World University Rankings - Top 500



The Durban University of Technology (DUT) has been ranked in the Top 100 of universities in emerging economies, by the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies World University Rankings 2021.   

This was the second time that the University had featured on the global rankings. Last September, it was announced that DUT was ranked as one of the top 5 universities in South Africa and one of the Top 500 universities globally, by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. DUT has now ranked 90th in the world in emerging economies, further cementing our position as 5th in the country.      

The Times Higher Education Emerging Economies World University Rankings 2021 includes only institutions in countries classified by the London Stock Exchange (FTSE) Group as “advanced emerging”, “secondary emerging” or “frontier”. Just as Times Higher Education World University Rankings, these rankings use the same 13 performance indicators to judge institutions on their teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), international outlook (staff, students and research) and industry income (knowledge transfer). 

However, the performance indicators have different weightings to reflect the development priorities of universities in emerging economies. They provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments. This was a great honour for DUT, since innovative curricula and research is one of the enabling strategic objectives of the University’s ENVISION2030 strategy.  DUT wants to see its people being entrepreneurial and innovative and contributing to the local and regional economy. 

Professor Sibusiso Moyo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Engagement was ecstatic, saying that DUT had come a long way as a University, taking into account the volume of research and innovation that has increased steadily over the last five years and the enabling environment that allows for both creativity and innovation.  

“Our regional and international partners play a big role in ensuring we, from the offset, embark on research that aims at solving real time applied problems.  Our postgraduate student body has also grown and our researchers are pushing above their respective boundaries. We are always grateful to our Council, the Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Professor Thandwa Zizwe Mthembu and the rest of the DUT Management team for the support they have given to driving research, innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly over the last 5 years! This achievement is also a recognition of our DUT people, who are instrumental in delivering on our strategy! Let’s keep up the acceleration to 2030!” said Prof Moyo. 

Conveying her congratulatory message, the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, Professor Nokuthula Sibiya said: “The ranking of DUT in the Top100 universities in emerging economies in the world is a huge achievement. Our staff and students always work hard to ensure the sustainability of the university, which is one of the university’s perspectives of the ENVISION2030 strategy. We will continue to work hard to sustain these world rankings.”  

Alan Khan, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs at DUT said: “It is another wonderful achievement for DUT to be ranked in the Top 100 universities in emerging economies in the world. This reinforces the excellence that we have at DUT and credit must be given to the staff, students and stakeholders who help us achieve continued success. Our students and colleagues continue to live the values and principles of our ENVISION2030 strategy and we constantly strive to make a positive impact in our region, in our country and around the world.”  

Pictured: Times Higher Education World University Rankings logo.

Simangele Zuma

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