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UKZN ranks 332 in latest Best Global Universities rankings

UKZN is ranked fourth in SA in the latest Best Global Universities rankings.
UKZN is ranked fourth in SA in the latest Best Global Universities rankings.

UKZN tied for number 332 in the world’s top universities in the 2021 US News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings released earlier this week.

The Best Global Universities rankings measure academic research performance, such as highly cited research papers, and the global and regional reputations of nearly 1 500 of the world’s top universities from more than 80 countries.

The university placed fourth out of 57 institutions in Africa and ranked number 61 out of 250 institutions for space science, based on research performance in the field. UKZN ranked fourth in South Africa, after the University of Cape Town, the University of the Witwatersrand and Stellenbosch University.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research at UKZN, Professor Deresh Ramjugernath, remarked on the research excellence at the university and commended its academics and research scholars for putting the institution on the global map.

"Now, more than ever, the academic prowess of a university is able to make a real difference in the lives of our fellow citizens. The behind the scenes work of staff and students must be focused on addressing social and economic challenges to improve the lives of all our people," said Ramjugernath. "I am delighted at this acknowledgement of the hard work of our students, academics and researchers."

The seventh annual US News & World Report Best Global Universities rankings compare how universities perform globally, providing insight for prospective international students looking to study abroad. The 2021 Best Global Universities rankings are based on data and metrics provided by Clarivate, a research and analytics firm.

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Words: Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer [email protected].

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