If you’re worried about how your South African university degree is perceived internationally, there’s really no need. Our SA university rankings bode well for South Africa tertiary education when compared to institutions across the world.
ShanghaiRanking Consultancy recently published the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). This is a list of the top 1 000 global tertiary institutions, and 9 of the best South African universities are featured. 1 000 may sound like a big number, but when you consider that there are hundreds of thousands of colleges and universities all over the globe, being included in the top 1 000 is actually pretty amazing!
SA university rankings
According to the ARWU ranking, these are the best universities in South Africa, in order:
- University of the Witwatersrand (world rank 201-300)
- University of Cape Town (world rank 201-300)
- Stellenbosch University (world rank 401-500)
- University of Pretoria (world rank 401-500)
- University of KwaZulu Natal (world rank 501-600)
- University of Johannesburg (world rank 601-700)
- North-West University (world rank 601-700)
- UNISA (world rank 801-900)
- Rhodes University (world rank 801-900)
How are the university rankings calculated?
Tertiary institutions are given a score out of 100 based on the following criteria:
- Graduates who have won Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals (10%)
- Staff who have won Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals (20%)
- Graduates or staff who are highly cited researchers (20%)
- Papers published in Nature and Science journals (20%)
- Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index (20%)
- Academic performance of an institution per capita (10%)
Which universities are the best ranked globally?
Harvard University in the USA came out tops with a perfect score of 100. Stanford (USA) and Cambridge (UK) placed second and third respectively. Other famous universities like Berkley, Princeton, Columbia and Oxford all placed in the top 10.
So… if you’re attending one of the top 9 South African universities, and you’re wondering if your degree is good enough to receive international recognition… remember, you’re actually in the top 1 000 in the world. And that’s nothing to be ashamed about!