Times Higher Education ranks UCT as one of the world’s most international universities

Panorama view of University of Cape town

On January 25, Times Higher Education (THE) released its ranking of the Most International Universities in the World 2023 and the University of Cape Town placed 57th. UCT is also the only university in Africa to make the cut.

THE uses data compiled in the annual THE World University Rankings to develop the list. It uses information about the university’s proportion of international students (25%), international staff (25%), journal publications with at least one international co-author (25%) and international reputation (25%).

UCT has a high proportion of international students and staff, collaborates on research with scholars across the world, and has a strong reputation globally. Research suggests that diverse communities of students improve the teaching and learning experience, while opportunities for students to spend time abroad better prepare them to become global citizens.

“This recognition as one of the most international universities globally demonstrates UCT’s close and long-standing collaborations with leading universities and research centres across the continent and the world,” said UCT Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation Professor Sue Harrison. “One of the university’s aims, as part of our Vision 2030, is to help bring African knowledge generation and thought leadership to the world. And a global footprint is critical to doing so.

For the third year in a row the University of Hong Kong took the top spot in the THE Most International Universities ranking. Swiss universities École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and ETH Zurich held onto the second and third slots, though in different order to last year.

City University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Hong Kong Polytechnic University are in fourth, fifth and sixth positions respectively.

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Article by Jedidah Mwangi