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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
Stellenbosch University 482 456
University of Pretoria 601-650 561-570
Rhodes University 801-1000 801-1000
University of KwaZulu-Natal 801-1000 801-1000
North-West University 1001-1200 1001+
University of the Western Cape 1001-1200 1001+

The universities are being evaluated according to the following six metrics:

  1. Academic Reputation
  2. Employer Reputation
  3. Faculty/Student Ratio
  4. Citations per faculty
  5. International Faculty Ratio
  6. 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.

Sources: QS Rankings
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