South Africa University Ranking

Today we will take a closer look at the best universities in South Africa through our overview of South Africa University Rankings 2012. To give you the highest ranking South-African universities, we will make use of three ranking systems that have a worldwide view, and zoom down to the South-African institutions included in these separate rankings.

The three world wide rankings that we make use of here have been discussed in detail in previous posts. You will find the methods used in their respective sections. Links to all the sources can also be found in these dedicated sections.

When evaluating the below rankings, you will appreciate that the University of Capetown is the undisputed number one in South Africa. Below that, the ranking institutions are not in agreement. This is of course due to the different methodologies. Another reason can be that the ranking Academic Ranking of World Universities is slightly dated (2010).

Rankings used:

What they came up with:

Times Higher Education ranking 2012
1. University of Cape Town, South Africa
2a.Stellenbosch University, South Africa
2b.University of Witwatersrand

The Leiden ranking
1. University Cape Town
2. Stellenbosch University
3. University Witwatersrand
4. University Pretoria

Academic Ranking of World Universities
1. University of Cape Town
2. University of the Witwatersrand
3. University of KwaZulu-Natal

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