The University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) was recently published, ranking 16 of South Africa’s universities among among 2,500 higher education institutes (HEI) across the world.
As with most assessments of South Africa’s local universities, the University of Cape Town (UCT) was again ranked as the best university in the country, followed by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).
In the overall ranking, however, most local institutions slipped down the global list in 2017, with UCT losing three spots from 2016, and Wits down four places. The UKZN remained stable, but Stellenbosch University dropped 13 places.
The overall score of each HEI is based on 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.
You can view the full ranking in our previous coverage.
As part of its annual assessment, URAP also ranks universities by fields of study, including many technical and scientific qualifications.
Surprisingly, while UCT is the best-ranked university in the country, it does not place at the top of the local list in mathematics, science, engineering or technology and related fields.
Among the 16 ranked universities in South Africa, only 10 managed to be ranked among the top universities in these fields.
The University of Pretoria managed to place top in the country in three of the seven ‘technical’ fields covered below (mechanical engineering, information and computing sciences and economic), while UKZN scored the next highest, placing first twice (physical sciences and engineering).
Stellenbosch University was the only South African university ranked in the technology field, and Wits ranked first for mathematics.
The tables below show which South African universities come out at the top across these fields.
|204||University of KwaZulu Natal||54.14|
|346||University of Cape Town||51.46|
|485||University of the Western Cape||46.26|
|602||University of the Witwatersrand||36.18|
|774||University of Johannesburg||19.93|
|905||University of Pretoria||10.11|
|923||University of the Free State||9.15|
|437||University of KwaZulu Natal||49.56|
|582||University of Pretoria||38.65|
|697||University of the Witwatersrand||30.18|
|725||University of Cape Town||28.02|
|887||University of Johannesburg||17.05|
|330||University of the Witwatersrand||49.71|
|381||University of Cape Town||45.53|
|499||University of KwaZulu Natal||32.63|
|662||University of Pretoria||15.53|
Information and Computing Sciences
|539||University of Pretoria||28.88|
|654||University of KwaZulu Natal||17.16|
|700||University of Cape Town||13.01|
|423||University of Pretoria||18.70|
|462||University of the Witwatersrand||14.20|
|217||University of Pretoria||29.61|
|247||University of Cape Town||21.40|