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UKZN continues to perform well in university rankings

A new ranking by the Informatics Institute at the Middle East Technical University, Turkey, listed the top 18 universities in South Africa in which the University of KwaZulu-Natal secured third place.

With a score of 350.33, UKZN was bested by the University of Cape Town (384.22) in first place and the University of the Witwatersrand (358.00) in second place.

The URAP is a research-only ranking using indicators that measure the quality, quantity and impact of publications, as well as international collaboration. The overall score of each HEI is based on its performance over several indicators, including current scientific productivity, research impact, research quality and international acceptance. Data is gathered from Web of Science and other sources, which provide lists of higher education institutes (HEIs), the group said.

The University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) for 2019 differs from other widely published rankings by not precluding the lower-end of institutions, particularly in developing nations. With 18 South African universities making the list for the 2018/19 review period, the latest list is the most comprehensive look at South Africa's HEIs.

Among South Africa's 18 ranked universities, the position remains virtually unchanged from 2017/18's list, with the exception of one university.

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