Accolades

Top 10 International Awards 

  • The global higher education analysts Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University 2019/2020 rankings placed UWC in the Top 1 000 universities in the world.
  • The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) rankings independently grades 20 000 universities - and included UWC in the Top 1 200 universities in the world in 2019 and 2020.
  • Year after year, UWC has been featured among the top 1 000 universities by the University Rankings by Academic Performance (URAP). 
  • UWC has placed in the top 800 in the the global Times Higher Education (THE) rankings every year since 2013, and has consistently been rated by THE as one of South Africa’s top eight universities. 
  • UWC has ranked among the top 200 in the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies Rankings every year since the inaugural ranking in 2014 - reaching a record 115th spot in 2020.
  • In 2019, UWC made its inaugural appearance in the US News & World Report 2020 Best Global Universities rankings - and we haven’t left the list since.
  • In 2019 and 2020, Times Higher Education’s University Impact Rankings classified UWC as one of the top 200 universities with regards to research, outreach and stewardship of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The 2019/2020 URAP World University Rankings by subject ranked UWC among the world’s top 1 000 universities in Medicine & Health Sciences (844), Physical Science (470) and Economics (383), and placed UWC 157th worldwide when it comes to Astronomy & Astrophysics.
  •  The Times Higher Education (THE) Gold Age University Rankings 2019, released at the end of June 2019, saw the University placed within the top 150 universities that had been established for more than 50 years but less than 80 years.
  • UWC has been crowned Africa's Greenest Campus three times (in 2012, 2014 and 2018) since the African Green Campuses Initiative hosted its inaugural Annual Green Campuses Conference in 2012.