The North-West University (NWU) is the best choice among local universities for studies in the field of engineering. The latest subjects ranking by Times Higher Education (THE) places the NWU at the top of the ladder in this field, and highlights the NWU’s other quality subject offerings.
According to THE’s World University Rankings by Subject for 2023, the NWU is first among local institutions in engineering, moving up from third position last year. It places the NWU in the 401 to 500 category globally.
This is a great achievement, as THE ranks the NWU out of 10 top South African universities that offer studies in the field of engineering and measures the university against 1 306 institutions worldwide.
THE’s subject ranking for engineering highlights the universities that are leading across disciplines that include general engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, civil engineering and chemical engineering.
“We are proud of this excellent placing, as well as of our other achievements in the rankings. It clearly indicates that the university is a choice destination for studies in essential professions, paving the way for graduates to excel and thrive in the professional world,” says Dr Bismark Tyobeka, principal and vice-chancellor.
Other top rankings are in both physical sciences (401 to 500 globally) and psychology (301 to 400), where the NWU is ranked third locally.
This is also the first year that the NWU is ranked in computer sciences. Locally the NWU shines in fifth position, and globally in the 601 to 800 ranking category.
The NWU’s other fifth place rankings are in the fields of business and economics (remaining in fifth position from last year) and clinical and health (301 to 400 globally).
Rounding out other top 10 positions are a seventh position in the fields of law (251+) and education (401 to 500), eighth in life sciences (601 to 800), ninth in social sciences (601 to 800 category), and tenth in arts and humanities (501 to 600 globally).
Performance measured across five areas
THE measures performance in each subject area across five areas: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citations (research influence); international outlook (staff, students and research); and industry income (knowledge transfer).
Commenting on the rankings, Dr Tyobeka remarks that the rankings are a good indication of the NWU’s quality subject offerings, both locally and internationally.
“They contribute to the NWU’s dream of being an internationally recognised university in Africa and the world, known for excellence and quality education.”
To learn more about the NWU’s achievements in the latest rankings, visit: Rankings | NWU | North-West University.