South Africa’s University of Cape Town (UCT) has been ranked the top tertiary institution on the continent and the 155th out of the 200 best universities around the globe listed in the World University Rankings.
According to Phil Baty, Times Higher Education chief knowledge Officer, “This new ranking provides further clear evidence of a shift in the balance of power in the global knowledge economy from the established higher education systems in the west to those in parts of the East”.
Baty said this trend was likely to accelerate further as the coronavirus pandemic indicated a perfect storm of huge challenges for primarily Western universities, particularly those in the US and UK, who faced the very real risk of losing significant international student talent and thus billions of dollars in fees.
This is not the first time UCT has been listed among the best performing universities in the world. In July, UCT was ranked 220 in the 17th edition of the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings report.
With regards to the top 200 representation, the United Stated dominates with 59 spots, while the United Kingdom is next with 29 followed by Germany with 21. Overall, European representation is in a steady decline, losing nine places in the last five years as a result of China, Australia, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Canada all gaining positions.
“We have observed the rise of Asia in the world rankings for several years now, but this year marks a major milestone, as mainland China’s Tsinghua University disrupts the traditional domination of Western universities at the top of the table, breaking into the top 20 for the first time, and as mainland China doubles its representation in the top 100,” said Baty.