Latest rankings reaffirm NWU’s quality subjects

Are you a health professional or psychologist, or would you like to study these subjects?  It has been confirmed. The North-West University (NWU) is just the right place to be for a quality education in these fields.

Like previous rankings this year, the latest rankings by Times Higher Education (THE) World Rankings by subject have recognised the good standing of the NWU among the best higher-education institutions, both locally and internationally.

The NWU was measured overall against 1 600 universities from 99 countries and territories globally. The university excelled in Clinical and Health Sciences, where it was placed ― as it had been last year ― in the 201 to 250 category. It also maintained its place in the 301 to 400 category for Psychology.

The THE World Rankings by subject for 2022, which were released on 16 September, specifically highlight the quality of universities’ subject offerings. The rankings measure tertiary-education institutions’ subject offering across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Furthermore, the NWU was ranked in the 401 to 500 category for Physical Sciences and in the 601 to 800 category for Life Sciences.

The NWU has excelled among South African universities in the various subject areas. It was third overall in Physical Sciences as well as in Psychology, fourth in Clinical and Health Sciences and seventh in Life Sciences.

The THE World Rankings by subject will announce rankings in Engineering and Computer Science, Social Sciences, Business and Economics, Education and Law in October, and Arts and Humanities in November 2021.

Commenting on the rankings, Prof Dan Kgwadi, vice-chancellor and principal of the NWU, remarked that these rankings underline the relevance of the NWU’s offerings for the industry, both locally and internationally.  

“We are proud of our achievements, as we are dedicated to being an internationally recognised university in Africa. We remain committed to engaged scholarship, social responsiveness and an ethic of care.”

He says the future of postgraduate studies and research will be driven by transdisciplinary research, partnerships, collaboration and networks.

The official hashtag for the THE World University Rankings by subject is #THEUniRankings. To read more about the NWU’s achievement in the specific subject groups, visit:

Physical sciences


Life sciences


Clinical and health




Submitted on Thu, 09/16/2021 - 16:15