2016 tables: Institutions - academic

The 2016 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2015 Count 2015
1 University of Otago, New Zealand 33.75 117
2 The University of Auckland, New Zealand 25.46 143
3 Victoria University of Wellington (Victoria), New Zealand 18.17 86
4 University of Canterbury (UC), New Zealand 12.71 121
5 Massey University, New Zealand 9.00 73
6 University of Waikato, New Zealand 1.00 18
7 Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand 0.49 2
8 Lincoln University, New Zealand 0.14 2


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