University Of Pretoria QS Ranking

by Israel Boafo Bansah

University Of Pretoria QS Ranking

University Of Pretoria QS Ranking, The University of Pretoria (UP) has improved its global position significantly in four of the five broad subject areas in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject report, published on 28 February.
Overall, UP is ranked in the 501-550 rank range. With around 26 000 universities globally, this puts UP in the top 1,9% of universities worldwide.
In Social Sciences and Management (ranked 255) the University moved up 87 places while in the Arts and Humanities (ranked 264) the University improved its position with 61 places. Engineering and Technology, which was placed last year in the 450-500 bracket, now ranks at position 375 – the second highest placing in South Africa. The broad area of Life Sciences and Medicine also saw improvement from position 383 in 2017 to 348.
The broad subject areas are made up of 48 subjects and UP is listed amongst the top 500 universities globally for the following 15 subjects:
Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies (top 100), Agriculture and Forestry (top 150) and in the top 200 universities for Law, Archaelogy, and Architecture.
For Education, UP was placed in the top 250 universities worldwide and was ranked in the top 300 universities globally for Sociology, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. With regards to Electrical Engineering and Economics, UP was placed in the top 350 universities and in the top 400 universities for Biology and Medicine. UP was also ranked for Computer Science and Chemistry, placing in the top 450 and 500 universities worldwide, respectively for these subjects.
The QS World University Rankings rank the top tertiary institutions around the world against several indicators, including academic reputation, employer reputation, number of citations per faculty, student to faculty ratio, international faculty, and international students. This allows the quality of universities to be compared and ranked against their peers. In addition to scoring and ranking universities on their overall results, QS also publishes separate subject rankings.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

The 2018 edition of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings ranked the top South African universities as follows:[3]

SA Rank World Rank University
1 171 University of Cape Town
2 251-300 University of the Witwatersrand
3 351–400 Stellenbosch University
4 401-500 University of KwaZulu-Natal
5 375 University of Pretoria
6 601-800 University of Johannesburg
7 601-800 University of the Western Cape
8 801-1000 University of South Africa

QS World University Rankings

The 2014-15 edition of the QS World University Rankings ranked the top South African universities as follows:

SA rank World rank University Arts & Humanities Engineering & IT Life Sciences & Medicine Natural Science Social Sciences
1 141 University of Cape Town 108 294 100 220 116
2 318 University of the Witwatersrand 148 249 204 280 800000
3 390 Stellenbosch University 237 268 356 283
4 471–480 University of Pretoria 283 349 241
5 501–550 University of KwaZulu-Natal 366

Previous years’ world rankings are as follows (before 2010 the ranking was known as the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings):

SA rank University 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
1 University of Cape Town 257 200 176 146 161æ
2 University of Witwatersrand 322 282 319 321 360
3 Stellenbosch University
4 University of Pretoria 509 469 501–600 401–500 451–500
5 University of KwaZulu-Natal 484 487 401–500 501–600 501–550


The 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities has ranked the top South African universities as follows:

SA rank University 2014 2013 2012 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
1 University of Cape Town 201–300 201–300 201–300 201–300 201–302 201–302 203–304 201–300 203–300 202–301 251–300
2 University of the Witwatersrand 201–300 301–400 301–400 301–400 303–401 303–401 305–402 301–400 301–400 302–403 451–500
3 Stellenbosch University 401–500 401–500 401–500 401–500 402–501 402–503 403–510 401–500 401–500 404–502 451–500
4 University of KwaZulu-Natal 401–500

Note: These are the only ranked South African universities.

Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)

The 2015 edition of CWUR ranked the top South African Universities as follows:

SA Rank World Rank University
1 149 University of the Witwatersrand
2 248 University of Cape Town
3 401 University of KwaZulu-Natal
4 500 Stellenbosch University
5 678 University of Pretoria

International Rankings for Additional Context

University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP)

URAP, which is a newer ranking scheme based solely on quantitative measures of academic productivity, includes data for a larger number of global universities, and thus gives an alternative view of the relative standing of more South African institutions. The 2016-2017 edition of URAP ranked the top South African Universities as follows:[29]

SA Rank World Rank University
1 240 University of Cape Town
2 316 University of Witwatersrand
3 369 University of KwaZulu-Natal
4 418 Stellenbosch University
5 459 University of Pretoria
6 706 University of Johannesburg
7 796 North-West University
8 906 University of the Western Cape
9 1061 Rhodes University
10 1081 University of the Free State
11 1121 University of South Africa
12 1311 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
13 1511 Tshwane University of Technology
14 1904 University of Limpopo
15 1907 Cape Peninsula University of Technology
16 1924 Durban University of Technology

Business-oriented rankings

Several international rankings schemes focus on the placement of graduates in business settings.

Times Higher Education Alma Mater Index

This is another THE ranking which aims to measure the real world success of a University’s alumni by ranking Universities according to the number of their graduates that are currently CEOs of Fortune Global 500 companies. The global number one for 2017 is by a considerable margin, Harvard University. The only African University that appears on the Global top 100 is the University of the Witwatersrand. The 2017 South African rankings are as follows:[30]

SA Rank World Rank University
2 54 University of the Witwatersrand

Tredence-Emerging Global Employability University Ranking

This is a global ranking of universities by the perceived quality of their graduates by top employers around the world. The only African university in the top 150 is the University of the Witwatersrand. The 2013 ranking is as follows:[31]

SA Rank World Rank University
1 139 University of the Witwatersrand

Bloomberg Billionaire Ranking

This ranks universities according to their popularity among US based billionaires. The only ranked South African university is the University of the Witwatersrand. The 2014 ranking is as follows:[32]

SA Rank World Rank University
1 8 University of the Witwatersrand

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