UCT health sciences scores in THE world rankings

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The University of Cape Town (UCT) has been ranked 72nd in the world for clinical, pre-clinical and health in the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings by subject. A further three subjects were ranked: psychology was placed in the 101-125 band (only the top 100 are given specific places in the rankings), life sciences ranked 151-175, and physical sciences ranked 301-400.

Subject ratings are based on the same 13 indicators as for the overall rankings. Grouped in five categories, the methodology is recalibrated to suit the individual fields.

Across all fields, however, the three most heavily weighted indicators are teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), and citations (a measure of research influence), followed by international outlook (referring to staff, students and research), and industry income (as a measure of innovation).

Health sciences at UCT ranks consistently highly across the different world university ranking systems. Immunology and clinical medicine both featured in the top 100 of the US News 2018 Best Global Universities, while anatomy and physiology were ranked in the top 100 of Quacquarelli Symonds 2018.

In September, UCT maintained its position as South Africa’s top tertiary institution – and the leading university on the continent – with a jump of 15 places from 171st to 156th position in the 2019 THE World University Rankings results.

Welcoming the latest results, UCT deputy vice-chancellor for research and internationalisation, Professor Michael Kyobe, said they reflected the university’s world-class health sciences teaching and research accomplishments.

“We have and continue to be extremely strong in this area, and we’re delighted to see our status confirmed by such a respected source of the definitive list of the world’s best universities,” he said.

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