26 Oct

Top universities for 2018



SA makes 11 of the top tertiary learning institutions to study at next year

US News & World Report has released their list of the 2018 best global universities and 11 top South African learning institutes made the cut.

The report evaluated 1250 universities across 74 countries, which is the largest and most comprehensive assessment of universities globally. The rankings include an examination of the leaders in key academic subject. US News used a separate methodology to publish the top global universities in 22 subject areas.

The indicators are based on Web of Science data for the five-year period from 2011 to 2015. The Web of Science is an online research platform that covers more than 18 000 scholarly journals worldwide in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.

Top Universities in South Africa:

 SA #   Global #      University
1 113 University of Cape Town
2 216 University of Witwatersrand
3 336 University of KwaZulu-Natal
4 359 Stellenbosch University
5 453 University of Pretoria
6 457 University of Johannesburg
7 731 University of the Western Cape
8 781 North-West University
9 925 Rhodes University
10 1019 University of the Free State
11 1034 University of South Africa


On a ranking by subject basis, UCT featured in 14 subjects including several medical related courses and Space Science, where it ranks in the top 150 institutions globally.

The University of the Witwatersrand was placed second, scored in seven of the report’s 22 subjects, including Social Sciences and Public Health while it also scored favourably in several medical subjects.

Stellenbosch University ranked for agricultural related subjects in agricultural sciences (90th) and environment/ecology (125th), with the University of Pretoria scored well for Plant and Animal Science (63rd).

University of Cape Town

Subject Ranking
Microbiology 65
Social Sciences and Public Health 81
Clinical Medicine 91
Environment/Ecology 113
Plant and Animal Science 130
Space Science 149
Psychiatry/Psychology 150
Arts and Humanities 151
Geosciences 171
Physics 178



Subject Global Rank
Agricultural Sciences 90
Plant and Animal Science 142
Immunology 154
Clinical Medicine 292
Social Sciences and Public Health 292


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