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UCT retains its spot among top 40 most international universities

University of Cape Town building.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) continues to list in international ranking systems. Filed Photo.

Published Feb 4, 2021


The University of Cape Town (UCT) continues to list among the best in international ranking systems.

UCT has maintained its position in the recently released 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) list of the 200 most international universities. These are the institutions which collaborate on research across the world, have a strong reputation globally and have a high proportion of international students and staff.

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Times Higher Education is a magazine which focuses specifically on news and higher-education related issues. Research indicates that having a diverse community of students improves the teaching and learning experience. Having experience as an international student better prepares participants to become global citizens.

At 39th in the world, UCT is the only African university on the list, joining the University of Hong Kong (first), ETH Zurich (second), the Chinese University of Hong Kong (third) and University of Oxford (fourth), as institutions with the strongest global links based on their share of international students, staff and publications, as well as their international reputations.

UCT’s delighted, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Internationalisation Professor Sue Harrison, said: "Though we have always fostered collaboration as a means to achieve our ambitious research objectives, the global events of the past year have especially underscored the absolute necessity of continuing to work across borders and disciplines to solve complex challenges.

"It is thus wonderfully gratifying to be recognised for our commitment to an internationally diverse teaching and learning research community."


Times Higher Education, compiles its ranking of international universities using a sub-set of information collected for its World University Rankings 2021: the international student score, international staff score, international co-authorship score and international reputation scores.

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Only institutions that received 100 votes or more in the international reputation survey and at least 50 votes or 10% of the available domestic votes qualify for inclusion in the rankings.

THE subject rankings

During October last year, UCT also ranked in the top 100 globally for clinical and health, in the 2021 rankings by subject. Both subjects tied at 66th position, while the university’s social sciences and education ranked in the 101 to 125 band.

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