12 May 2021 | Story Lacea Loader

The University of the Free State (UFS) was among the 13 South African universities that recently featured in the 2021-2022 list of the top 2 000 universities compiled by the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR). 

In recent years, the UFS has progressively improved its ranking and has overtaken the University of the Western Cape to be ranked eight, after being ninth during 2020. This is the only change in the South African university rankings for 2021/2022.

The CWUR grades universities on four factors without relying on surveys and university data submissions: quality of education (25%), alumni employment (25%), quality of faculty (10%), and research performance (40%). This year, 19 788 institutions were ranked, and those placed at the top made the global 2 000 list.

“This is a significant achievement, and I am proud that the UFS could rise in the rankings. The CWUR is the largest academic ranking of global universities; we will continue working towards achieving an even greater result next year,” said Prof Francis Petersen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS. 

The three campuses of the University of the Free State. 


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