South Africa Info is reporting that the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings has named the University of Cape Town as Africa’s top university. Quacquarelli Symonds, a British education research company, released the rankings placing two African universities on the coveted list.
Lucille Davie reports:
“According to the rankings, the University of Cape Town is Africa’s top university, moving up nine places to 145 from 154 last year. The country’s second-highest ranked institution, Wits University in Johannesburg, improved by a huge 50 positions to 313.
The next-highest ranked African university is the American University of Cairo at 348, up by 44 places from 392 last year.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) currently has 416 National Research Foundation (NRF)-rated researchers, including 33 A-rated scientists. Wits University has 16 A-rated scientists and around about 250 NRF-rated scientists.
Some of South Africa’s other universities were also ranked: the University of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape at 387, the University of Pretoria in Gauteng in the 471-480 range, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the 501-550 range.
Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape was rated between 551-600, while the University of Johannesburg was ranked for the first time, falling in the 601-650 range.”
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), Harvard University and the University of Cambridge topped the list.
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