New Zealand, a beautifu country with 5 million population, has a distinct culture and a history of colonialism. The native Maori people have a strong influence on the culture which can be seen from the war dance “haka” at the start of rugby games in New Zealand.
Having strong relationship with the United Kingdom, New Zealand’s major language is English and it is also the official language of all educational institutions. Also being a member of the Commonwealth states, New Zealand actively contributes to make the world a better place.
In the last decade, the education quality of New Zealand has impressed the world and Universities in Auckland and other cities of New Zealand have grabbed attention of a large number of students from around the world. The major cities with great educational institutes are Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.
For students who are planning for higher education here are the top universities of New Zealand.
1. University of Auckland
The University of Auckland is the most prestigious, largest and top university in New Zealand which was established in 1883. The most amazing fact about this university is that it has more than 25% international students which indicates that it is one of the most credible institutes in the world.
However, since 2016, this university requires all international students to complete certain English Language course before getting enrolled for undergraduate programmes.
A team of Siouxsie Wiles discovered a method of fighting antibiotic resistance at the University of Auckland. Vincent Cheng, the Chairman of HSBC, also graduated from this university. Helen Clark, the 37th Prime MInister of the country is also an alumnus of this university.
2. University of Otago
The University of Otago, which has one of the most beautiful university campuses throughout the world, is the second best educational institute in New Zealand. It’s tempting Scottish architecture and lush grounds grab attention of the students in the first sight.
Founded in 1969, The University of Otago is located at the South Island along side the southeast coast in Otago. This institute holds a prestigious position as it is the oldest university in New Zealand and its quality of education is amazing.
The University of Otago is famous for its research oriented atmosphere especially in different undergraduate progreammes of health sciences. Otago also has two other health science institutes in Wellington and Christchurch.
This university has exchange partnerships of students with more than 90 university campuses in different parts of the world. Since 1904, the University of Otago awards Rhodes Scholarships to different selected graduates of New Zealand.
3. Auckland University of Technology
The Auckland University of Technology, was a technical college and was granted the status of a university on 1st of January, 2000. This is one of the most decorated and advanced educational institute for students who want to make a name in the field of technology.
It has three campuses inlcuding North, South and City campus. The city campus is located in cental Auckland and is the largest of all three campuses. A shuttle bus transports students to the North and South campuses.
The Auckland University of Technology, through its student association, produces a student magazine fortnightly and its name is Debate.
For students who want to excel in the field of technology, this university should be their best choice in New Zealand.