Eight universities for a population of only four million does suggest we’re over-universitied.
But we can take some comfort from the global ranking of universities which suggests we’ve got quality as well as quantity.
Three of our universities are the top 200 – Auckland at 61, Otago at 125 and Canterbury at 188.
If you judge universities on more than academia, Otago still comes out tops.*
A relatively big university in a small city where most students come from other places creates a unique experience (and I don’t mean the stupidity which captured headlines recently).
More details on results of the comparisons here.
Hat Tip: NBR.
* from the completely unbiased 🙂 perspective of a graduate from both Otago and Canterbury with a daughter who graduated from Otago and is now studying at Auckland.