University moves up tertiary rankings

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Selwyn’s Lincoln University continues to move up the rankings when compared to other tertiary institutions both in New Zealand and overseas.

It is the second new appointment to Westland’s senior management team following the recent announcement of Gary Yu taking up the role of general manager for the company in China.

Westland Milk Products chief executive Toni Brendish said Mr Betty’s appointment will bring considerable operations experience to the company which has a major processing facility in Rolleston’s Izone business park.

“Craig comes to us with extensive experience in the dairy sector,” Ms Brendish said.

“He has a proven record for getting the very best performance out of the operations side of the business in terms of meeting financial goals, achieving continuous improvement and bringing his team on board with the company’s vision and business strategies.”

Prior to joining Westland Mr Betty was Regional General Manager Operations for the lower North Island for Fonterra and has had a career with Fonterra dating back to 2002. Prior to that he Lincoln has recently been placed 71st in the new Times Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific University Rankings, amongst the 243 universities in the region. 

The ranking puts it fifth of New Zealand’s eight universities for the first time. 

This follows a recent rise to 319 in QS World University rankings, a jump of 24 places from last year, and placing it in the top 1.2% of the world’s universities.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Robin Pollard said the Times Higher Education’s assessments take into account teaching, research, international outlook, and knowledge transfer. Weightings were applied to each category to reflect Asia-Pacific priorities.

“Lincoln University has continued to improve its scores in the major rankings assessments,” Professor Pollard said.

“We are happy that ranking assessments of Lincoln continue to improve. There are arguments for and against different ranking methods, but ultimately what is most important is that the university adds value to students, industry, and society at large. 

“Lincoln University will continue to make organisational change to improve its performance further, as befits a 21st century world class university.”

Professor Pollard said their next step is to reshape the university to deliver benefits enabled by the Joint Facility with AgResearch.

“That involves new ways of working with Crown Research Institutes and industry partners,” he said.