Cape Town - Five South African tertiary institutions, including UCT and Stellenbosch, have been ranked among the top 100 universities in the Brics countries and emerging economies.
UCT, ranked fourth overall, emerged as the top South African institution in The Times Higher Education Brics and Emerging Economies Rankings 2015, which were released on Wednesday.
Stellenbosch University also earned a spot in the top 20, climbing from 21 last year to 17.
Wits was 14th, the University of KwaZulu-Natal 47th and Pretoria University 77th.
“Some argue that South Africa has more important national priorities for improving basic education before it seeks to ensure its universities compete on the world stage - but these rankings show that it already has several institutions able to hold their own at a global level,” said Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education rankings.