Top 5 Best Universities In South Africa. Education is a very important aspect of life. It has secured the future for most people. One has to choose carefully though where they get their education, more so tertiary education. The following local Universities are among the best we have, and their records speak for themselves.
1. University of Cape Town
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is the oldest university in the country. It dates back to 1829 when it was founded as the South African College. During its long history it has played a key role in the opposition against apartheid, and now has one of the most diverse student communities in South Africa.
2. University of the Witwatersrand
Wits University, is located on multiple campuses in northern Johannesburg. It’s internationally recognized as a leading institution for paleo sciences, boasting the largest fossil collections in the Southern hemisphere. It also has major roots in the mining industry, and came 15th in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018 for mineral & mining engineering.
3. University of Pretoria
The University of Pretoria (UP) is one of the largest and oldest South African universities (founded in 1908). UP earned top-20 scores for two of the BRICS indicators: employer reputation and international faculty. It offers more than 1,800 programs in Afrikaans and English, and operates seven campuses as well as other sites such as the Pretoria Academic Hospital.
4. Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch University is located in the small town of the same name. Stellenbosch is one of the oldest institutions in the country, having been established in 1918 (though it has roots as far back as 1864). It now has more than 29,000 students and five campuses, and has cemented a reputation as a world-class institution.
5. University of Johannesburg
Another of the top universities in South Africa to have been formed by a merger, is the University of Johannesburg. It earned a very high score (ninth in the ranking) for the percentage of international faculty members indicator, and was also ranked in the top 50 in BRICS for the international students indicator, with more than 3,000 of its 50,000 students coming from outside South Africa.