Nine SA universities top the international list of best in the world.
South Africa (11 June 2021) – Nine South African universities have ranked among the best educational institutions in the world.
The QS World University Rankings has published its annual list of tertiary facilities worldwide. These rankings have been published since 2004.
The universities are:
|University||2022 ranking||2021 ranking|
|University of Cape Town||226||220|
|University of the Witwatersrand||424||403|
|University of Johannesburg||434||439|
|University of Pretoria||601-650||561-570|
|University of KwaZulu-Natal||801-1000||801-1000|
|University of the Western Cape||1001-1200||1001+|
The universities are being evaluated according to the following six metrics:
- Academic Reputation
- Employer Reputation
- Faculty/Student Ratio
- Citations per faculty
- International Faculty Ratio
- International Student Ratio
Academic reputation (40%)
The highest weighting of any metric is allotted to an institution’s Academic Reputation score.
Employer reputation (10%)
The Employer Reputation metric is based on over 75,000 responses to the QS Employer Survey and asks employers to identify those institutions from which they source the most competent, innovative, effective graduates.
Faculty/Student Ratio (20%)
Teaching quality is typically cited by students as the metric of the highest importance to them when comparing institutions using a ranking.
Citations per faculty (20%)
They measure institutional research quality using our Citations per Faculty metric. To calculate it, they take the total number of citations received by all papers produced by an institution across a five-year period by the number of faculty members at that institution.
International faculty ratio/International student ratio (5% each)
A highly international university acquires and confers several advantages. It demonstrates an ability to attract faculty and students from across the world, which in turn suggests that it possesses a strong international brand.