9. University of the Free State
Ranked 161st in BRICS this year, the University of the Free State (UFS) is a public, multi-campus university in Bloemfontein in the province of the Free State. Founded in 1904 as Grey College, UFS now has around 39,440 students in seven faculties and three campuses.
It’s boasted a 221 percent research output increase since 2010, and also has 18 international research partnerships.