UKZN ranked third top university in SA

World ranking body, University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) has placed the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) third among 16 universities in South Africa and 369th among 2000 Higher Education Institutes (HEI) across the world.

The URAP 2016-2017 world ranking methodology is based on academic performance and is determined by the quality and quantity of scholarly publications and international research collaboration performance. With its weighty focus on academic performance URAP is considered to be a much truer representation of the academic standing of a university, as compared with other international ranking bodies.

As a research-led university, UKZN is proud of this achievement, more especially as it is the only university in South Africa to have maintained its position in the world rankings and also improved on its scoring since last year.

The deputy vice-chancellor of research at the institution, Professor Deresh Ramjugernath, said the university has a new strategic plan which emphasises the need for conducting more impactful research and increasing international collaboration.

“We believe that the URAP is a good ranking system when looking at research outputs and international collaborations. It confirms UKZN’s standing as a leading research intensive university in South Africa and on the African continent,” he said. The University of Cape Town and the University of the Witwatersrand placed first and second respectively.

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