The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has released its 2014 list, revealing which South African universities have made the cut, as well as who comes out on top.
How exactly are they ranked? Well, the ranking system integrates six objective indicators to rank the universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes; highly cited researchers; and articles published in journals of Nature and Science, among others.
According to the ARWU ranking, only four SA universities made the top 500, with the top two being the University of Cape Town and the University of Witwatersrand. Both of them fell within the top 201-300, while the only other two South African universities listed – Stellenbosch and the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal – were ranked between 401-500.
Check out the universities which featured on the list and their score which followed (calculated by BusinessTech):
- University of Cape Town – 15.37
- University of Witwatersrand – 14.79
- University of Kwa-Zulu Natal – 10.24
- Stellenbosch University – 9.66
In the overall rankings, Harvard University once again topped the table as the highest ranked university in the world.