US News & World Report have released the 2016/17 edition of the Best Global Universities (BGU) ranking – featuring a list of the top institutions in South Africa.
Each institution was evaluated based on its research performance and its ratings by members of the academic community around the world and in the region.
The methodology is based on data and metrics provided by Thomson Reuters InCitesTM research analytics solutions, and weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional reputation; academic research performance using bibliometric indicators; and school-level data on faculty and Ph.D. graduates.
In the 2016 rankings, South Africa again dominated the top of the rankings for Africa, with 9 instutions being ranked in the top 20.
The University of Cape Town again ranked top in the country and the continent, having improved its global positioning to 112th in the world, up from 162nd in 2015.
Wits follows UCT, with the University of KwaZulu Natal shooting past Stellenbosch University to be ranked third in the country.
|1||112||162||University of Cape Town|
|2||222||284||University of the Witwatersrand|
|3||346||435||University of KwaZulu Natal|
|5||523||550||University of Pretoria|
|6||550||562||University of Johannesburg|
|7||745||–||University of the Western Cape|
|8||826||–||North West University|
The BGU ranking is one of several global university rankings to be published this year. The other rankings can be found here:
- 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
- 2016 QS World University Rankings (QSWUR)
- 2016 Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)
- 2016 Times Higher Education ranking (THE)
- 2016 University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP)
Each global ranking uses different indicators with different final score weighting to determine the top institutes, and so reflect different levels of excellence.
Thus, the table below does not reflect the intricacies of each ranking, but serves to provide a “ranking overview” of how south African universities performed.
The index below works on a 10-point score system, where each ranked university is assigned points according to rank, relative to the number of universities listed.
Thus, a university ranked sixth out of six will have a reflectively lower score (1.7 points), compared to a university ranked sixth out of nine (5.5 points).
If a university did not appear in a ranking, it receives 0 points.
|University of Cape Town||1st||1st||1st||1st||2nd||2nd||9.3|
|University of KwaZulu Natal||3rd||3rd||7th||4th||4th||4th||5.3|
|University of Pretoria||5th||5th||4th||5th||5th||–||4.2|
|University of Johannesburg||6th||6th||6th||–||–||–||2.7|
|University of the Western Cape||8th||7th||9th||–||–||–||1.7|
|University of the Free State||10th||–||–||–||–||–||0.8|
|Nelson Mandela Bay University||12th||–||–||–||–||–||0.6|
|Tshwane University of Technology||13th||–||–||–||–||–||0.5|
|Cape Peninsula University of Technology||14th||–||–||–||–||–||0.4|
|University of Limpopo||15th||–||–||–||–||–||0.3|
|Fort Hare University||16th||–||–||–||–||–||0.2|
|Durban University of Technology||17th||–||–||–||–||–||0.1|