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Wits in 6th place in BRICS rankings

- Wits University

University moves up the ranks.

The University of the Witwatersrand now occupies sixth position on the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2016, moving up from 14th place last year.

The rankings that were released on 2 December 2015 include institutions from the 48 countries classified as emerging economies.

The ranking uses the same 13 performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings. It examines each university’s strengths against all of its core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

“We are indeed pleased that Wits has risen from position 14 to 6 in the last year in the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings,” Wits Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Professor Zeblon Vilakazi said.

He said that the rise in this ranking could be largely attributed to the significant increase of research output by approximately 32% in 2013 and 2014 with about 85% of all publications in accredited international journals.

“In addition, we have had an increase in the number of highly rated scientists at Wits, leading local and international scholars joining Wits, as well as hosting the largest number of DST/NRF Centres of Excellence in the country.

“This is part of Wits’ commitment to being a nationally responsive and globally competitive institution. However, we believe that as a University we should not be detracted by the various ranking systems,” Vilakazi added.