Saturday, August 25, 2018

These are the top universities in South Africa based on their performance in 38 subjects

The Informatics Institute recently published its
Universal
Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) for
subjects
, listing the world’s top universities
according to how they excel in various fields of study.
The ranking lists the top 1,000 universities in the world
across 61 fields of study (some rankings are limited to top 500
or top 200, depending on how narrow the field is), with 12
South African universities ranked in 38 of them.
The University of Cape Town was by far the top performer in the
country, ranking among the world’s best in 32 of the 61
subjects – having a unique placing in four of them.
Stellenbosch University is the second-best performer, ranking
in 24 subjects, followed by the University of Pretoria (22
subjects), and Wits University and the University of KwaZulu
Natal tied, being ranked in 21 fields, each.
However, where UKZN stands apart from Wits is its unique
placing in three subjects where no other South African
universities featured. Where Wits stands out, is its top 10
placing for Anthropology and Archeology – the only South
African university to rank within the top 10 at all for any
subject.
The key focus of the URAP is on academic performance,
which is measured on six academic performance indicators.
Since URAP is an academic performance based ranking,
publications constitute the basis of the ranking methodology,
it said. Both quality and quantity of publications and
international research collaboration performance are used as
indicators.
The overall score of each university is based on its
performance over several indicators, including current
scientific productivity, research impact, research quality and
international acceptance.
This is how South Africa’s universities performed. Unique
listings have been highlighted.

University of Cape Town
SubjectRanking
Archeology14
Anthropology19
Human Movement and Sports Sciences62
Marine Sciences and Technology77
Studies in Human Society86
Veterinary Sciences108
Environmental Sciences118
Urban Planning130
Philosophy132
Earth Sciences143
Astronomy and Astrophysics149
Agriculture149
Psychology150
Zoology153
Sociology155
Medical and Health Sciences159
Historical Studies175
Biological Sciences176
Geology191
Education204
Psychology and Cognitive Sciences208
Language, Communication and Culture212
Pharmacology and Pharmacy265
Economics314
Neurosciences320
Molecular Biology and Genetics337
Physical Sciences372
Technology497
Mathematical Sciences593
Engineering695
Information and Computing Sciences749
Chemical Sciences787

Stellenbosch University
SubjectRanking
Zoology85
Agriculture95
Historical Studies110
Food Engineering112
Environmental Sciences152
Philosophy158
Language, Communication and Culture219
Biological Sciences227
Psychology260
Education278
Studies in Human Society311
Medical and Health Sciences328
Geology337
Psychology and Cognitive Sciences353
Earth Sciences354
Economics425
Molecular Biology and Genetics436
Pharmacology and Pharmacy452
Engineering465
Mathematical Sciences567
Technology599
Chemical Sciences713
Information and Computing Sciences724
Physical Sciences805

University of Pretoria
SubjectRanking
Veterinary Sciences47
Zoology49
Agriculture127
Language, Communication and Culture137
Archeology167
Anthropology177
Biological Sciences231
Environmental Sciences254
Economics255
Studies in Human Society349
Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services394
Engineering435
Molecular Biology and Genetics447
Medical and Health Sciences449
Earth Sciences464
Geology467
Information and Computing Sciences475
Technology570
Mathematical Sciences575
Electrical and Electronic Engineering633
Psychology and Cognitive Sciences714
Chemical Sciences852

University of KwaZulu Natal
SubjectRanking
Zoology107
Philosophy144
Astronomy and Astrophysics150
Agriculture198
Environmental Sciences241
Environmental Engineering268
Biological Sciences270
Physical Sciences274
Studies in Human Society323
Medical and Health Sciences330
Pharmacology and Pharmacy333
Geology339
Earth Sciences351
Engineering392
Chemical Sciences395
Chemical Engineering411
Mechanical Engineering491
Mathematical Sciences530
Psychology and Cognitive Sciences548
Electrical and Electronic Engineering664
Technology684

Wits University
SubjectRanking
Archeology4
Anthropology5
Studies in Human Society74
Zoology89
Language, Communication and Culture157
Geology166
Earth Sciences186
Medical and Health Sciences216
Biological Sciences310
Agriculture337
Psychology378
Environmental Sciences381
Psychology and Cognitive Sciences422
Pharmacology and Pharmacy426
Economics441
Mathematical Sciences460
Physical Sciences600
Technology606
Engineering623
Electrical and Electronic Engineering695
Chemical Sciences908

University of Johannesburg
SubjectRanking
Studies in Human Society267
Geology320
Earth Sciences371
Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services385
Chemical Sciences546
Physical Sciences654
Engineering777
Biological Sciences804
Technology907

North-West University
SubjectRanking
Zoology199
Education274
Psychology410
Pharmacology and Pharmacy487
Psychology and Cognitive Sciences552
Medical and Health Sciences696
Physical Sciences720
Chemical Sciences873

Rhodes University
SubjectRanking
Marine Sciences and Technology163
Agriculture379
Environmental Sciences402
Biological sciences656
Physical Sciences721
Chemical Sciences969

University of the Free State
SubjectRanking
Agriculture497
Physical Sciences873
Biological Sciences933
Chemical Sciences945
Technology962

University of the Western Cape
SubjectRanking
Astronomy and Astrophysics162
Physical Sciences494
Medical and Health Sciences843
Chemical Sciences934

Nelson Mandela University
SubjectRanking
Environmental Sciences428
Agriculture478
Biological Sciences724

Tshwane University of Technology
SubjectRanking
Engineering972

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