Staff cuts drag universities down in rankingsNew Zealand Herald.
Only two of the country’s smallest universities, Waikato and Lincoln, have moved up the ranks but seven New Zealand universities were marked down this year on their academic reputation, based on asking 83,000 academics around the world to list the top universities in their fields.
Six declined in a survey asking 30,000 global employers which universities provided their most competent, innovative and effective graduates. But New Zealand's worst result was on staff/student ratios. Universities New Zealand Director Chris Whelan said this reflected a funding squeeze. “Over the last 10 years we saw a relatively steep real decline in per-student funding in the first half, reversed slightly in the second half,” he said.
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