the top 300 for both the overall and academic reputation rankings.

Lincoln moved up six places in the latest rankings, to take 362nd spot. It placed 62nd globally in the International Faculty Ratio, signalling its strong international appeal to academic staff.

It is the third consecutive year Lincoln has lifted its global ranking. 

Massey has also done well in the three new indicators introduced by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) this year –  sustainability, international research network and employment outcomes. 

For sustainability, the university ranked equal 58th and was ranked first in New Zealand and 215th globally for the new international research network indicator. Massey also received a ranking of 157th for graduate employment outcomes.

Lincoln was placed 241st in the employment outcomes indicator and 379th for sustainability. It has the highest student employment rate in NZ, with 84%.

Massey Provost Professor Giselle Byrnes said Massey has performed extremely well in the three new indicators.

“The focus of these on sustainability, employment outcomes and international research collaborations strongly aligns with our university strategy and our natural strengths as a globally connected, research-intensive university.”

Massey launched Australasia’s first Master’s in Sustainable Development Goals in 2020 and will be launching a new specialisation in climate action in 2024. This year, the university became an Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Green Impact member, with staff across all three campuses taking part. Green Impact is a change and learning programme designed for university staff and students to help tackle everyday sustainability issues.

Lincoln Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Edwards said Lincoln University’s improved overall performance is very encouraging.

“The last two years have been years of significant growth for Lincoln University – in student head count, in our reputation as a specialist university focused on the land-based sector, and in the impact of our world-class education and research. It is pleasing to see this growth reflected in our world rankings.”

For this ranking round, QS considered 2963 universities, which was 501 more than last year. Indicators assessed included academic and employer reputation, citations, international faculty and students, and the three new indicators. 

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