Civil Engineering leads the way in QS Rankings

24 March 2017

The Faculty of Engineering has again solidified its position as the highest ranked engineering faculty in New Zealand with the release of the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

The Faculty of Engineering was ranked first in New Zealand for Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Civil and Structural Engineering.

The Department of Civil Engineering was also ranked #38 worldwide, an increase of three places from last year’s rankings.

Dean of Engineering Professor Nic Smith says that New Zealand is becoming increasing reliant on resilient and state of the art civil engineering.

“It is gratifying that we have been recognised as being at the forefront of universities internationally”.

Head of Department Professor Pierre Quenneville comments that he QS ranking of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is a reflection of the staff’s ongoing commitment to excellence in research, teaching and engagement with the engineering community in New Zealand and abroad.

“In collaboration with our PhD students, the staff are tackling civil engineering problems and supported with new laboratory facilities, are able to deliver practical solutions that are implemented within the construction industry. This is reflected in earthquake engineering with a strong presence in the QuakeCore research program, in disaster resilience within the National Science Challenge 10 “Resilience” and in infrastructure research in the National Science Challenge 11 “Building Better Homes”, to name a few of the initiatives.

"This knowledge creation through the research efforts is being communicated to our undergraduate cohort through a passionate delivery of lectures and undergraduate student supervision. The quality of our graduates is being recognised and we pride ourselves in supporting the NZ construction industry through the education of the next generation of civil engineers”.

The QS subject rankings analyse the performance of the world’s leading universities for the study of 46 different subjects. Its activities span across 50 countries, working with over 2,000 international universities and business schools. They rank universities worldwide based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and research citations, with weightings tailored to each subject.

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