UKZN in fifth place in Africa

2015-07-15 06:00
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The University of KwaZulu-Natal has placed fifth in the Africa university rankings.

PHOTO: nicole john The University of KwaZulu-Natal has placed fifth in the Africa university rankings.

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THE University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has ranked fifth in the Africa university rankings with South African universities dominating the top five spots and sees the University of Cape Town taking top spot.

Global higher education experts, Times Higher Education (The), have revealed a snapshot of what the first ranking devoted to African universities might look like.

The university rankings provider has revealed the top 15 universities in the region, based solely on their scores for research influence, in other words, how much African universities’ research papers are referred to and cited by other academics across the globe.

To be included in this future-gazing table, an institution must have published a minimum of 500 research papers in the five-year period assessed with at least 50 papers per year.

Speaking on the initial rankings, Lesiba Seshoka­, executive director of corporate relations division at UKZN, said this is a step in the right direction.

“The snapshot of what the first ranking devoted to African universities might look like by Times Higher Education is a move in the right direction.

“Africa, as a region, has its own challenges which are different from other continents and as such it is appropriate that African universities are ranked as a group first and then as part of the bigger world,” she said.

The snapshot released by The is based only on research influence and gives an indication of which universities in Africa are research intensive.

“The University of KwaZulu-Natal is in position five, clearly indicating that in just 10 years, we have made a mark on the continent and in the world. This is the culmination of the hard work from our academics, students and staff in general.

“When one looks at the top five, the separation in terms of the overall score is a mere 10 points.”

The top 30 universities in the region will be revealed at the inaugural Times Higher Education Africa Universities Summit on 30 and 31 July at the University of Johannesburg

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