UZ ranked 1,203 out of 1,799 World Universities of 2023

By Phillipa Jaja

Zimbabwe does not have any university in the top 1,000 of universities in the world as it is ranked 1, 203 according to the Times Higher Education rankings World University of 2023.

Times Higher Education, formerly The Times Higher Education Supplement, is a British magazine reporting specifically on news and issues related to higher education, “trusted worldwide by students, teachers, governments and industry experts.”

The University of Oxford tops the ranking for the seventh consecutive year followed by Harvard University and University of Cambridge according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023.

University of Cape Town in South Africa is the highest ranked university in the region at position 160.

Nigerian, Zambian, Egyptian and Namibian universities are ranked higher than ours from our region beating UZ which was once considered among the best in Africa.

“This year’s ranking analysed over 121 million citations across more than 15.5 million research publications and included survey responses from 40,000 scholars globally. Overall, we collected over 680,000 data points from more than 2,500 institutions that submitted data,” related the magazine.

According to the magazine, “this year’s league table reveals how the global higher education landscape is shifting.”

“Five countries enter the ranking for the first time – all of them in Africa (Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Mauritius).

“The University of Oxford tops the ranking for the seventh consecutive year. Harvard University remains in second place, but the University of Cambridge jumps from joint fifth last year to joint third.

“The highest new entry is Italy’s Humanitas University, ranked in the 201-250 bracket.

“The US is the most-represented country overall, with 177 institutions, and also the most represented in the top 200 (58).

“Mainland China now has the fourth-highest number of institutions in the top 200 (11, compared with 10 last year), having overtaken Australia, which has dropped to fifth (joint with the Netherlands).”

The table according to Times Higher Education is based on “13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.”

“This year’s ranking analysed over 121 million citations across more than 15.5 million research publications and included survey responses from 40,000 scholars globally. Overall, we collected over 680,000 datapoints from more than 2,500 institutions that submitted data.”

“Harvard tops the teaching pillar, while Oxford leads the research pillar. Atop the international pillar is the Macau University of Science and Technology.”

“The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 include 1,799 universities across 104 countries and regions, making them the largest and most diverse university rankings to date.”

The following are the top 10 best ranked African Universities:

University of Cape Town (South Africa) 160

University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) 300

University of Lagos (Nigeria) 449

Damietta University (Egypt) 517

Durban University of Technology (South Africa) 518

University of Zambia 599

Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) 604

Mansoura University (Egypt) 715

Minia University (Egypt) 722

University of Nairobi 725

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