English Department in the World QS Rankings

20 Feb 2015 - 13:45
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The English department at the University of Cape Town acknowledged for quality by being ranked in the top 50 English departments in the world.

University of Cape Town English department ranked 50th in latest QS world university ranking.

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) English Department came in at 50th in the World University Subject rankings. This is no small achievement and reflects the English Department’s commitment to quality research and delivering first-rate higher education. It is exciting for the department to be recognised by a global rating system affirming UCT’s ongoing value within the global south.

What is the QS world university ranking?

The QS world university ranking is aimed at providing ratings for universities across the globe. The primary focus is to provide prospective students with a tool with which to compare international study options. UCT thus competes with over 3000 universities worldwide and as of 2014, the UCT department of English Language and Literature places globally in the top 2%.

How Does the QS World University Ranking Work?

The QS world university ranking assesses over 3000 universities worldwide and then ranks the top 800 institutions over four broad categories; research, teaching, employability and international outlook. The process is tailored towards an international audience and is based on ‘hard’ data and comprehensive international surveys. The indicators are, Academic reputation (40%), Employer reputation (10%), Student-to-faculty ratio (20%), Citations per faculty (20%), International faculty ratio (5%) & international student ratio (5). Considering that most of the respondents are from northern hemisphere countries, it is exciting that UCT not only competes with the best but also continues to perform competitively at an international level. Learn more about  the QS world university ranking methodology.

What Does the UCT English Departments Ranking Mean?

The UCT English Literature and Language department coming in at 50th in the world rankings is no mean feat. Competing against the top universities across the planet means that the quality of higher education received through the department is in the top 10% in terms of overall scores. “We are excited and feel really honoured to be ranked so highly” said head of department professor Meg Samuelson, “it really shows the dedication of our staff and students to continuing a tradition of high quality education and growing our international research profile”.

And What about the University of Cape Town?

The University of Cape Town

The English Department is not alone however as UCT has 8 of its subject areas ranked in the top 100 according to QS World University Rankings by subject in 2014. The other 7 are Education and Training (32), Geography (34), Law and Legal Studies (40), Earth and Marine Sciences, Politics, Psychology, History and Archaeology. Overall then, UCT comes in at 145th in the world and is rated as 9th in the BRICS rankings for 2014/2015. Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Danie Visser said “It is … most pleasing that UCT's work has registered sufficiently internationally to be placed in the top 100 in no fewer than eight areas and in the top 200 in 19 different areas."