13 South African universities ranked on the 2019/2020 global list – Here are the best in the country


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Thirteen of South Africa’s twenty-six universities have been ranked in the 2019/2020 list of the world’s top 200 universities.

The international list was compiled by the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) and tertiary education institutes are graded on the following criteria: Quality of education (25%). Alumni employment (25%). Quality of faculty (10%). Research output (10%). High-quality publications (10%). Influence (10%). Citations (10%).

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Quite disappointingly the top-performing South African institution was the University of Cape Town wich ranked at 252 on the global scale – meaning not one of our thirteen universities made the cut for the top 200. UCT is followed by the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg while the University of Pretoria, Stellenbosch University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal make up the country’s top five universities.

Funding for higher education is crucial if the government aspires its universities to compete on the global stage. Without sustained strong investment, South African universities face the possibility of declining in the future.” – Dr Nadim Mahassen, president of the Center for World University Rankings

For the eighth consecutive year, Harvard University ranks as the top global institute and is followed by MIT. Cambridge, which is the top public university in the world, ranks fourth and is followed by the University of Oxford.

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