The University of Cape Town has once again been ranked as the top South African university in the QS World University Rankings (QSWUR) – making it the best university in the country, topping two of the three local rankings.
The QSWUR is based on a mix of survey responses and hard data across six indicators, compiled and weighted to formulate a final score.
The ranking’s biggest indicator, accounting for 40% of the total score, is based on academic reputation.
Academic reputation is measured using a global survey, in which academics were asked to identify the institutions where they believe the best work is currently taking place within their field of expertise.
The rankings draw on almost 63,700 responses from academics worldwide, the group said.
The indicators and scores are:
- Academic reputation (40%)
- Employer reputation (10%)
- Student-to-faculty ratio (20%)
- Citations per faculty (20%)
- International faculty ratio (5%)
- International student ratio (5%)
The Massachusetts Insitutuion of Technology (MIT) retained its place as the best university in the world.
The University of Cambridge was ranked 2nd overall, followed by the Imperial College of London, Harvard and Oxford.
In South Africa, UCT was the top university, ranked 141st across all universities in the world, with a total score of 62.0.
The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) found itself in distant second to UCT, ranked 318th overall, with a score of 40.3.
Top Universities in South Africa
|141||University of Cape Town||62.0|
|318||University of Witwatersrand||40.3|
|471-480||University of Pretoria||30.3|
|501-550||University of Kwa-Zulu Natal||–|
|601-650||University of Johannesburg||–|
SA’s best university
Each ranking uses different indicators with different final score weighting to determine the top institutes, and thus reflect different levels of excellence.
The QSWUR places emphasis on academic reputations; the ARWU has a more even spread across its indicators, with a focus on published research; and the CWUR focuses on alumni and what they went on to achieve.
Looking at the results of all three university rankings as a whole, it’s clear that the University of Cape Town holds the top position in South Africa, overall, with only the CWUR rankings placing the institute second.
Similarly, Wits is the clear number two, with Stellenbosch University ranking third.
|#||University||ARWU SA rank
||CWUR SA rank
||QSWUR SA rank
|1||University of Cape Town||1||2||1|
|2||University of Witwatersrand||2||1||2|
|4||University of Kwa-Zulu Natal||3||4||5|
|5||University of Pretoria||–||5||4|
|7||University of Johannesburg||–||–||7|
The University of South Africa (Unisa) and the University of the North West (Potch) were not ranked in the top 1000 on any rankings.