The University of Cape Town (UCT) is now ranked No. 191 in a survey which ranked nearly 1000 universities from across the globe. Released on 8 June 2017, the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings confirmed that UCT was one of the world’s best 200 tertiary education establishments. South Africans can be proud to know that two of the three other African universities on the expanded list are also located within the country’s borders.
Those other universities include The American University of Cairo, ranked 395, as well as The University of the Witwatersrand and Stellenbosch University. The latter establishments were respectively ranked at 364 and 361 in the survey. Educational development at these universities accounts for a large portion of South Africa’s foreign-originated income. International student permits can cost as much as $2000 (over R25k) per learner.
The process which determines the university rankings is based on a combination of responses gained from conducting surveys, together with “hard data across six different indicators”. More than 100 000 participants contribute to the survey, whereby more than 70 000 academics and 30 000 employers partake in providing the data required.
The determining factors to rank universities are segmented into six factors:
- Academic reputation (40%)
- Employer reputation (10%)
- Student-to-faculty ratio (20%)
- Citations per faculty (20%)
- International faculty ratio (5%)
- International student ratio (5%)
The largest contributing factor, academic reputation, requires academics to rate other universities based on the perceived quality of work currently taking place within their field of expertise.