Friday, September 9, 2011

UKZN ranked among top 500


The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is based at the Shanghai Jiaotong University in the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). For the last eight years, the University of KwaZulu-Natal has been ranked in the top 500 Universities in the World by the ARWU. The ARWU rankings are based on the academic and research performance of tertiary institutions globally. More than 1 000 universities are ranked by the ARWU annually but the names of only the best 500 are published.

The ARWU uses a number of objective criteria to rank universities such as the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel prizes and Field medals; the number of highly cited researchers selected by Thompson Scientific; the number of articles published in the journal Nature and Science and the number of articles indexed in the Science Citation Index.

The Universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Town, Witwatersrand and Cairo were the only universities ranked in Africa among the five hundred top universities in the world.

In a separate poll the following universities were found to be the most popular in the world:
  1. Stanford University, US
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US
  3. University of California, Berkeley,US
  4. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
  5. Michecan State University, US
  6. Indiana University,US
  7. Yale University, US
  8. Beijing University, China
  9. Purdue University, US
  10. Shanghai Jiaotong University, China.
Pieter Rautenbach

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