Sun. Jul 14th, 2024

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has been placed in the top 201-300 band of universities, according to the recently published ShanghaiRanking’s 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). This is the best ranking for a university in South Africa and on the continent.

First published in 2003, ARWU assesses more than 2 500 universities and publishes the best 1 000.

“UCT continues to be ranked the top university on the continent, reflecting – and highlighting for the international community – the excellence of our researchers and research,” said Professor Sue Harrison, the deputy vice-chancellor for Research and Internationalisation.

“We recognise that these rankings, and others like it, do not reflect the full breadth and depth of research and learning being undertaken at universities worldwide. There are many aspects critically important to institutions in the Global South that are not counted in this ranking and which our UCT values drive us to prioritise. That being said, we are excited to rank well across a wide range of indicators, including this one.”

“UCT continues to be ranked the top university on the continent, reflecting the excellence of our researchers and research.”

ARWU uses six indicators to rank universities, one of which is based on the list of Highly Cited Researchers published annually by Clarivate Analytics. With three researchers in the most recently published list – Emeritus Professor William Bond, Professor Vicki Lambert and Associate Professor Darren Martin – UCT achieved the top score in the country for this indicator, which contributes 20% to the final ARWU score.