Top 100 Best Universities in South Africa 2020

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We have ranked the best 100 universities in South Africa based on the quality of education and the number of publications by students. We have also considered the quality of teaching staff in each university.

Here is a full list of top 100 best universities in South Africa:

Ranking World Rank University Det. Presence Rank* Impact Rank* Openness Rank* Excellence Rank*
1 276 University of Cape Town 458 418 229 251
2 425 Stellenbosch University 614 627 379 447
3 433 University of the Witwatersrand 1135 778 444 357
4 448 University of Pretoria 401 624 514 492
5 621 University of Kwazulu Natal 930 1485 563 462
6 822 University of Johannesburg 2086 2330 757 563
7 937 University of South Africa 1669 1243 1050 1118
8 944 University of the Western Cape 1996 1427 932 1054
9 1099 North West University 1622 3051 839 889
10 1129 Rhodes University 3663 1545 1015 1343
11 1406 University of the Free State 1829 3780 1137 1172
12 2018 Tshwane University of Technology 8198 5597 1717 1497
13 2073 Nelson Mandela University 4390 5284 2268 1635
14 2136 Durban University of Technology 3515 4677 1787 2069
15 2319 Cape Peninsula University of Technology 3794 4209 1795 2609
16 2495 University of Fort Hare 7274 4653 1932 2637
17 2832 University of Limpopo 4439 7264 2407 2512
18 3120 University of Venda 7916 7870 2282 2819
19 3623 Central University of Technology 8961 8351 3274 3471
20 3665 Vaal University of Technology 5761 6392 3868 3926
21 3805 Walter Sisulu University 16009 8924 4062 3358
22 3919 University of Zululand 8402 10879 3324 3358
23 9355 Mangosuthu University of Technology (Technikon) 13019 12056 4618 6084
24 12016 South African College of Applied Psychology 17176 9981 7356 6084
25 12057 IMM Graduate School 14027 10313 7356 6084
26 12647 South African Theological Seminary 12117 11248 7356 6084
27 12676 Boston City Campus and Business College 15044 11036 7356 6084
28 12758 Sol Plaatje University 22565 15174 5212 6084
29 13182 International Hotel School 19210 11321 7356 6084
30 13323 Vega School 19270 11517 7356 6084
31 13447 South African School of Motion Picture Medium & Live Performance AFDA 17973 11780 7356 6084
32 13763 Milpark Business School 12066 12643 7356 6084
33 14199 MANCOSA Management College of Southern Africa 20707 12406 7356 6084
34 14324 Damelin 22202 12424 7356 6084
35 14493 Pearson Institute of Higher Education (Midrand Graduate Institute) 22856 12548 7356 6084
36 14828 Regenesys Business School 14045 13826 7356 6084
37 14910 College of Cape Town 20362 13322 7356 6084
38 15001 Northlink College 19821 13487 7356 6084
39 15192 IIE MSA (Monash University South Africa) 18749 13867 7356 6084
40 15300 Regent Business School 19594 13925 7356 6084
41 15332 Exercise Teachers Academy ETA 17747 14146 7356 6084
42 15407 Foundation for Professional Development 17690 14256 7356 6084
43 15431 Independent Institute of Education (Rosebank College College Campus Varsity College Vega, The School of Brand Communications) 14938 14506 7356 6084
44 15486 Henley Management College 19857 14132 7356 6084
45 15507 (4) Lyceum College 26209 13413 7356 6084
46 15533 Business Optimization Training Institute 13536 14787 7356 6084
47 15556 Open Window Institute of Design Film & Interactive Arts 21595 14055 7356 6084
48 16035 False Bay College 17716 15014 7356 6084
49 16138 City Varsity School of Media and Creative Arts 22113 14647 7356 6084
50 16328 South West Gauteng College 17973 15381 7356 6084
51 16537 Prestige Academy (Prestige College) 18873 15530 7356 6084
52 16592 Boland College 17650 15717 7356 6084
53 16725 Cornerstone Christian College 14057 16226 7356 6084
54 16786 StAugustine College of South Africa 20312 15666 7356 6084
55 17212 Greenside Design Centre College of Design 22983 15905 7356 6084
56 17314 Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology (PC Training and Business College) 21352 16223 7356 6084
57 17428 Helderberg College 26358 15707 7356 6084
58 17533 Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography 15976 17038 7356 6084
59 17566 Health and Fitness Professionals Academy HFPA 12725 17368 7356 6084
60 17791 LISOF Fashion Design School 21496 16797 7356 6084
61 17900 Stenden South Africa 24879 16516 7356 6084
62 17908 Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa 24099 16624 7356 6084
63 17972 Gert Sibande College 19452 17226 7356 6084
64 18028 Central Johannesburg College 12700 17961 7356 6084
65 18152 Ekurhuleni East College 23857 16963 7356 6084
66 18186 Belgium Campus Itversity 21490 17265 7356 6084
67 18186 Orbit College 20866 17336 7356 6084
68 18588 Majuba College 23830 17473 7356 6084
69 18653 Isa Carstens Health and Skincare Academy 17210 18247 7356 6084
70 18752 Ekurhuleni West College 23669 17691 7356 6084
71 18955 Buffalo City College 22164 18109 7356 6084
72 19151 West Coast College 22213 18312 7356 6084
73 19172 Port Elizabeth College 20071 18577 7356 6084
74 19209 Eastcape Midlands College 23054 18290 7356 6084
75 19344 Flavius Mareka College 24070 18324 7356 6084
76 19401 Centurion Akademie 22773 18555 7356 6084
77 19432 Hebron Theological College 11734 19644 7356 6084
78 19556 Camelot International 15531 19451 7356 6084
79 19626 Tshwane South College 23729 18716 7356 6084
80 19695 Academy of Sound Engineering 16566 19540 7356 6084
81 19720 Sedibeng College 26555 18448 7356 6084
82 19731 Southern Business School 27586 18230 7356 6084
83 19863 Vuselela College 23554 19038 7356 6084
84 19863 Cranefield College of Project and Programme Management 23201 19093 7356 6084
85 19913 Umfolozi College 22717 19206 7356 6084
86 20075 Coastal KZN College 25454 19029 7356 6084
87 20104 Lovedale College 25941 18991 7356 6084
88 20664 Esayidi College 28183 19170 7356 6084
89 20701 St Joseph`s Theological Institute 19350 20468 7356 6084
90 21091 Ehlanzeni College 22917 20525 7356 6084
91 21166 ICESA City Campus 21964 20691 7356 6084
92 21315 Western College 29109 19105 7356 6084
93 21576 Ingwe College 25237 20852 7356 6084
94 21654 Mopani South East College 23705 21073 7356 6084
95 21754 AAA School of Advertising 26620 20797 7356 6084
96 21996 Afrikaanse Protestantse Akademie 20386 21827 7356 6084
97 22017 Thekwini College 28295 20627 7356 6084
98 22354 Cape Town Baptist Seminary (Baptist Theological College Cape Town) 25562 21621 7356 6084
99 22434 Madge Wallace International College of Skin Care and Body Therapy 25667 21704 7356 6084
100 22479 Northern Cape TVET Urban College 27497 21421 7356 6084