The University of KwaZulu-Natal has been ranked as the fourth best university in South Africa and Africa by the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR).
This is according to the centre’s 2021-22 Global 2000 List.
UKZN features as one of the top 2,5% of universities out of 19 788 worldwide.
The centre publishes the largest academic rankings of global universities and is a leading consulting organisation providing policy advice, strategic insights, and consulting services to governments and universities to improve educational and research outcomes.
Professor Mosa Moshabela, acting deputy vice chancellor of research at UKZN, welcomed the results.
He said it confirms the university’s continued position as a leading research-intensive university in Africa and the world.
“Whilst there are many other attributes that characterise UKZN as a top university in Africa ... it is always a pleasure to see how we perform as an institution relative to our peers nationally and globally.
“It is in this light that we view the latest CWUR, and appreciate that we remain among the top universities in South Africa, Africa and the world.
“We shall endeavour to keep striving for excellence, increased growth and greater impact of this university as we journey together in the 21st century,” he said.
Moshabela added that UKZN could not have achieved this latest feat without the immense and tireless contribution from its academics and students who drive the institution’s research outputs, as well as the resulting scientific and societal impact.
“The alumni community of UKZN plays a major role in influencing the standing of the university nationally and internationally, and we are very grateful for their continued support long after they have left the institution.”