New Zealand has been told to step up its game if it wants to be a key global player in tertiary education, after the University of Auckland plummeted in new rankings.
The Times Higher Education has published its annual edition of world university rankings, with the University of Auckland moving to its lowest ranking to date, falling 27 places to 192 in the list.
The university was overtaken on the list by Asian universities, including three in mainland China.
Compared to last year, the university suffered from lower teaching and research reputations and a poorer citation impact.
Times Higher Education editorial director Phily Baty said the lowered ranking was a big blow to New Zealand.
"If current trends continue then the country may not have a world top 200 representative for the first time in future years," he said.
"New Zealand will need to up its game if it wants to remain a key global player in higher education."
Despite this, a further eight New Zealand universities have maintained their performance on the list, including the University of Otago and University of Canterbury.
The University of Waikato jumped from the 401-500 band to the 351-400 grouping.
Globally, the University of Oxford is still in top place, while the University of Cambridge is second.
Top universities in the world:
- University of Oxford
- University of Cambridge
- California Institute of Technology
- Stanford University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology