2. University of the Witwatersrand
The next university in our list of the top universities in South Africa is based in Johannesburg, where the University of the Witwatersrand is ranked 36th in this year’s BRICS and joint 364th in the world. More commonly known as Wits University, the university was founded in 1896 as a mining school in Kimberley, and now has around 33,700 students and receives the strongest rank among South African universities for its proportion of international faculty. It counts among its alumni four Nobel Prize winners, including Nelson Mandela.
Living up to its background as a mining school, the University of the Witwatersrand was ranked in the top 50 internationally for mineral & mining engineering, and is joint 18th for development studies. It’s also ranked among the world’s best for a further 22 subjects.