Top Universities in South Africa

There are 23 public universities in South Africa which offer a wide range of courses and research opportunities. In all international rankings South African institutions lead the way in Africa.

Founded in 1829, University of Cape Town is the oldest university and the highest ranked research institution in South Africa, with more "A" rated scientists than all other South African institutions.

* Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings 2009:
Rank, Institution, (World Rank)
1 University of Cape Town (146)
2 University of the Witwatersrand (321)
3 University of Pretoria (401–500)
4 University of KwaZulu-Natal (501–600)

* Top 3 South African Institutions by Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking 2009:
1. Univ Cape Town (201–302)
2. Univ Witwatersrand (303–401)
3. Univ KwaZulu-Natal (402–501)

Source: Academic Ranking of World Universities
Ranking Method: Quality of Education (10%) Quality of Faculty (40%) Research Output (40%) Size of Institution (10%)

* Top 10 South African Universities by Webometrics (January 2010):
Rank University
1 University of Cape Town
2 University of Pretoria
3 Stellenbosch University
4 University of the Witwatersrand
5 Rhodes University
6 University of KwaZulu-Natal
7 University of the Western Cape
8 University of South Africa
9 University of the Free State
10 University of Johannesburg

Source: Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. Cybermetrics Lab, National Research Council, Spain

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