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Universities in South Africa - Rankings & Reviews

South Africa
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23
Universities in South Africa
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359,985
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49,000,000
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  • 23 universities in South Africa are listed in 17 different university rankings (by institution) as well as 4 different subject specific rankings.
  • 21 of these universities are listed in at least one institution or subject specific ranking.
  • Most comprehensive collection of university ranking scores worldwide. We monitor continuously 102 different university and subject rankings so that you can conveniently compare all rankings in one place.

Highest subject rankings of universities in South Africa:

#1

Social Studies & Humanities — Other #11  #1  University of Cape Town

#2

Engineering — Mining, Oil & Gas #15  #1  University of the Witwatersrand

#3

Business — Tourism & Hospitality Management #18  #1  University of Johannesburg

#4

Natural Sciences — Other #36  #1  University of Cape Town

#5

Sports Science — Sport Science (general) #37  #1  University of Cape Town

#6

Medicine & Health — Veterinary #45  #1  University of Pretoria

#7

Agriculture — Agriculture (general) #51  #1  University of Cape Town

#8

Law — Law (general) #51  #1  University of Cape Town

#9

Languages & Literature — english #51  #1  University of Cape Town

#10

Architecture, Building & Planning — Architecture (general) #51  #1  University of Cape Town

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Student satisfaction   3.7 / 5.0 (1789 reviews)
#200  #1  QS World University Rankings
#156  #1  THE World University Rankings
#301  #2  ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities
#272  #1  Webometrics
#394  #1  Scimago Institutions Ranking
#22  #1  QS University Rankings BRICS
#9  #1  BRICS & Emerging Economies University Ranking
#223  #1  CWUR Center for World University Rankings
#192  #1  RUR Reputation Ranking
#108  #1  RUR Research Performance Ranking
#146  #1  RUR World University Rankings
#241  #1  URAP World Ranking
#246  #1  NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers
#1  #1  NTU Africa

Student satisfaction   3.8 / 5.0 (1094 reviews)
#381  #2  QS World University Rankings
#201  #2  THE World University Rankings
#201  #1  ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities
#446  #2  Webometrics
#484  #3  Scimago Institutions Ranking
#40  #2  QS University Rankings BRICS
#11  #2  BRICS & Emerging Economies University Ranking
#230  #3  CWUR Center for World University Rankings
#265  #2  RUR Reputation Ranking
#190  #2  RUR Research Performance Ranking
#307  #2  RUR World University Rankings
#321  #2  URAP World Ranking
#318  #2  NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers
#2  #2  NTU Africa

Student satisfaction   4.4 / 5.0 (1622 reviews)
#405  #3  QS World University Rankings
#301  #3  THE World University Rankings
#401  #3  ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities
#498  #4  Webometrics
#522  #4  Scimago Institutions Ranking
#51  #4  QS University Rankings BRICS
#24  #3  BRICS & Emerging Economies University Ranking
#448  #9  CWUR Center for World University Rankings
#366  #3  RUR Reputation Ranking
#268  #3  RUR Research Performance Ranking
#402  #3  RUR World University Rankings
#495  #1  CWTS Leiden Ranking
#415  #4  URAP World Ranking
#427  #4  NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers
#3  #3  NTU Africa

Student satisfaction   4.5 / 5.0 (237 reviews)
#561  #5  QS World University Rankings
#601  #5  THE World University Rankings
#401  #4  ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities
#451  #3  Webometrics
#476  #2  Scimago Institutions Ranking
#45  #3  QS University Rankings BRICS
#78  #5  BRICS & Emerging Economies University Ranking
#438  #7  CWUR Center for World University Rankings
#74  #1  Financial Times - Executive MBA
#366  #4  RUR Reputation Ranking
#402  #6  RUR Research Performance Ranking
#475  #5  RUR World University Rankings
#474  #5  URAP World Ranking
#551  #5  NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers

Student satisfaction   4.1 / 5.0 (93 reviews)
#751  #6  QS World University Rankings
#401  #4  THE World University Rankings
#501  #5  ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities
#626  #5  Webometrics
#542  #5  Scimago Institutions Ranking
#85  #6  QS University Rankings BRICS
#101  #2  QS 50 under 50
#49  #4  BRICS & Emerging Economies University Ranking
#402  #5  CWUR Center for World University Rankings
#581  #7  RUR Reputation Ranking
#328  #4  RUR Research Performance Ranking
#434  #4  RUR World University Rankings
#349  #3  URAP World Ranking
#414  #3  NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers
#3  #4  NTU Africa

Student satisfaction   4.1 / 5.0 (80 reviews)
#801  #9  QS World University Rankings
#601  #6  THE World University Rankings
#970  #7  Webometrics
#661  #8  Scimago Institutions Ranking
#139  #8  QS University Rankings BRICS
#121  #7  BRICS & Emerging Economies University Ranking
#885  #7  URAP World Ranking

