At a glance

Key facts about the University's performance on the national and world stage.


Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand’s top ranked university for intensity of high-quality research (2018 Performance-Based Research Fund). It is the only university to twice top the country's main measure of research excellence.

More than 2,534 publications resulting from our researchers’ work were published in 2018.

Global rankings

Victoria University of Wellington consistently ranks among the world’s 18,000 universities. In 2019, the University ranked 215 in the QS World University Rankings.

Rating of excellence

Victoria University of Wellington is one of only 12 universities in the world to hold the maximum 5 Stars Plus in the QS Stars rating of excellence and five stars in each of eight categories—arts and culture, discipline ranking and accreditations, employability, facilities, inclusiveness, internationalisation, research, and teaching.

At the top

Overall, Victoria University of Wellington is in the top 2 percent of the world’s 18,000 universities.

In 19 subject areas, we are among the top 1 percent of the world’s universities (2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject).

We have two subjects ranked in the top 50 in the world, including Library and Information Management, which sits within the Information Studies programme at Wellington School of Business and Government. The subject is ranked 24 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, up from 40 in 2018.

We are ranked in the top 100 universities in 13 subjects in total:

  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Earth and Marine Sciences
  • English Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Law
  • Library and Information Management
  • Linguistics
  • Mineral and Mining Engineering
  • Performing Arts
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies (called Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies in the QS rankings)

Triple crown

Wellington School of Business and Government is one of an elite group of commerce faculties worldwide that hold the Triple Crown of international accreditations of EQUIS, AACSB (Business) and AMBA.

Our students

Victoria University of Wellington has over 22,000 students, including over 3,700 international students from more than 110 countries. In 2018, we awarded 4,868 qualifications at graduation ceremonies.

Staff, schools and faculties

The University has over 2,300 full-time equivalent staff and over 1,000 of those are involved in teaching and research. About half our academic staff were born outside New Zealand.

We have 10 faculties, eight of which conduct teaching and research—each faculty is divided into schools.

Campuses and research institutes

Victoria University of Wellington has three main campuses and the Miramar Creative Centre in Wellington. We also have premises in Auckland and we teach a joint programme from premises at a partner university in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.

In addition to the main campuses, we have a number of research centres and institutes.

Globally connected, nationally engaged

Victoria University of Wellington is a capital city university with strong global engagement. We work in partnership with universities and organisations around the world for the benefit of students, researchers, and communities.