Thirteen South African universities make it into Best Global Universities Rankings

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"Allowing students to compare each school's standing". (Ariel Skelley/Getty Images)
"Allowing students to compare each school's standing". (Ariel Skelley/Getty Images)

The names of the 13 South African universities to make the Best Global Universities Rankings (BGUR) were recently released. 

The 2021 Best Global Universities Rankings is the seventh annual report compiled by U.S. News, which looked at a total of 86 countries to name the world’s top 1,500 universities. 

In a statement, U.S. News said that universities are ranked according to "13 indicators that measure their academic research performance and their global and regional reputation". 

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Included among the 13 indicators were Publications, International collaboration and Global research reputation. 

"Each of the school's profile pages on Usnews.com lists the overall global score as well as numerical ranks for the 13 indicators, allowing students to compare each school's standing in each indicator". 

Here's a look at the top local universities according to the 2021 Best Global Universities Rankings: 

  • University of Cape Town

#1 in Best Universities in South Africa

#103 in Best Global Universities 


  • University of Witwatersrand 

#2 in Best Universities in South Africa

#192 in Best Global Universities


  • Stellenbosch University

#3 in Best Universities in South Africa

#321 in Best Global Universities


  • University of KwaZulu Natal

#4 in Best Universities in South Africa

#332 in Best Global Universities


  • University of Johannesburg

#5 in Best Universities in South Africa

#378 in Best Global Universities 


  • University of Pretoria

#6 in Best Universities in South Africa

#444 in Best Global Universities


  • North West University - South Africa

#7 in Best Universities in South Africa

#564 in Best Global Universities 


  • University of the Western Cape

#8 in Best Universities in South Africa

#729 in Best Global Universities 


  • University of South Africa

#9 in Best Universities in South Africa

#921 in Best Global Universities


  • Rhodes University

#10 in Best Universities in South Africa

#925 in Best Global Universities 


  • University of the Free State

#11 in Best Universities in South Africa

#949 in Best Global Universities 


  • Tshwane University of Technology

#12 in Best Universities in South Africa

#1,044 in Best Global Universities 


  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

#13 in Best Universities in South Africa

#1,254 in Best Global Universities 


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