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The University originally known as Victoria College, was founded in 1897, the year of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

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 2,178 publications resulting from our researchers’ work were published in 2018.

Global rankings

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington consistently ranks among the top 225 of the world’s 18,000 universities in the QS World University Rankings.

Rating of excellence

Victoria University of Wellington is one of only 14 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 (2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject). We have two subjects ranked in the top 50 in the world, including Library and Information Management and Hospitality and Leisure Management. Both subjects sit within the Wellington School of Business and Government. Library and Information Management is ranked 20 in the world and Hospitality and Leisure Management is ranked 50 in the world.

We are ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for 12 subjects in total:

  • Earth and Marine Sciences
  • English Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology

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