South Africa’s University of Cape Town (UCT) has been rated in the top 100 of universities throughout the world with regards to eight of its subject areas, as reported by the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.
When it comes to education and training it placed 32nd and at the same time has been included in the top 100 for earth and marine sciences, politics, psychology, law and legal studies, history and archaeology, geography and English language and literature.
In a statement released by the university the the spokesperson was quoted as saying that the university has been regarded as being one of the leading universities on the continent of Africa while the consistent performance in the world rankings answers the question concerning the the university’s unconditional commitment to quality research and the reality that the education on offer is is of the highest quality.
The most recent QS World University Ranking by subject is the third time the research has been undertaken. Over 2800 universities ended up being evaluated whilst 678 of these acquired a ranking position.
Nineteen subjects of the UCT’S curriculum were contained in the 30-subject ranking, with agriculture, civil engineering and politics being rated for the very first time.
UCT’s deputy vice chancellor, Danie Visser, explained the fact that the actual methodology of the QS survey is substantially influenced by how other academics and employers imagine and think of a specific university. Mr Visser explained that the university was incredibly pleased by the fact that the university had successfully registered internationally as well as placed in the top 100 in eight subject areas as well as in the top 200 in 19 different areas.
QS Surveys in addition takes into account citations per faculty, staff-student ratio as well as the level of internationalization by the proportion of international students and faculty.
“Since UCT’s research impact is above the world average in many areas and because we have a very good proportion of international students, these indicators would tend to boost our scores,” Visser said.