The latest University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) for 2020 has been published, listing the 18 top universities in the country. The URAP differs from other widely published rankings by not precluding the lower-end of institutions, particularly in developing nations.
Most ranking systems cover up to top 500 universities around the world, which mostly represents institutions located in developed countries, the group said. “Universities from other countries around the world also deserve and need to know where they stand among other institutions at global and national levels,” it said. With 18 South African universities making the list for the 2020 review period, it is the most comprehensive look at South Africa’s higher education institutes (HEIs). The ranking is based 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 HEI is based on its performance over several indicators, including current scientific productivity, research impact, research quality and international acceptance.
Below are the top 18 best Universities for 2020.
18. University of Venda (41.97 Score)
The University of Venda is a South African Comprehensive rural based university, located in Thohoyandou in Limpopo province. It was established in 1982 under the then Republic of Venda government.
17. University of Fort Hare (63.14 Score)
The University of Fort Hare is a public university in Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It was a key institution of higher education for black Africans from 1916 to 1959 when it offered a Western-style academic education to students from across sub-Saharan Africa, creating a black African elite.
16. Cape Peninsula University of Technology (85.99 Score)
Cape Peninsula University of Technology, a university in Cape Town, South Africa, is the only university of technology in the Western Cape province, and is also the largest university in the province, with over 32,000 students. It was formed by merging the Cape Technikon and a various independent colleges.
15. University of Limpopo (90.49 Score)
The University of Limpopo is a university in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. It was formed on 1 January 2005, by the merger of the University of the North and the Medical University of South Africa.
These previous institutions formed the Turfloop and MEDUNSA campuses of the university, respectively.