Top 10 Universities in South Africa 2018

Released today, the QS BRICS University Rankings features 12 top universities in South Africa, based on a methodology which assesses each institution on eight key performance indicators, including its research impact and reputation among academics and employers. The BRICS ranking, first launched in 2013, aims to highlight the 300 of the most prestigious institutions in the five major emerging economies of the BRICS countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Read on for an overview of the 10 highest-ranked South African universities in this year’s BRICS, plus information on how each institution performed in the latest QS World University Rankings® and QS World University Rankings by Subject.

10. North-West University

The last in our look at the top 10 South African universities is North-West University, ranked 181-190 in BRICS and in the 801-1000 range of the world rankings. Formed by a merger of Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education and the University of North-West in 2004, the university now has three campuses and more than 64,000 students. Although it doesn’t feature in the subject rankings, it does achieve three QS Stars, with a five star score for innovation.

9. University of the Free State

Ranked 161st in BRICS this year, the University of the Free State (UFS) is a public, multi-campus university in Bloemfontein in the province of the Free State. Founded in 1904 as Grey College, UFS now has around 39,440 students in seven faculties and three campuses.

It’s boasted a 221 percent research output increase since 2010, and also has 18 international research partnerships.