SA’s Top Universities for 2021

SA’s Top Universities for 2021

US News & World Report published its best Global University rankings.  The list includes 13 South African Universities, 6 of which made the top 500.  The rankings encompass the 1,500 top institutions across 81 countries, and is the largest and most comprehensive assessment of research universities worldwide.

Focus on the research output of universities was of particular importance as well as the reputations tied to that research, both locally and globally.  This includes bibliometric indicators such as publications, citations, and collaborations (especially international collaborations).  The 13 indicators the group considered are:

  • Global Research Reputation 12.5%
  • Regional Research Reputation 12.5%
  • Publications 10%
  • Normalised Citation Impact 10%
  • Total Citations 7.5%
  • International Collaboration 5%
  • Books 2.5%
  • Conferences 2.5%

The top 10 institutions rankings are similar to the previous year, with Harvard University and MIT still topping the list.  The only non US schools to make the top 10 list were Oxford and Cambridge.

#

Country

University

1

United States

Harvard University

2

United States

Massachussetts Institute of technology

3

United States

Stanford University

4

United States

University of California – Berkley

5

United Kingdom

University of Oxford

6

United States

Columbia University

7

United States

California Institute of Technology

8

United States

University of Washington

9

United Kingdom

University of Cambridge

10

United States

Johns Hopkins University

South African Universities, for the most part, climbed the global rankings with a total of 13 institutes ranked.  The University of Cape Town remains the top local university with WITS coming in second.

SA #

Global #

University

1

103

University of Cape Town

2

192

University of Witwatersrand

3

321

Stellenbosch University

4

332

University of KwaZulu-Natal

5

378

University of Johannesburg

6

444

University of Pretoria

7

564

North West University

8

729

University of the Western Cape

9

923

University of South Africa

10

925

Rhodes University

11

949

University of Free State

12

1044

Tshwane University of Technology

13

1254

Nelson Mandela University


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