Canterbury University is the first in New Zealand to gain the highest mark in a new international rating system.
The university was granted five stars by QS Stars, a global university rating system that evaluates universities against eight criteria, including research and teaching quality, and graduate employability.
QS Stars said a university that achieved a five-star rating "would often be world-class in a broad range of areas, has cutting-edge facilities, and was internationally renowned for its research and teaching faculty".
Canterbury University vice-chancellor Rod Carr said achieving the highest rating affirmed Canterbury's position among the best universities in the world and underlined the fact that it continued to provide a world-class learning environment.
The rating was determined after the February 22 earthquake using 2010 data.
QS Stars is administered by the same organisation that delivers the QS World University Rankings, in which Canterbury University slipped from 189th in the world to 212th this month.
- The Press
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