Did your university make the top 100 in emerging economies?

2013-12-05 08:28

The University of Cape Town is ranked among the top five institutions within Brics and other emerging economies.

The maiden Times Higher Education Brics and Emerging Economies Rankings 2014 has ranked UCT at number three out of 100 universities.

The University of Witwatersrand came in at number 15. The universities of Stellenbosch and KwaZulu-Natal are at number 21 and 45 respectively, while the University of Pretoria, the last of the South African contingent, was ranked number 78.

China was confirmed as the strongest nation in the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and emerging economies, with the universities of Peking and Tsinghua taking the two top places.

Four of the top 10 and 23 of the top 100 universities are also in China.

Indian institutions make up 10% of the list, including nine top 50 places.

Brazil’s flagship institution, the University of São Paulo, just misses out on a top 10 position, coming in at number 11.

Russia has only two top 100 players, with Lomonosov Moscow State University 10th and St Petersburg State University 67th.

Speaking on behalf of The Times Higher Education Rankings 2014, Matt de Leon said: “It is often argued that South Africa has too many pressing national concerns to worry too much about whether its universities are able to compete globally. Its academy clearly faces many challenges commanding attention on the ground, such as poverty, inequality and an inadequate infrastructure.

“But despite these local challenges, this ranking clearly demonstrates that South Africa’s leading research universities are competing well at the global level.”

He said the production of world-class, ground-breaking research should not be the preserve of the rich and powerful.

“Indeed, it is essential to the progress of developing countries. It is clear that South Africa understands this.”

The new rankings, he said, were a subsidiary of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and are based on the same tried and tested range of 13 separate rigorous performance indicators used to create the world rankings. The University of Cape Town came in at number 126 on the World Universities Rankings.

Said De Leon: “This innovative ranking analyses many more countries than the traditional five large growing Brics nations, first identified 12 years ago and now considered too narrow to be truly meaningful.

“Going beyond Brics better reflects the current economic landscape and provides rich new data on a wider range of exciting advancing economies with excellent prospects. Some 22 countries classified as emerging economies by FTSE have also been analysed.”

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