The University of Johannesburg (UJ) was noted by QS University Rankings: BRICS as one of three South African higher education institutions that have climbed the rankings in 2016. The rankings that feature a dedicated ranking of the top 250 universities in the five countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was released in July 2016..
Ranked at position 63, four position higher than in 2015, UJ has improved its overall score. The ranking also sees UJ maintaining it 5th position in South Africa.
Significantly, an enlarged QS survey database, high levels of competition and an increased pool of BRICS universities assessed, are the factors that account for most of the top SA universities dropping in ranking. The ranking is based on eight performance indicators, reflecting global reputation, internationalisation, academic staff levels, and research production and impact.
In terms of individual criteria, UJ received favourable ratings for its proportion of international faculty, and for its employer reputation and international students. These two indicators highlight the international standard of UJ’s teaching and learning as well as its outstanding reputation among academics and the employers of its graduates alike.
It also achieved high ranking for its academic reputation and for the quality of its research as measured by the number of citations per research paper.
The University is delighted with this recognition and its performance in the context of a ranking system that is dominated by huge numbers of Chinese and Russian universities, and in which SA is the smallest player.
A full comparison of the Top 250 institutions in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the five major emerging national economies can be viewed at Top Universities.