A new university ranking that focuses on academic performance has been released, ranking 18 South African universities among 2,500 institutes across the world.
The University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) differs from other widely published rankings by not precluding the lower-end of institutions, particularly in developing nations.
“Most ranking systems cover up to top 500 universities around the world, which mostly represents institutions located in developed countries.”
“Universities from other countries around the world also deserve and need to know where they stand among other institutions at global and national levels,” the group said.
The URAP ranking system’s focus is on academic quality. The group has gathered data about 2,500 Higher Education Institutes (HEI) in an effort to rank these organizations by their academic performance.
The overall score of each HEI is based upon its performance over several indicators, including current scientific productivity, research impact, research quality and international acceptance.
Data is gathered from Web of Science and other sources which provide lists of HEIs, the group said.
The data holds no big surprises for South Africa, naming the University of Cape Town as the top university in the country – followed by all the usual suspects: Wits, UKZN and Stellenbosch University.
However, the ranking includes 18 South African universities, overall, making it the most comprehensive global university ranking in the country to date.
These are the top universities in the country:
|1||237||University of Cape Town||342.74|
|2||312||University of the Witwatersrand||330.54|
|3||369||University of KwaZulu Natal||324.98|
|5||490||University of Pretoria||316.25|
|6||676||University of Johannesburg||308.57|
|7||818||North West University||304.61|
|8||900||University of the Western Cape||302.04|
|10||1071||University of the Free State||277.25|
|11||1248||University of South Africa (Unisa)||224.47|
|12||1357||Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Port Elizabeth)||190.98|
|13||1358||Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (George)||190.84|
|14||1491||Tshwane University of Technology||153.00|
|15||1810||Cape Peninsula University of Technology||79.69|
|16||1815||University of Limpopo||78.75|
|17||1879||University of Fort Hare||67.68|
|18||1901||Durban University of Technology||63.56|