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BRICS university rankings - Does SA make the grade?

South Africa’s top university, Cape Town, is in 14th place in the QS University Rankings.

Stellenbosch University. Picture: Facebook

JOHANNESBURG - The QS University Rankings: BRICS published a comparison of the Top 400 institutions in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the five major emerging national economies.

The rankings were published shortly after the Chinese Parliament endorsed the formation of the BRICS Development Bank.

The agreement had already been recognised in India and China.

The New Development Bank, also known as the BRICS Bank, will finance infrastructure and development projects in BRICS countries, which are likely to include higher education related investments to further increase the global competitiveness of these economies.

Martin Ince, convenor of the QS global academic advisory board says:

"The BRICS nations share a desire to grow in economic and political importance without copying the Western model of development. This ranking exists to see how this ambition is being reflected in their university systems."

The 2015 results confirm that China is strengthening its dominant position while India has seen a rise of more than 50 per cent in the number of institutions listed in the top 200 in the latest ranking 31 versus 20

According to the rankings, China has seven of the top 10 places while Brazil, India and Russia have one apiece and South Africa none.

Ince commented that South Africa was the smallest of the BRICS nations by some distance, and its population of 54 million would add up to a single province in China, home to 1.37 billion people.

"In addition, South Africa has ferocious social and political problems to which there is no overnight solution. But it is also a technologically advanced nation, and the richest per capita in Africa." Ince said.

South Africa's top university, Cape Town, is in 14th place in the QS University Rankings:BRICS , down five from 2014.

UCT is the country's top institution on almost any measure, and is the best-placed of 11 South African universities among the top 200. T

This means that South Africa has 5.5 per cent of the BRICS' top universities despite comprising only 1.7 per cent of the population of the BRICS nations. In addition, eight of these 11 are in the top 100.

Read the comparative rankings between 2014 and 2015 below.

2015

2014

Institution

1

1

TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY

2

2

PEKING UNIVERSITY

3

5

FUDAN UNIVERSITY

4

3

LOMONOSOV MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY

5

-

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE BANGALORE

6=

8

SHANGHAI JIAO TONG UNIVERSITY

6=

4

UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF CHINA

8

6

NANJING UNIVERSITY

9

7

UNIVERSIDADE DE SÃO PAULO (USP)

10

14

BEIJING NORMAL UNIVERSITY

14

9=

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

28=

31

UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND

34

34

STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY

49

46

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

67

63

UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG

68

60=

UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL

79

76=

RHODES UNIVERSITY

100

92

UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE

121-130

101-110

UNIVERSITY OF THE FREE STATE

151-200

151-200

NELSON MANDELA METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

151-200

151-200

NORTH-WEST UNIVERSITY

201+

201+

UNIVERSITY OF FORT HARE

201+

201+

UNIVERSITY OF LIMPOPO

201+

201+

UNIVERSITY OF ZULULAND

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