The 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject, analyses 15,200 individual university programmes offered by 1,543 universities in 88 locations around the world, across five broad disciplines and 51 academic disciplines. The University of Pretoria (UP) has been ranked among the world’s top universities for the study of 20 subjects (up from 18 in 2021) in the 2022 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject.

Four components are used to rank universities: Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Research Citations Per Paper, and the H-Index. UP is ranked in four broad subject areas: Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences; Life Sciences and Medicine; and Engineering and Technology. Of the 20 academic disciplines in which UP is ranked this year, 35% improved their positions in the rankings, and 25% maintained their positions as of 2021. A notable accomplishment is UP’s achievements in various subject areas in both the domestic and global arena.

UP is one of the largest contact and residential universities in South Africa, with its administration offices located on the Hatfield Campus, Pretoria. This 114-year-old institution is also the largest producer of research in South Africa.

Improvements (global rank):

•  Mineral and Mining Engineering (Top 50)

•  Economics and Econometrics (Top 250)

•  Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (Top 300)

•  Chemical Engineering (Top 300)

•  Engineering and Technology (Top 350)

•  Life Sciences and Medicine (Top 350)

Improvements (domestic rank):

•  Economics and Econometrics (2nd in 2021 – 1st in 2022)

•  Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing (2nd in 2021 – 1st in 2022)

•  Education (3rd in 2021 – 2nd in 2022)

•  Chemical Engineering (5th in 2021 – 2nd in 2022)

Reclaimed Rank (global rank):

•  Veterinary Science (51-60)

•  Development Studies (101-110)

•  Architecture/Built Environment (151-200)

Ranked first in South Africa (global rank):

•  Veterinary Science (51-60)

•  Accounting and Finance (101-150)

•  Economics and Econometrics (201-250)

•  Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (251-300)•  Electrical and Electronic Engineering (301-350)

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