UCT among the international giants

15 November 2007 | Story by Megan Morris

UCT has earned a place in the top 200 of the widely respected Times Higher Education Supplement World University Rankings.

The ranking makes UCT '“ once placed in the mid-300s and up 57 spots from 2006 - the only African university to make it into the top 200 of the THES-QS ranking, conducted each year by the London-based newspaper The Times Higher Education Supplement and study-abroad specialists Quacquarelli Symonds.

The ranking scores hundreds of universities around the globe on six indicators '“ peer review by over 5 000 international academics; recruiter review; number of international faculty at the university; number of international students; faculty/student ratio; and number of citations. UCT scored particularly well in the recruiter reviews, its intake of international students, as well as research citations, a category that makes up 40% of the overall mark.

UCT is one of only four universities from the developing world in the rankings. As usual, UK and US universities took pole positions. And while the top universities mostly hail from the English-speaking world, 28 countries are represented in the rankings.

"International rankings are becoming increasingly important in a global education market," says Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Njabulo S Ndebele. "And I believe the rating bears out our mission to be an African university of international repute.

"It's a tribute to the dedication and hard work of the entire university community."

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