By Ashok Ramsarup :: One of South Africa’s leading higher education institutions – the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) – has been ranked among the top 400 best performing universities in the world. This is according to the latest 2020/2021 Times Higher Education (THE) rankings, placing the university in the 351-400 band.
The achievement marks a milestone thus marking a significant improvement from the previous ranking in the top 500 (401 – 500) in the 2019/2020 cycle. The new developments place it in the fourth position among South African universities in the country.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings were carried out among 1,400 universities across 92 countries. THE research-led universities used a number of calibrated performance indicators that measured an institution’s performance, including teaching, research citations, industry funding, and international outlook. The KwaZulu-Natal based university excelled at the top of the comparable scale for research and citations.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Professor Deresh Ramjugernath said: “This is a great achievement by the University. In the past few months, the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) put UKZN in the top 2.4% of universities globally, placing the institution 477 out of 20 000 universities in the world.
Professor Ramjugernath commented that the rankings had been the outcome of the efforts and dedication of staff and students to scholarly and scientific work, reaffirming the excellent standing as a research-intensive institution of international standing.
“These are difficult times for universities throughout the world, but we will meet them with the same resolve and strengths that have delivered these outstanding results and achievements,” added Professor Ramjugernath.
Ashok Ramsarup is award-winning senior journalist of South Africa