In its annual report, the QS World University Rankings has listed the University of Cape Town (UCT) as the best university in Africa. However, its score has decreased from previous years whilst the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) continues to grow.
UCT ranks 237 globally among over 1400 institutions – a while away from its place at 141 in 2015. Universities are judged according to: academic reputation; employer reputation; faculty-to-student ratio; citations per faculty; and international student ratio. Each institution is then given an overall score.
In 2020, UCT received a score of 44.1, which decreased by almost 13% in 2022 with 39.4 points. The biggest knock resulted from UCT’s citations per faculty, which means that research quality is not performing as it once was.
UJ has nabbed second place, but is still far behind UCT in overall rankings. It’s sitting at 412 on the list with an overall score of 27.7. Still, UJ has demonstrated growth whilst UCT moves in the opposite direction.
Stellenbosch University received an overall score of 24.6 this year, and is placed 482 out of 1400.
According to the report, the best university in the world is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), located at Cambridge in the United States. It received an overall score of 100. The University of Oxford in the United Kingdom comes in at number two with an overall score of 99.5.
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