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NWU among the best in engineering studies

The North-West University (NWU) is one of the top institutions in South Africa in engineering studies. This is according to the latest rankings by subject by Times Higher Education (THE) that list the NWU in the third position (the same as last year) among nine local higher-education institutions in the field of engineering.

They placed the NWU in the 401 to 500 category globally ― the same category as in last year’s ranking. The NWU was measured against 1188 universities worldwide.

The rankings were announced on 6 October and highlight the universities that are leading across the engineering disciplines, which include general engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, civil engineering, and chemical engineering.

The engineering rankings used the same performance indicators as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2022. These are grouped in 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, 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 are committed to delivering quality graduates that have the potential to excel in their chosen careers and in doing so also make valuable contributions in our country.”

The official hashtag for the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject is #THEUniRankings. To learn more about the NWU’s achievement in engineering, visit

Times Higher Education previously released the subject rankings for physical sciences, life sciences, clinical and health sciences and psychology on 16 September. To read more about these rankings:

NB! The rankings for social sciences, business and economics, education and law will be released on 13 October. The subject rankings for arts and humanities will follow on 3 November.

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