In yet another win, the University of Cape Town (UCT) has come out as the top tertiary institution on the continent in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 list includes almost 1 500 universities across 93 countries, standing as the largest and most diverse university rankings ever to date.
The table is based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
This year’s ranking analysed more than 80 million citations across over 13 million research publications and included survey responses from 22 000 scholars globally.
Dropping 19 places from last year’s ranking, UCT is tied with Trinity College Dublin and Tufts University for the 155th spot globally on the list and is also the top ranking university from Africa once again.
Other South African universities to make the list include the University of the Witwatersrand (201–250), Stellenbosch University (251–300) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (351–400).
The University of Oxford in the United Kingdom leads the rankings for the fifth consecutive year, followed by Stanford University and Harvard University in second and third place respectively.