Top South African universities in BRICS ranking

UCT has again been ranked as the top SA university in the QS University BRICS rankings.

August 10, 2014 4 Comments
Top South African universities in BRICS ranking

The University of Cape Town has once again been ranked as the top South African university in the QS University BRICS rankings.

The institute was ranked 9th overall across all BRICS universities, with a score of 84.9, tied with UniCamp in Brazil.

Wits, which was ranked SA’s top university in the recent Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), found itself second to UCT, ranked 31st overall, with a score of 72.1.

Stellenbosch University was rated the third best university in the country (34th overall), followed by the University of Pretoria at 46th.

Top SA Universities

# University Score
9 University of Cape Town 84.9
31 University of the Witwatersrand 72.1
34 Stellenbosch University 70.5
46 University of Pretoria 64.9
60 University of Kwa-Zulu Natal 57.5
63 University of Johannesburg 56.8
76 Rhodes University 50.2
92 University of the Western Cape 43.5
101-110 University of the Free State -
151-200 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University -
151-200 North-West University -

Top 10 BRICS universities

# University Score
1 Tsinghua University 100.0
2 Peking University 97.2
3 Lomonosov Moscow University 92.6
4 University of Science and Technology of China 89.7
5 Fudan University 89.5
6 Nanjing University 87.1
7 Universidade de Sao Paulo 86.4
8 Shanghai Jiao Tong University 85.8
9 Universidade Estadual do Campinas 84.9
10 University of Cape Town 84.9

It should be noted that different university rankings weight their scoring criteria differently.

According to the QS University ranking methodology, the following weights were applied to determine its ranks:

  1. Academic reputation (30%)
  2. Employer reputation (20%)
  3. Faculty/student ratio (20%)
  4. Staff with a PhD (10%)
  5. Papers per faculty (10%)
  6. Citations per paper (5%)
  7. International faculty (2.5%)
  8. International students (2.5%)

The QS 2013 global rankings placed UCT in 145th overall, followed again by Wits (313th), and Stellenbosch (387th).

Outside of the top 400 universities, QS does not list specific ranks for the institutions, opting for a range.

SA university rankings (2013)

SA university rankings (2013)

The QS 2014 rankings have not yet been released.

The full QS BRICS university rankings can be found here.

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Join the Conversation ( 4 comments)
  • http://www.iwontshare.com Banana-Boy Van Damme

    Where is University of Julius?
    These results must get nationalised, I don’t trust them….

  • Bilal Jooma

    Does anyone know where UNISA fits into all of this.

    • clasqm

      Unisa would get 1/20 for the student/faculty ratio. Maybe that is why it was not included at all. LATER: I checked: the Open University of China isn’t on the list either. This is only a listing of conventional universities.

  • njabs

    Unisa did not make it

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