This places UP firmly into two global rankings, with the other being the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. Vice-chancellor Prof. Cheryl de la Rey was in Melbourne for the announcement. Prof. de la Rey also participated in a panel discussion on international universities and their agreement with local communities.

As a multi-faculty and research-intensive university, UP stands among the top universities in South Africa in terms of research output and impact, and produces the highest number of graduates in South Africa annually.

Prof. de la Rey said that UP’s achievement in the rankings was a reflection of the progress that the university was making in actualising its vision of becoming a leading research-intensive university in Africa and the world at large.

“The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, now in their 12th year, apply rigorous standards, using tough global benchmarks across all of a global research university’s missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfers and international outlook. The results are trusted by students and their families, academics, university leaders and governments. For the University of Pretoria to make it into the world rankings is an outstanding achievement to be celebrated,” said the editor of the THE World University Rankings, Phil Baty.

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