Based on the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, South Africa features the leading two universities in Africa, along with the only African university which is rated in the top 200 globally. The QS World University Rankings rate roughly 23 500 colleges and universities throughout the world.
This past year, the University of Cape Town (UCT) moved up 2 places to 156th and continues to be Africa’s top-ranked university. The University of the Witwatersrand jumped 36 places in this years rankings to 363. The 3rd best African university is the American University of Cairo which came in at position 39.
The next-highest ranking South African institutions include the University of Stellenbosch, the University of Pretoria, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
SA needs to invest in high-level research
Nhlanhla Cele, director of strategic planning at the University of the Witwatersrand, explained to the SA Press Association the fact that South Africa found it necessary to follow the lead of other nations like China, the US, Australia and the UK and make investment and spending money on high-level research and education a top priority. If the country wants to compete in the global arena then we will have to increase our financial commitment. South African institutions need to concentrate on global competitiveness, local transformation and skills development, high level research and top end graduates stated Cele.
Rankings are essential mainly because they, without a doubt, establish a perception about a particular university. In the event that top students, academics and researchers are seeking globally as to where they would most like to study or work, they normally use the leading ranking systems as a key factor of reference.
Studying abroad is on the rise
Based on the rankings, significantly more students are choosing to study abroad more than ever before.
A significant trend evident in the latest QS World University Rankings is definitely the significant surge in the volume of international students in the world’s highest ranked universities. The total figure has grown by 10 percent at the top 100 universities; the most significant surge in the history of the rankings. And it’s not merely the top end universities either. Based on the research, on average, universities ranked in the top 700 currently host approximately 4% more international students.
Based on data from international trade and research organization OECD, approximately 4.1-million students studied abroad in 2010, a growth of 0.4-million from the previous year. It is predicted that the figure could possibly increase to seven-million by the year 2020.