University of Cape Town ranked the best university in Africa

University of Cape Town best in Africa
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The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2022 has ranked the University of Cape Town as the best university in Africa – and of course, South Africa.

QS released the rankings this week covering around 1,300 institutions around the world, including nine in South Africa.

Best university in the world

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) emerged as the best university in the world for the 10th year in a row, followed by Oxford University.

The University of Cambridge and Stanford University shared third position, while Harvard University, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Imperial College London clinched fifth, sixth and seventh positions respectively.

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and University College London (UCL) settled for joint eighth positions, while University of Chicago rounded off the top ten list.

“Of the 96 locations represented in the rankings, major contributors include the US (177 institutions), the UK (90 institutions) and China Mainland (58 institutions). Between them they account for 25 percent of all ranked universities,” QS said in a press release on Wednesday (9 June).

Best university in Africa

The QS ranking placed the University of Cape Town (UCT) at position 226 in the world, which is enough to secure its position as the best university in Africa.

This means it is in the top 18 percent of universities worldwide despite dropping six places from its ranking in the previous year.

In March this year, UCT’s Development Studies was also ranked 10th in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

A further five subjects – anthropology, archaeology, architecture/built environment, geography and medicine – also featured in the top 100, while 10 more subjects ranked in the 101-150 list.

9 best universities in South Africa

According to the QS World University Rankings 2022, the following are the 9 best universities in South Africa:

University2021 world ranking2022 world ranking
University of Cape Town220226
University of the Witwatersrand403424
University of Johannesburg439434
Stellenbosch University456482
University of Pretoria561-570601-650
Rhodes University801-1000801-1000
University of KwaZulu-Natal801-1000801-1000
North West University1001+1001-1200
University of the Western Cape1001+1001-1200

QS uses six performance indicators to evaluate universities in its world rankings. They indicators include:

  1. Academic reputation.
  2. Employer reputation.
  3. Citations per faculty member.
  4. Faculty-to-student ratio.
  5. International staff ratio.
  6. International student ratio.

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