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University of Auckland ranked 'top university for Education'

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Teacher education is reaching even higher levels of world excellence at the University of Auckland according to latest international rankings.

The University has ranked 17th in the world for the subject of Education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject released today. This is the highest ranking for the subject of Education by a University in New Zealand.

The 2018 QS World University Rankings list the best universities in the world to study by subject. Education has only been included in the individual subject rankings since 2012.

The University is continuing a steady climb in this subject, out of the over 900 universities worldwide the ranking of 17th is an increase of three places from a ranking of 20th in 2017, 23rd in 2016, and 26th in 2015 - placing the university in the top 2% of Universities world-wide.

Dean of Education and Social Work, Associate Professor Mark Barrow, says the continued rise in rankings is a clear indication of the quality of teacher education offered by the faculty.

"It is fantastic to know we are educating our teachers at such a world-class setting. I want to thank the staff for their constant hard work and dedication to make our students the confident teachers they become."

"I am also particularly proud of the rise in our Post Graduate and Doctoral students, their excellent research contributes to our world-class status."

The QS Rankings success comes on the back of a successful 2017 for the faculty.

Distinguished Professor Viviane Robinson has been made a Fellow of Royal Society Te Apārangi. Being made a Fellow is an honour that recognises true international distinction in research and scholarship.

Associate Professor Melinda Webber (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whakaue) was awarded a 2017 Rutherford Discovery Fellowship from the Royal Society. The $800,000 over five-years will all her to pursue her research into iwi success and identity, and thriving that are unique and inspirational.

Dr Darren Powell received a $300,000 Marsden Fund ‘Fast Start’ grant to research how children understand and experience ‘healthy’ marketing practices.

Dr Rachel Williams was awarded funding by the NEXT Foundation to expand her Summer Learning Journey blogging programme into more schools.

And Associate Professor Jay Marlowe received a Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award in the 2017 round in the General category.

Three staff, Katarina Edmonds, Waldo Houia and Vicky Demant from the Faculty’s Te Puna Wananga (School of Māori and Indigenous Education) translated the Disney film Moana into te Reo.

The Faculty of Education and Social Work currently has 3805 students enrolled across three campuses, 76 Foundation, 2403 Undergraduates, 401 Graduate Diploma students, 621 Post Graduates and 324 Doctoral students.

The faculty offers 441 courses across 30 study programmes, many delivered in close partnership with schools and centres. Last year 1166 students graduated with degrees from the faculty, the majority of 758 with Bachelor degrees or Graduate Diplomas, 316 post graduate and 34 doctoral students.

Founded in 1990, QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) is the leading global provider of higher education and careers information and independent research. Its activities span across 50 countries, working with over 2,000 international universities and business schools.

Since 2011, QS has extended the scope of the world rankings to include the evaluation of individual disciplines. The rankings are based on research citations, alongside reputational surveys of over 121,000 academics and graduate employers worldwide.

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