THE placed UP between 501 and 600 in the world, 6th in Africa, and 77th among universities in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and other countries with emerging economies. The THE rankings uses six groups of performance indicators to rank universities: performance in the teaching environment, research volume, income and reputation, citations, international outlook, and industry income. The THE rankings placed the University of Cape Town (UCT), the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Stellenbosch University (SU), and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) above UP in the rankings, with UCT being ranked first among universities in Africa.

QS ranks UP between 501 and 550 in world rankings, and 49th among BRICS countries. QS rankings use six groups of performance indicators to rank universities: academic reputation, employee reputation, student-to-faculty ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio, and international student ratio. UCT is the highest ranked South African university at 171st in the world rankings and 14th in the BRICS rankings.

The URAP rankings were established by the Informatics Institute of the University of the Middle East in 2009 and focuses on academic quality. The URAP rankings place UP 490th in world rankings, 6th among African universities, and 5th among South African universities. They rank universities based on academic performance, the research output of a university, how often the research of a university is cited, and the impact of the research. UCT, Wits, SU and UKZN were placed above UP in South African rankings, and UCT was placed first among African.


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