The University of Cape Town (UCT) remains the best university in Africa and has been ranked 267th worldwide, up three places from last year, by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) in their 2023 Global 2000 list, which was published on 15 May.
CWUR releases the largest academic ranking of global universities. Out of the 20 531 institutions assessed, only the top 2 000 received a ranking, which places UCT in the top 1.4% of universities globally.
“UCT has once again proven its excellence in higher education by performing well in this prestigious world ranking. As a leading research-intensive institution, we will continue to strive to integrate excellent and impactful research, and to remain at the forefront of cutting-edge discovery and impact,” said Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation Professor Sue Harrison.
This ranking uses seven indicators grouped into four areas:
UCT’s highest ranked indicator is quality of education, which at 182nd position was down four places from last year. The alumni employment indicator (placed 224th) performed well and continued its climb, moving up 13 places compared to last year, which was also up 23 places on the previous year. The research performance indicator (ranked 245th) improved five places compared to last year.
The top three universities on this global listing are Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University, all in the United States.
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