Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

South Africa Dominates in Top Tier of Rankings Pilot

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

South Africa Dominates in Top Tier of Rankings Pilot

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THE crafts first top 15 table for African academy based on research influence. Ellie Bothwell writes

South Africa is the top performer in a snapshot of what a new ranking for African universities could look like.

The University of Cape Town is first place in a top 15 table based on research influence drawn up by Times Higher Education, while its national rival, the University of the Witwatersrand, comes second.

In third place, a lone Ugandan institution - Makerere University - bridges South Africa's domination of the top five, with Stellenbosch University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal taking fourth and fifth place respectively.

Overall, South African institutions make up more than half the list with eight universities featured, while Morocco has two institutions represented: the University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad at 10th and the University of Hassan II Casablanca at 15th.

The ranking was formulated using Elsevier's Scopus database to highlight some of the continent's top performers in terms of how often research papers are referred to and cited by other academics across the globe, ahead of THE's inaugural Africa Universities Summit. The full table containing the top 30 universities in the region will be revealed at the event, which is being held at the University of Johannesburg on 30 and 31 July.

The summit will hold the first public consultation on proposals for a full THE Africa University Rankings, which would be based on the foundations of the flagship THE World University Rankings but would feature a bespoke range of metrics designed to meet the region's specific challenges. …

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