For the first time, three New Zealand nursing schools have made the top 100 in a global university ranking survey.

Now in its eighth year, the annual QS World University Rankings rank 1,130 institutions across 48 subjects by comparing academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations and impact. Nursing was added to the survey for the first time in 2016 when British-based company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) analysed nearly 250,000 nursing research papers, leading to it considering 848 institutions and narrowing it down to 396 university nursing schools for the first ranking.

The highest-ranked New Zealand university school this year is the University of Auckland at 41st-equal with Queensland’s Griffith University (up from 50th last year) and for the first time the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and University of Otago nursing schools have both made the top 100. Massey University’s nursing school dropped out of the top 100 for the first time after making the top 100 for the previous two years. (The rankings for the schools placed between 50-100 or beyond 100 are not provided on QS’s website.)

One school in Australasia made the world top 10 – the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) was ranked seventh. Overall 15 Australian nursing schools made the top 100 globally.

First once again is the University of Pennsylvania, home to one of nursing’s most high-profile researchers Professor Linda Aiken. Second this year is the University of Toronto, with John Hopkins University falling to third. The top 10 schools included three English schools, four American schools, UTS from Australia, Canada’s University of Toronto and for the first time the National University of Singapore made the top 10, filling the tenth spot.

The full QS rankings for the top university nursing schools can be viewed here.



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