The University of Cape Town has been named South Africa’s best university, according to global education analyst Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), which ranks the world’s top 1 000 universities

The rankings were released on Wednesday and saw three of the eight South African universities represented having improved their positions.

No South African universities were featured in the top 100.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology was named the world number-one university for a record eighth consecutive year, and was followed by Stanford and Harvard in second and third place respectively.

Key findings for South Africa included:

  • Based on eight ranked universities, South Africa is the 29th-most-represented university location in the world
  • University of Cape Town is South Africa’s most-improved university and has risen two places
  • Universities in South Africa perform best on Citations Per Faculty in terms of average rank
  • University of Cape Town has the highest marks in terms of Employer Reputation
  • University of Cape Town is most recognised for Academic Reputation
  • University of Johannesburg has the strongest Faculty Student Ratio
  • Rhodes University has the highest International Student Ratio
  • University of The Witwatersrand has the largest International Faculty Ratio
  • Stellenbosch University has the most productive Faculty, as measured by Citations Per Faculty

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Global highlights include:

  • The UK’s top institution – and Europe’s – is the University of Oxford, which has risen to fourth. Its compatriot competitor, the University of Cambridge, has dropped to seventh
  • Due to a collapse in employer recognition and increasing class sizes, the United Kingdom’s 84 universities experienced their third-worst performance on record
  • Continental Europe’s best university is ETH Zurich, which has risen to sixth – its highest-ever rank
  • Asia’s top two universities are both Singaporean once again: the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University both rank 11th
  • Latin America’s highest-ranked university is the Universidad de Buenos Aires, which, placing 74th, is the continental leader for the fifth consecutive year

Author: ANA Newswire