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UNISA Ranks Among the Top Eight Universities in SA in a Prestigious Ranking



UNISA Ranks Among the Top Eight Universities in SA in a Prestigious Ranking

UNISA Ranks Among the Top Eight Universities in SA in a Prestigious Ranking. The University of South Africa (UNISA) has recently achieved a significant milestone by securing the eighth position in the QS World University Rankings, affirming its dedication to research excellence and global academic standards.

Commitment to Research Excellence

UNISA commitment to research excellence has played a pivotal role in its ascent to the top echelons of South African universities. Vice-Principal Thenjiwe Meyiwa commended the university’s academics for consistently producing relevant and internationally acclaimed research, positioning UNISA as an attractive destination for high-quality academics and students.

QS World University Rankings

The QS World University Rankings, published annually by the British education consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), are considered among the most influential global university rankings. Institutions undergo rigorous evaluation based on factors such as academic reputation, employment outcomes, international research network, and citation per faculty.

UNISA Ranking and Achievements

UNISA proudly claims its spot within the 851-900 band in the QS World University Rankings. This achievement reflects the unwavering dedication and hard work demonstrated by the university’s academics in pursuit of academic excellence. Notably, UNISA maintains its distinction as the leading distance learning institution globally.

Comparisons with Other Universities

In comparison to other South African universities, UNISA surpassed institutions such as Rhodes University, University of the Western Cape, and University of the Free State. The university’s eighth position showcases its standing as a frontrunner in the nation’s academic landscape.

African Rankings and International Collaboration

On a continental scale, UNISA shares the 851-900 band with Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, securing the 11th position. This international collaboration underscores UNISA commitment to fostering global academic partnerships.

Noteworthy Trajectories and Subject Rankings

UNISA has demonstrated significant upward trajectories in critical areas such as international research network and employment outcomes. Additionally, the university has excelled in various subject fields, including Education and Training, Materials Science, Physics and Astronomy, and Chemistry.

Sustainability Rankings

Beyond academic prowess, UNISA has been recognized in sustainability rankings, with noteworthy scores in knowledge exchange, impact of education, and health and wellbeing.


UNISA impressive eighth-place ranking in the QS World University Rankings is a testament to its unwavering commitment to research excellence, global collaboration, and academic distinction. As the university looks ahead to 2024, the hope is for continued success and an even higher standing on the global stage.

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