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Author: Media & Communication, Faculty of Science
Published: 07/10/2021

​​Stellenbosch University has made it into the top 500 universities in the world for Computer Science, according to the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Subject Rankings for Computer Science.

Stellenbosch University (SU) came in at 491 for Computer Science, with another five South African universities making it onto the list: the University of Cape Town at 519, the University of Pretoria at 574, the University of KwaZulu-Natal at 689, the University of the Witwatersrand at 792 and Tshwane University of Technology at 887.

Prof Bernd Fischer, head of SU's Computer Science Division, says he views the ranking as confirmation of their long-term approach: “In teaching, we put a strong emphasis on fundamentals and independent work. We have a significant practical component, and most modules involve independent project work. In research we focus on a number of core areas, such as software development, theoretical computer science, data science and artificial intelligence."

Almost all the lecturers have doctoral degrees and are research active and the division is home to the only two A-rated computer scientists in the country (an A-rating by SA's National Research Foundation means that a researcher is unequivocally recognised by their peers as a leading international scholar in their field).

“Our students are highly sought after by industry, and many are offered position before they graduate," he adds.

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