THE announced its rankings for 2021 on Wednesday, 2 September 2020. It is only the second year that the NWU has participated in the THE World University Rankings. Globally, the NWU is ranked between 501 and 600 out of more than 1,500 universities across 93 countries and regions that were evaluated for the 2021 rankings.
The THE University Rankings are considered to be the largest and most diverse university rankings to date. They consider research-intensive universities across all their core missions, which include teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
According to THE, it uses 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons that are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.
THE groups performance indicators into five areas: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citations (research influence); international outlook (staff, students and research); and industry income (knowledge transfer).
Like last year, the NWU achieved its top position in the area of citations. The university is ranked among the top five universities in South Africa in the area of citations. THE explains that the citations show how much each university is contributing to the sum of human knowledge. It is, therefore, an indicator that the value of the NWU's research is recognised in the global scholarly community.
For more information about the 2021 World University Rankings, visit https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2021/world-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats
This announcement is another building block in the NWU’s ranking excellence this year. The THE has also ranked the NWU among the top five in its Emerging Economies University Rankings, which were released in February. Overall, the NWU was placed in position 109 out of the 533 universities from 47 countries. Apart from the NWU, nine other South African universities were also ranked.
It was also the first time the NWU was featured in the THE Young University Rankings, which were announced in June.
The NWU has continued to climb the rankings ladder after laying good foundations in previous years, celebrating achievements in 2018 and 2019 as well.
In addition to THE’s rankings, the NWU also received favourable rankings by the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) and the Academic Ranking of World Universities in June and July 2020 respectively.
Prof. Dan Kgwadi, vice-chancellor and principal of the NWU, says the latest good showing in international rankings reaffirms the NWU’s commitment to quality education and its dedication to be an internationally recognised university in Africa, distinguished for engaged scholarship, social responsiveness and an ethic of care.
“Although the rankings are not at the top of our priority list, we welcome and celebrate the recognition of the good work done by our staff and students. I thank all our staff and students for their contribution in ensuring that the NWU lives up to its purpose to excel in innovative teaching-learning and cutting-edge research that benefits society.”