The University of Otago has maintained its "five more stars" rating in QS Stars University qualifications.
Otago is one of the 200 universities classified in the system, and obtained for the first time the five-star rating plus the highest possible in 2016.
Vice Chancellor Harlene Hayne said at a college council meeting yesterday that it was a great achievement.
Otago received a maximum of five possible stars for teaching, graduate employability, research, internationalization, facilities, innovation and inclusion, and a specific five-star rating for life sciences and medicine.
Professor Hayne said that only 11 universities had a five-star rating.
The ratings are useful to promote Otago as a destination for foreign students.
Professor Hayne also noticed the announcement last week that Otago student Graham Hart had given $ 10 million to develop a $ 28.2 million dental teaching facility run by the university in South Auckland.