These are the 9 best universities in South Africa – with one topping the world rankings

Quacquarelli Symonds has published its latest QS World University Ranking for 2023, showing that the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg has made way for a new number two in South Africa.

Neighboring institution, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has continued to climb the global rankings for the past four years to become the second highest ranked university in the country.

UJ is the only local institution to consistently climb the rankings in recent years – going up from the 601-650 range in 2018/19, to the 551-560 range in 2019/20, and then to the 501-510 band in 2020/21.

In 2021/22, UJ moved to third place locally (434 overall), and now in 2022/23, its ranks second locally, and 412th overall.

Wits University, which previously held and maintained its second place locally, dropped to third place, and also dropped the international rankings – from 424th to 428th position.

While the University of Cape Town maintains its position as the best-placed tertiary institution in South Africa – it also saw its rankings slide worldwide, from 226th in 2021/22 to 237th in 2022/23.

UJ Vice-Chancellor and Chief Professor Tshilidzi Marwala said: “This is a great achievement and recognition for UJ, seeing as 2,462 institutions were analyzed and 1,422 institutions were ranked in the 2023 edition of the QS World University Rankings.

“The latest global rankings confirm the fact that our academic programs are up to date with international standards, as we continue our mission to position UJ as the international university of choice, rooted in Africa and dynamically shaping the future. . “

University 2022 rankings 2023 rankings
University of Cape Town 226 237
University of Johannesburg 434 412
University of the Witwatersrand 424 428
Stellenbosch University 482 454
University of Pretoria 601-650 591-600
Rhodes University 801-1000 801-1000
University of KwaZulu-Natal 801-1000 801-1000
North-West University 1001-1200 1001-1200
University of the Western Cape 1001-1200 1001-1200


The QS ranking is based on a mix of survey responses and hard data across six indicators, compiled and weighed to formulate a definitive score.

More than 80,000 academics and 40,000 employers contributed to the ranking through the QS global surveys, while QS said it analyzed millions of citations from millions of papers, and 1,400 institutions were ranked.

The largest indicator of the ranking, accounting for 40% of the total score, is based on academic reputation, with insight from 130,000 expert opinions.

Academic reputation is measured by a global survey, in which academics were asked to identify the institutions where they believe the best work is currently taking place within their field of expertise.

The 2022/23 ranking has two new indicators – International Research Network and employment results.

“These are both unweighted this year, which means they do not affect the overall score or rank of a university. Instead, they are included so that QS can gather feedback from institutions before including them fully in the rankings in the methodology of next year, “the group said.

The current indicators and scores are:

  • Academic reputation (40%)
  • Employer Reputation (10%)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio (20%)
  • Citations per faculty (20%)
  • International faculty ratio (5%)
  • International student ratio (5%)

Global performance

Worldwide, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) continues its unbroken streak as the best tertiary institution in the world.

For the 11th year in a row, MIT remains the number one university in the world by QS metrics. The University of Cambridge has risen above Oxford University to now be the top university in the UK, while Stanford University and Harvard University retained their position from last year.

While there are no new entrants in this year’s top 10, Cornell University has climbed back into the world’s top 20 after dropping out last year. The University of Beijing continues to climb in the rankings after rising from 38th five years ago to now 12th.

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These are the 9 best universities in South Africa – with one topping the world rankings

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