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Stellenbosch University maintains position on Emerging Economies Rankings
Author: Corporate Communication & Marketing / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie & Bemarking [Alec Basson]
Published: 20/10/2021

​Stellenbosch University (SU) is still one of the top universities within the emerging economies in the world. 

This was confirmed by the latest Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings 2022 released on Tuesday 19 October. SU claimed 24th position overall, and third in South Africa. This is quite a remarkable achievement given that a record number of 698 universities from 50 countries and regions qualified for the 2022 ranking. This is a 15% increase from 2021 (606).

According to the THE, the Emerging Economies University Rankings use the same 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators as the THE World Universities Rankings to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments – but the weightings are recalibrated to reflect the characteristics of the emerging economy universities. It includes only institutions in countries or regions classified by the Financial Times Stock Exchange as “advanced emerging", “secondary emerging" or “frontier".

The performance indicators are grouped into five areas: Teaching (the learning environment); Research (volume, income and reputation); Citations (research influence); International outlook (staff, students and research); and Industry income (knowledge transfer).   

The institution endeavours to become Africa's leading research-intensive university, globally recognised as a place of excellence, innovation, and where knowledge is advanced in service of society.

  • In September, the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) World Universities Rankings ranked SU in the category 251–300 out of more than 1600 universities from 93 countries.