Prof Lourens van Staden, Vice-Chancellor and Principal.
Prof Lourens van Staden, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, commended the TUT family for the University’s continuous performance improvements. “Universities should be judged by their performance, rankings, research outputs, innovation and student success. A rating such as this one by Times Higher University Rankings, is once again a confirmation that TUT is on the right track,”
The Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings 2020 includes only institutions in countries classified by the London Stock Exchange’s FTSE Group as “advanced emerging”, “secondary emerging” or “frontier”.
Mainland China has increased its dominance in Times Higher Education’s latest ranking focused on developing countries, but South Africa and Saudi Arabia outshine the country based on average performance.
South Africa, with University of Cape Town in 10th position, came out the top performer based on countries’ average overall score among institutions in the top 200. It achieved an average score of 41.3 out of 100, while Saudi Arabia, which joined the ranking for the first time after gaining “secondary emerging” status in the FTSE list last year, is second with a score of 40.3. Mainland China is third with a score of 39.3. Only institutions with at least five universities were included in the analysis.
The rankings use the same 13 performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings to judge institutions on their teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. But they are recalibrated to reflect the development priorities of universities in emerging economies.
Mainland China has claimed the top four places in the ranking and is also the most-represented country overall, with 81 institutions. Russia, Taiwan and South Africa are the only other territories that feature in the top 10.
India maintained its second position in the country list based on representation, with 56 institutions, while Brazil is third with 46.
Saudi Arabia is home to the top new entrant in the stable – King Abdulaziz University at 13th place – after the country gained “secondary emerging” status in the FTSE list last year.