The annual QS World University Rankings have been released for specific study areas, including law, engineering and finance. The QS rankings is one of the three top university ranking systems in the world. The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 covers 51 disciplines, and shows that South African universities were awarded high rankings in specific areas.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) was ranked among the top 100 universities (number 87) in the world for medicine while its immunology course was rated in the top 50. The University of Witwatersrand was ranked among the top 151-200 universities for medicine, and the University of Stellenbosch among the top 201-250 universities. UCT’s architecture course was also among the top 100.
South Africa’s mining and mineral engineering courses were rated among the best in the world, with Wits at position 13 worldwide, and the University of Pretoria at number 48. For civil and construction engineering, UCT was ranked in the 151-200 range. In mechanical engineering, UCT (251-300 range) scored highest, followed by Stellenbosch and the UP (301-350 range). UCT and Wits both scored in the 251-300 range for chemical engineering.
South Africa had four universities among the top 300 in the Accounting and Finance field. UP was in the 101-150 range, UCT the 151-200 range, Wits in the 201-250 range and Stellenbosch in the 251-300 range. In Computer Science, UCT was featured in the 301- 350 range.
In the Business and management studies field, UCT was in the 251-300 range and Stellenbosch in the 301-350 range. In Law, UCT was in the 101- 150 range, UP in the 151- 200 range and Stellenbosch in the 201- 250 range.
The rankings are based on global surveys of academics and employers, as well as the impact of the research published by academics. More than 1,400 universities were studied, and almost 14 million research papers reviewed as part of the rankings.