Universities in Cape Town, South Africa
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Latest ranking updates related to universities in Cape Town
  • 06 Mar, 2024: Publication of Scimago Institutions Rankings. University of Cape Town with highest ranking among universities in Cape Town ranked #364.
  • 25 Jan, 2024: THE World’s Most International Universities updated with University of Cape Town in position 55.
  • 19 Dec, 2023: Urap published most recent results of URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance. Includes 2 universities from Cape Town.
  • 15 Dec, 2023: Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments - ShanghaiRanking (Sport Science) updated with University of Cape Town in position 31.

Rankings of universities in Cape Town, South Africa 2024

  • #1 
  • #167 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #1 
  • #173 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 27 June, 2023]
  • #1 
  • #364 
Scimago Institutions Rankings
[Published 06 March, 2024]
Show 19 more rankings of University of Cape Town and subject specific rankings for 10 subjects

  • #18 
  • #2871 
Scimago Institutions Rankings
[Published 06 March, 2024]
  • #17 
  • #2365 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 19 December, 2023]
  • #10 
  • #70 
StuDocu World University Ranking - EMEA - Europe, the Middle East and Africa
[Published 06 September, 2021]
Show 1 more rankings of Cape Peninsula University of Technology

#3

Milpark Business School, Milpark Education


Highest subject rankings of universities in Cape Town

Marketing QS World University Rankings By Subject
#20 
Milpark Business School, Milpark Education
Anthropology URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#26 
University of Cape Town
Education THE World University Rankings by Subject
#92 
University of Cape Town
Medicine QS World University Rankings By Subject
#94 
University of Cape Town
Geology QS World University Rankings By Subject
#101 
University of Cape Town
Law THE World University Rankings by Subject
#126 
University of Cape Town
Agriculture URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#160 
University of Cape Town
Linguistics QS World University Rankings By Subject
#201 
University of Cape Town
Environmental Engineering URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#246 
University of Cape Town
Mathematics QS World University Rankings By Subject
#401 
University of Cape Town

Cape Town Key Facts for International Students

2 out of 3 Universities in Cape Town Ranked in at least one ranking

22 Different Rankings list Universities in Cape Town (17 institution and 5 subject rankings)

16 Global Rankings rank Universities in Cape Town Among TOP 200

Population: 4710000

Time: GMT +2

District/province: Western Cape, City of Cape Town

Living costs for students in Cape Town:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 58* (42% cheaper than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 51* (49% cheaper than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 46* (54% cheaper than London)
  • Average Big Mac price 44.32 ZAR
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University of Cape Town is ranked best in Cape Town for Social Studies & Humanities (Anthropology). See all rankings for the University of Cape Town.

University of Cape Town is ranked best in Cape Town for Education (Education). See all rankings for the University of Cape Town.

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University of Cape Town is ranked best in Cape Town for Engineering (Environmental Engineering). See all rankings for the University of Cape Town.

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Ranking publishers

British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:

Academic Reputation 40% Employer Reputation 10% Faculty/Student Ratio 20% Citations per faculty 20% International Faculty Ratio 5% International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:

Employer reputation 30% Alumni outcomes 25% Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25% Employer/Student Connections 10% Graduate employment rate 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS University Rankings BRICS:

Academic reputation 30% Employer reputation 20% Faculty/student ratio 20% Staff with a PhD 10% Papers per faculty 10%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:

Research Performance: 40%

  • Research Output: 10%
  • High-Quality Publications: 10%
  • Influence: 10%
  • Citations: 10%

Quality of Education: 25%

Alumni Employment: 25%

Quality of Faculty: 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:

Scientific Impact Number of Publications Collaboration Open Access Gender Diversity

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:

Research Productivity: 25%

  • # Articles last 11 years: 10%
  • # Articles current year: 15%

Research Impact: 35%

  • # Citations last 11 years: 15%
  • # Citations last 2 years: 10%
  • Average # citations last 11 years: 10%

Research Excellence: 40%

  • H-index last 2 years: 10%
  • # Highly cited papers last 11 years: 15%
  • # Articles current year in high-impact journals: 15%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Academic:

Article count (AC) Fractional count (FC) Weighted fractional count (WFC)

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RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:

Teaching: 40%

  • Ratio Faculty/Student: 8%
  • Ratio Faculty/Bachelor Degrees Awarded: 8%
  • Ratio Faculty/Doctoral Degrees Awarded: 8%
  • Ratio Doctoral Degrees Awarded/Bachelor Degrees Awarded: 8%
  • World Teaching Reputation: 8%

Research: 40%

  • Citations per Academic/Research Staff: 8%
  • Doctoral Degrees per Accepted PhD: 8%
  • Normalized Citation Impact: 8%
  • Papers per Academic/Research Staff: 8%
  • World Research Reputation: 8%

International Diversity: 10%

  • International Faculty: 2%
  • International Students: 2%
  • International Co-Authored Papers: 2%
  • Reputation Outside Geographical Region: 2%
  • International Level: 2%

Financial Sustainability: 10%

  • Institutional Income per Faculty: 2%
  • Institutional Income per Student: 2%
  • Papers per Research Income: 2%
  • Research Income per Academic/Research Staff: 2%
  • Research Income per Institutional Income: 2%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Academic Rankings:

Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20% Citation per papers 20% Papers per academic and research staff 20% International research reputation 20% Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:

Teaching Reputation 50% Research Reputation 50%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings:

Research 50% Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:

Quality of Education 10%

  • Alumni winning Nobel Prizes/Field Medals 10%

Quality of Faculty 40%

  • Staff winning Nobel Prizes/Field Medals 20%
  • Highly Cited Researchers 20%

Research Output 40%

  • Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
  • Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded & Social Science Citation Index 20%

Per Capita Performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings:

30% Teaching (the Learning Environment)

  • Reputation survey: 15%
  • Staff-to-student ratio: 4.5%
  • Doctorate-to-bachelor’s ratio: 2.25%
  • Doctorates-awarded-to-academic-staff ratio: 6%
  • Institutional income: 2.25%

30% Research (Volume, Income and Reputation)

  • Reputation survey: 18%
  • Research income: 6%
  • Research productivity: 6%

30% Citations (Research Influence)

7.5% International Outlook (Staff, Students and Research)

  • Proportion of international students: 2.5%
  • Proportion of international staff: 2.5%
  • International collaboration: 2.5%

2.5% Industry Income (Knowledge Transfer)"

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Emerging Economies University Ranking - Times Higher Education:

Teaching 30% Research (volume, income and reputation) 30% Citations 20% International outlook (staff, students, research) 10% Industry income (knowledge transfer) 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World’s Most International Universities:

Proportion of international students 25% Proportion of international staff 25% Proportion of journal publications with one or more international co-authors 25% University’s international reputation 25%

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Urap

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:

Visibility 50% Excellence 35% Transparency 10% Presence 5%

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