Best South African Universities in the World For 2021/2022: In 2021/22, South Africa’s universities largely rose in the global rankings, with 13 institutions remaining among the top 1,500. Nine universities improved their global standing, while four fell in the rankings.
The University of Cape Town remains the top university in the country, but in Africa, it has slid from 103rd to 109th place.
UCT is followed by the University of the Witwatersrand, which ranked 212th, down from 192nd the previous year.
Other universities that have declined in the rankings include the University of KwaZulu Natal (371st) and the University of Johannesburg (417th).
Top Universities in South Africa:
|SA #||Global #||University|
|1||109||University of Cape Town|
|2||212||University of Witwatersrand|
|4||371||University of Kwa-Zulu Natal|
|5||417||University of Johannesburg|
|6||434||University of Pretoria|
|8||729||University of the Western Cape|
|9||851||University of South Africa|
|11||925||University of the Free State|
|12||954||Tshwane University of Technology|
|13||1225||Nelson Mandela University|
All of the other universities on the list improved, with Stellenbosch University rising from 321st in 2020/21 to 317th. The University of the Western Cape remained in 729th place.
Notably, Tshwane University of Technology rose in the rankings to currently be among the top 1,000.
Six of South Africa’s 13 institutions are ranked in the top 500 globally.
University of Cape Town, University of Witwatersr and Stellenbosch University, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria.
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