Eight South African Universities Make Top 1000 in 2023 Academic Ranking of World Universities

Eight South African Universities Make Top 1000 in 2023 Academic Ranking of World Universities

In the latest publication of the 2023 Academic Ranking of World Universities by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, eight South African universities have secured positions within the top 1000 institutions globally.

Among these, the University of Cape Town stands out as the sole South African university to achieve a place within the top 300 worldwide.

Ranking Methodology and Criteria

The ARWU utilizes a comprehensive approach, considering six key objective indicators in the assessment of world universities:

1. Number of alumni who have been awarded Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals.
2. Number of staff members who have received Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals.
3. Number of articles published in prestigious journals like Nature and Science.
4. Number of research articles indexed in Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index.
5. Per capita performance of the institution.

Global Rankings of South African Universities

Here’s how South African universities fared in the global rankings:

– University of Cape Town (UCT): Ranked in the range of 201 – 300.
– University of Witwatersrand (Wits): Ranked in the range of 301 – 400.
– Stellenbosch University: Ranked in the range of 401 – 500.
– University of Pretoria: Ranked in the range of 401 – 500.
– North West University: Ranked in the range of 501 – 600.
– University of Johannesburg: Ranked in the range of 501 – 600.
– University of KwaZulu-Natal: Ranked in the range of 501 – 600.
– University of South Africa (UNISA): Ranked in the range of 901 – 1000.

Harvard Maintains Top Position

Harvard University has maintained its position at the top of the ranking list for the 21st consecutive year.

It is followed by Stanford and MIT in the second and third places, respectively.

The top 10 universities also include Cambridge, Berkeley, Princeton, Oxford, Columbia, Caltech, and Chicago.

Continental and Regional Achievements

Within Continental Europe, Paris-Saclay University secures the 15th position and remains the top-ranking institution.

In Asia, Tsinghua University rises by four positions to secure the best place in the region for the first time.

Among universities in Oceania, the University of Melbourne holds the lead for the thirteenth consecutive year since 2011.

Emerging Universities and Conclusion

The ARWU Top 100 witnesses the debut of two Chinese universities: Central South University at 95th position and Nanjing University at 96th. Additionally, a total of 35 universities make their first appearance in the Top 1000 rankings.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities evaluates over 2500 institutions worldwide, with the top 1000 universities being published in the ranking.

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