consistently shines in rankings

Let’s celebrate

Prof Dan Kgwadi, vice-chancellor and principal of the NWU, emphasised that although ranking is not a goal the university wants to pursue, the university celebrates its achievements in the rankings.

“It contributes to the NWU’s dream to be an internationally recognised university in Africa and the world, distinguished for engaged scholarship, social responsiveness and an ethic of care.

“We take these achievements with us on our journey to continued excellence in the higher education sector.”

 Prof Dan Kgwadi, NWU vice-chancellor and principal.

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The NWU has proven itself to be an academic institution where excellence continues to triumph. This is evident in its constant good achievements in rankings by various international ranking agencies.

The university has continued to climb the rankings ladder after laying good foundations in previous years, celebrating achievements in 2018 and 2019. Since the beginning of 2020 the university has had very good showings in respected rankings agencies’ listings.


These include rankings by the Academic Ranking of World Universities in July, the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) in June, and the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings in February. It was also the first time the NWU was featured in the THE Young University Rankings, which were announced in June. We also did very well in the latest ranking by the THE, announced on 20 September.

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