By Soligah Solomons
This article can also be found in the print Edition 2 of VARSITY Newspaper.
Despite annual protests, UCT maintains global academic ranking.
During 2017, student protests occurred across South Africa, leading to the disruption of classes and the immediate implementation of protest preventative measures. However, despite last year’s protests, UCT continues to be one of the top-rated global institutions, according to the latest QS World University Rankings.
On the 28th of February 2018, UCT ranked among the top 50 universities in the world in three subjects: Development Studies in 11th place, Sports-related subjects in 37th place, as well as Geography in 49th place. In addition, UCT has managed to obtain another eight subjects in the top-100 ranking: Agriculture, Anatomy, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, English, Law, and Social Policy.
The QS World University Rankings by Subject ranks 48 subjects within five broad subject areas: Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences and Medicine, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences, and Management.
Despite predictions of UCT downgrading its academic standards due to last year’s protests, UCT’s performance has improved in all of the five broad subject areas. This is evident as Life Sciences and Medicine were amongst the top 100, the two subjects were placed in 88th place.
The institution was determined to maintain academic standards and to complete the academic year successfully. This included constructing a single exam venue on the rugby field and allowing for the deferment of examinations. Although it was expected that these measures would decrease UCT’s global ranking, the university has instead congratulated students on the improvement.