“It is quite evident that we are making enormous strides in reaching our dream to be an internationally recognised university in Africa, distinguished for engaged scholarship, social responsiveness and an ethic of care.


“Not only have we excelled in innovative learning and teaching and cutting-edge research, but we are also benefiting our society through knowledge.”


- Prof Dan Kgwadi, vice-chancellor


NWU among top 5% universities in the world

The recently published rankings by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) indicate that we are indeed climbing the ladder of world-ranked universities.

We improved our ranking by close to 100 positions, moving up from 964 to 869. As a result, the NWU is now among the top 4,8% of the approximately 18 000 universities evaluated worldwide.


We stay at number seven in terms of the CWUR’s ranking of South African universities, but that does not mean we have been standing still. Compared to other local universities, the NWU has improved its position the most by far.


Education and faculty members under scrutiny


The CWUR publishes the only global university ranking that measures the quality of education and training of students, as well as the stature of the faculty members and the quality of their research. Unlike other organisations, the CWUR does not base its rankings on data submitted by universities or gathered through surveys.


The CWUR uses seven objective and robust indicators to rank the world's top 1 000 universities:


Quality of education, measured by the number of alumni who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals relative to the university's size (weighting of 25%)


Alumni employment, measured by the number of alumni who have held CEO positions at the world's top companies relative to the university's size (25%)


Quality of faculty, measured by the number of academics who have won major international awards, prizes and medals (10%)


Research output, measured by the total number of research papers (10%)


High-quality publications, measured by the number of research papers appearing in top-tier journals (10%)


Influence, measured by the number of research papers appearing in highly-influential journals (10%)


Citations, measured by the number of highly cited research papers (10%)





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Collecting stars


In 2018, another ranking system, Quacquarelli Symonds, awarded the NWU an overall four-star rating, which is an improvement from the three stars received in 2012.


In the categories for teaching, employability, innovation and facilities, we boast five out of five stars.


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