South Africa’s Wits University has been ranked Africa’s best university for 2016.
Wits University was ranked at the top of Shanghai’s Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) as the best in continent Africa.
The 2016 Shanghai Ranking results also, ranked the University of the Witwatersrand at the 203rd best in the world in terms of its increasing research output.
Aside Wits University, other South African universities – the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal – were listed in the 500 best university across the globe.
Speaking, Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research at Wits celebrated the South African universities ranked among the top 500 in the world.
According to Vilakazi, it shows the quality status of the South African higher education system.
“At Wits,” Vilakazi said, “our research output has increased substantially in the last few years.
…This achievement is a culmination of work done over many years by our researchers. We are truly appreciative of this recognition, and we are particularly appreciative of our researchers, scientists, students and alumni to whom these accolades really belong.”
Also commenting, Wits’ Mohammed Moola said: “We are quite happy that we are regarded as the best university in Africa. But we also say that you have got to take this in the context in which it comes because various rankings use different criteria for their ranking purposes.”
It’s on record that the University of the Witwatersrand was one of the founders of the African Research Universities Alliance.
The institution is highly, research-intensive. Wits is well known for its outstanding performance in subatomic physics and other fields of fundamental science.
Also, it has made major contribution to applied areas such as healthcare and the challenges of deep-level mining. Thus, it’s not surprising it’s ranked Africa’s best university.
Late Nelson Mandela is the most famous alumnus of the university. He studied law in Wits.