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UWC celebrates 102nd Times Higher Education ranking

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UWC celebrates 102nd ranking in 2017 Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings list

UWC celebrates 102nd ranking in 2017 Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings list

The University of the Western Cape ranked 102nd in the prestigious Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings for 2017.

The inclusion of UWC in THE BRICS & Emerging Economies rankings is a significant achievement, meaning UWC is almost in the top 100 institutions in the 50 countries included in the analysis.

The BRICS & Emerging Economies rankings considers institutions from the 50 countries classified as emerging economies (advanced and secondary) or “frontier economies” by FTSE.  But institutions from only 41 of these counties made the final top 300 list. UWC’s place in this ranking of the best research-led universities in the developing world is a significant achievement.

The ranking uses the same 13 rigorous performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings, examining each university’s strengths against all of its core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. But the methodology had been carefully re-calibrated to better reflect the characteristics and development priorities of universities in developing economies. More weight is given, for example, to a university’s industry and international outlook.

Phil Baty, Editor, THE World University Rankings, said: "It is no easy task to appear in the 2017 BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings, which use the same 13 rigorous and demanding performance indicators as the overall World University Rankings. Institutions must demonstrate high standards of performance across teaching, research, international outlook and knowledge transfer and compete with other leading research universities across 50 emerging economy countries. We only rank the very best universities from this cohort, so to make the top 300 list is a great achievement in itself and the University of the Western Cape should be heartily congratulated."​

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