Stellenbosch University (SU) is maintaining its steady performance on the global university rankings and consolidating its place among the world's best tertiary institutions. Having appeared on three major university rankings in 2020, it now also features on the 2021/22 list of top 2 000 universities compiled by the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR). This latest achievement puts SU among the top 1,4% of universities globally.
This year, CWUR ranked 19 788 institutions, and those that came out on top made the global 2 000 list. SU is ranked at number 435 – only slightly lower than last year – and is one of 13 South African universities on the list.
The CWUR list, which has been issued annually since 2012, is regarded as the largest academic ranking of universities globally. Tertiary institutions are scored on four criteria – quality of education (25%), alumni employment (25%), quality of faculty (10%) and research performance (40%) – without relying on surveys and universities' own data submissions.
In March this year, SU ranked among the world's top universities on the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings as well.