Rankings of universities in South Africa

Rankings of universities in South Africa

September 9, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


Rankings of universities in South Africa are
largely based on international university rankings, since there are no South African
rankings as of yet. These international university rankings indicate
that South Africa’s university system is the strongest on the continent: it is home to
five of the six highest ranked African universities, including the two campuses consistently ranked
as academically strongest in Africa, University of Cape Town and University of the Witwatersrand,
which are situated in South Africa’s two most prominent cities. Highly cited international university rankings
In part because of the inherent difficulty of ranking complex educational institutions,
there are an expanding number of competing international university ranking schemes,
each with a different emphasis. Three of the most prominent are the Times
Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings, and the Academic
Ranking of World Universities. Times Higher Education World University Rankings
The 2013–2014 edition of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked
the top South African universities as follows: QS World University Rankings
The 2013 edition of the QS World University Rankings ranked the top South African universities
as follows: Previous years’ world rankings are as follows:
ARWU/Shanghai The 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities
has ranked the top South African universities as follows:
Note: These are the only ranked South African universities. Center for World University Rankings
The 2014 edition of CWUR ranked the top South African Universities as follows:
International Rankings for Additional Context University Ranking by Academic Performance
URAP, which is a newer ranking scheme based solely on quantitative measures of academic
productivity, includes data for a larger number of global universities, and thus gives some
sense of the relative standing of more South African institutions. The 2013-2014 edition of URAP ranked the top
South African Universities as follows: Business-oriented rankings
Several international rankings schemes focus on the placement of graduates in business
settings. Times Higher Education Alma Mater Index
This is another THE ranking which aims to measure the real world success of a University’s
alumni by ranking Universities according to the number of their graduates that are currently
CEOs of Fortune Global 500 companies. The global number one for 2013 is by a considerable
margin, Harvard University. The only African Universities that appear
on the Global top 100 are the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Cape
Town. The 2013 South African rankings are as follows:
Tredence-Emerging Global Employability University Ranking
This is a global ranking of universities by the perceived quality of their graduates by
top employers around the world. The only African university in the top 150
is the University of the Witwatersrand. The 2013 ranking is as follows:
Additional context on South African higher educational institutions
2010 Centre for Higher Education Transformation report
A 2010 report by Centre for Higher Education Transformation identified 3 different university
clusters in South Africa, grouped according to function. The input variables used to group universities
were: Percentage of headcount enrolment in science,
engineering and technology Masters and doctoral enrolments
Student to staff ratios Permanent staff with doctoral degrees
Private and government income Student fee income
The output variables were: Student success rates
Graduation rates Weighted research output units per permanent
staff member The Red cluster constitutes the top research-intensive
universities. The Blue cluster consists of institutions
focused primarily on technical training, while the Green cluster includes institutions which
show characteristics of both missions. The clusters are:
References See also
Rankings of business schools in South Africa College and university rankings