What makes an institution genuinely global, you ask? The first and foremost thing is its diverse student body that comes from all corners of the world. A student body comprising of people from different nationalities, religions, ethnicity, and economic backgrounds make any university global in its outlook. The curriculum is designed to attract the best pool of students from the country and abroad. Even proffers and research fellows at these institutions hail from other nations. Any university’s ability to integrate a considerable percentage of international students and staff is deemed a global university.
Times Higher Education has ranked the University of Cape Town in South Africa among the top 40 most global institutions in 2021. The University received this rank out of 200 schools from around the world. They are the only African University featured on the list at number 39. The list has renowned universities like the University of Hong Kong, University of Oxford, and ETH in Zurich. The schools on this list have the right proportion of overseas students for many nations. Also, they are involved in global matters of research with international scholars. The UTC has again secured a good rank in this prestigious list.
Working across borders becomes a necessity post-global pandemic
Now more than ever, the collaboration between educational institutions across nations has become a necessity. It is easier to get information from all corners of the world, which improves overall research. In 2021 the universities have strengthened their bonds with international students and partner universities. As the pandemic clears, they would like to undertake more exchange programs. A global appeal makes any institution look more attractive. The international student community is a vast resource that helps solve complicated world problems if well nurtured. The University of Cape Town also takes pride in its talented and hardworking student community and staff. During the pandemic, the department of public health and medical sciences collaborated with scholars worldwide to find solutions to interdisciplinary problems.
Ranking methods and other features made by UCT
The ranking methods of times higher education is quite simple. They take a sub-sample from the World University ranking list focusing on internationalization requirements. The international student, international staff scores are counted separately. Plus, scores are given based on co-authorship and reputation. All these are combined to get the final rankings of the top 200. The featured institutions must all receive at least 100 votes on the reputation survey and 10% of domestic votes. It is a tough competition to get featured on the Times list of most global universities.
International recognition is always something universities aspire towards. In South Africa, the University of Cape Town is the best University to get enrolled in. Students from other African and Asian countries also come here for better education. In the year 2020, UCT also ranked among the top 100 colleges in the clinical and health category. Also, in the subject-wise lists, UCT fairs well. This is the only institution that has reached the international platform to compete with the best universities worldwide.
University of Cape Town reaching new heights of success
The University has also recently ranked highly on other lists. It secured 103rd position on 2021 US News & World Report Best Global Universities rankings well above previous years’ position. The institution also ranks among the top 100 in subject wise lists because of the high-quality education it imparts. The six subjects in which the top 100 ranks were secured include infectious diseases, environmental and occupational health, immunology, psychiatry/psychology, microbiology and public, environmental and occupational health. The teachers, research scholars, and students are all equally responsible for the recognition UCT has received.
The research community at UCT is in collaboration with scholars from the USA, India, and China. This international outreach has helped in a better quality of work. Even in such challenging times, the University has continued with remote teaching and research. Students and researchers from the Faculty of Health Sciences department have been engaging in various areas of study related to contemporary problems. This is reflected in our subject wise world rankings. The faculty is positive that their students and scholars will solve challenging problems in fields of medicine and social sciences. In the wake of Covid 19, only the long-term health and medical sciences department’s efforts have come to light. The departments of public health and medicine have collaborated on matters related to the pandemic and find solutions.
UCT has also worked extensively in the field of infectious diseases, virology, and microbiology. The Infectious Disease & Molecular Medicine (IDM) has immense contributions to the body of work of the University. Their ranking among the world’s top 10 in the infectious disease department is undoubtedly a matter of pride. Especially during a global pandemic, such recognition puts more pressure on the University to carry on the excellent work. It has shown remarkable results in research related to AIDS and tuberculosis. All four subjects’ microbiology, immunology, clinical medicine, and public health, are taught at UCT, which is the reason for its excelling in infectious disease management. The recent recognition is due to years of work by numerous students and scholars who have been a part of UCT.
This trend of the University of Cape Town to feature in multiple top 10, top 50, and top 100 lists are not broken. This institution is the most credible in the whole of South Africa. A genuinely global place of study, UCT aims to strengthen its reputation further. Over the coming years, the administration, faculty, and students are determined to take the institution to greater heights. While ranking is not the main focus, it is good to be recognized as a quality education provider. The meritorious students and hardworking faculty are the reason behind the university’s recent success.