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Quality academic teaching

The New Zealand education system is world-leading with all universities in the top 3% in the world along with an internationally-recognised school system. Plus New Zealand is ranked first in the world for providing future-skills education for it's youth.

Our secondary school qualifications are well regarded and higher level qualifications such as bachelor degrees are recognised around the world for enrolment in postgraduate programmes.

The New Zealand government has strong quality assurance systems to ensure high quality education at all levels of the education system.


Tertiary education

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All three Wellington universities are ranked in the top 3% in the world, along with New Zealand's other universities (QS). Each university is also ranked in the top 100 in the world for one or more of its specialist areas -  Massey University is ranked 51 in art and design, Otago University is ranked 66 in Life Sciences and Medicine and Victoria University of Wellington is ranked 46 in Law.

Victoria University of Wellington is ranked first in New Zealand for research quality.

In the New Zealand government also ranks universities. The Tertiary Education Commission ranks Victoria University of Wellington top overall for research and first or second in research in 25 subject areas.


School system

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New Zealand students' scores for literacy, maths and science are amongst the highest in the world in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which is run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The latest PISA results show that 8% of New Zealand students were top all-round students, double the OECD average. 

The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the main qualification in secondary schools, and the qualification is widely recognised internationally.

A small number of schools also offer the International Baccalaureate qualification.