#551  #4  QS World University Rankings
#601  #7  THE World University Rankings
#601  #6  ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities
#841  #6  Webometrics
#644  #6  Scimago Institutions Ranking
#61  #5  QS University Rankings BRICS
#81  #1  QS 50 under 50
#99  #6  BRICS & Emerging Economies University Ranking
#790  #11  CWUR Center for World University Rankings
#522  #5  RUR Reputation Ranking
#385  #5  RUR Research Performance Ranking
#544  #6  RUR World University Rankings
#627  #6  URAP World Ranking

Student satisfaction   3.7 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
#3961  #19  Webometrics
#741  #17  Scimago Institutions Ranking

Student satisfaction   4.2 / 5.0 (64 reviews)
#3877  #17  Webometrics
#771  #20  Scimago Institutions Ranking

Student satisfaction   4.0 / 5.0 (21 reviews)
#3901  #18  Webometrics
#786  #21  Scimago Institutions Ranking

#801  #8  QS World University Rankings
#1115  #9  Webometrics
#713  #12  Scimago Institutions Ranking
#124  #7  QS University Rankings BRICS
#1021  #9  URAP World Ranking

Student satisfaction   4.1 / 5.0 (79 reviews)
#1489  #10  Webometrics
#696  #9  Scimago Institutions Ranking
#180  #10  QS University Rankings BRICS
#1004  #8  URAP World Ranking

Student satisfaction   4.1 / 5.0 (167 reviews)
#801  #8  THE World University Rankings
#2209  #11  Webometrics
#734  #16  Scimago Institutions Ranking
#201  #8  BRICS & Emerging Economies University Ranking
#1469  #11  URAP World Ranking

Student satisfaction   4.0 / 5.0 (74 reviews)
#2317  #12  Webometrics
#730  #15  Scimago Institutions Ranking
#1705  #12  URAP World Ranking

Student satisfaction   3.1 / 5.0 (456 reviews)
#2435  #14  Webometrics
#767  #19  Scimago Institutions Ranking
#2040  #14  URAP World Ranking

Student satisfaction   2.4 / 5.0 (832 reviews)
#741  #18  Scimago Institutions Ranking
#211  #11  QS University Rankings BRICS

Student satisfaction   3.9 / 5.0 (69 reviews)
#2993  #15  Webometrics
#722  #13  Scimago Institutions Ranking
#351  #13  QS University Rankings BRICS
#2034  #13  URAP World Ranking

Student satisfaction   4.0 / 5.0 (29 reviews)
#2321  #13  Webometrics
#724  #14  Scimago Institutions Ranking
#281  #12  QS University Rankings BRICS
#2212  #15  URAP World Ranking

Student satisfaction   4.1 / 5.0 (95 reviews)
#3347  #16  Webometrics
#712  #11  Scimago Institutions Ranking
#2374  #16  URAP World Ranking

Student satisfaction   3.1 / 5.0 (170 reviews)
#1001  #23  THE World University Rankings
#701  #7  ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities
#1016  #8  Webometrics
#704  #10  Scimago Institutions Ranking
#301  #9  BRICS & Emerging Economies University Ranking
#567  #6  RUR Reputation Ranking
#525  #7  RUR Research Performance Ranking
#695  #7  RUR World University Rankings
#1287  #10  URAP World Ranking

#801  #7  QS World University Rankings
#701  #8  ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities
#650  #7  Scimago Institutions Ranking
#170  #9  QS University Rankings BRICS
#964  #13  CWUR Center for World University Rankings
#830  #2  CWTS Leiden Ranking

Student satisfaction   4.4 / 5.0 (29 reviews)
Student satisfaction   4.3 / 5.0 (33 reviews)

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Ranking publishers

British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Published: May, 2019



CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Published: July, 2018



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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Published: May, 2019



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NTU ranking

Published: August, 2018



RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Published: September, 2018



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Scimago Institutions

Published: May, 2019

Criteria used in ranking:
Output: 8.0%
Normalized Impact: 13.0%
Innovative Knowledge: 25.0%
Excellence with Leadership: 13.0%
Domain's Inbound Links: 15.0%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Published: August, 2018

Criteria used in ranking:
Staff winning research prizes 20.0%
Research paper publications 20.0%
Per capita academic performance 10.0%
Alumni winning research prizes 10.0%
Citations 40.0%

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Published: May, 2019

Criteria used in ranking:
Teaching 30.0%
Research (volume, income and reputation)
International outlook (staff, students, research): 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer)
Citations 30.0%

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The Financial Times Limited, UK

Published: October, 2016



Urap

Published: October, 2018



Webometrics

Published: January, 2019

Criteria used in ranking:
Visibility (external links): 50.0%
Size (web pages): 20.0%
Scholar: 15.0%
Rich files: 15.0%
Ranking primarily based on the metrics of universities websites, such as number of links to website or number pages on website.

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