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US News & World Report has released its 2019 Best Global Universities rankings – which also includes a list of the top 10 Universities in South Africa.

Top 10 best Universities in Africa
University of Cape Town

The overall rankings evaluate 1,250 universities across 75 countries and are the largest and most comprehensive assessment of research universities worldwide, it says.

Universities in the US and the UK remained at the top of the rankings, with the top four schools in the US – led by Harvard University, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University. The University of California–Berkeley takes the fourth spot, and the United Kingdom’s University of Oxford finishes out the top five Universities in the world.

Bringing it down to Africa, The University of Cape Town leads the Africa rankings, with two other South African institutions, University of Witwatersrand and University of KwaZulu Natal in second and third position.

Top Universities in South Africa:

University of Cape Town

SA Rank: 1
Global Rank: 114

University of Witwatersrand

SA Rank: 2
Global Rank: 197

University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

SA Rank: 3
Global Rank: 336

Stellenbosch University

SA Rank: 4
Global Rank: 341

University of Johannesburg

SA Rank: 5
Global Rank: 397

University of Pretoria

SA Rank: 6
Global Rank: 427

North-West University

SA Rank: 7
Global Rank: 708

University of the Western Cape

SA Rank: 8
Global Rank: 720

Rhodes University

SA Rank: 9
Global Rank: 886

University of South Africa

SA Rank: 10
Global Rank: 946

US News & World Report

US News’ rankings put a focus on international collaboration at universities by rewarding schools that author articles with researchers from different countries.

The Best Global Universities methodology – which is based on Web of Science data and metrics provided by Clarivate Analytics InCites – weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional research reputation and academic research performance.

For the overall rankings, this includes bibliometric indicators such as publications, citations and international collaboration. Each subject ranking has its own methodology based on academic research performance and reputation in that specific area.



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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