The University of Venda was ranked among the Top 11 from a group of 88 universities in Sub-Saharan Africa. The ranking is done by the 2023 Times Higher Education (THE) Sub-Saharan Africa University Rankings.

The official announcement was made at the Times Higher Education Sub-Saharan Universities Forum at Ashesi University in Berekuso, Ghana on 26 June 2023. The Times Higher Education Sub-Saharan Africa University Rankings is a new university ranking developed specifically to address the challenges faced by higher education institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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The adjudication process for the 2023 Times Higher Education Sub-Saharan Africa University rankings followed a hybrid methodology to account for the diverse strengths of the sector with a comprehensive range of performance indicators across five pillars: Access and fairness; Africa impact; Teaching skills; Student Engagement and Resources and also finances.

The ranking explored the impact of the universities in addressing the toughest challenges encountered in Africa. Such as graduate employability, teaching quality, research impact and inequality. The current performance of ranked universities was assessed to identify key areas where they can improve.

The University of Venda ranked amongst the top 11 universities in Sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Universities Top 10

The importance of university rankings as a tool, provides a way to compare institutions, benchmark performance. Identify areas for improvement, and promote a culture of excellence. This also ensures that higher education is accessible, affordable, and of the highest quality.


Last year, in October 2022, UNIVEN was ranked in the Top 15 universities in South Africa. It was done by Times Higher Education University ranking in its annual ranking of the world’s top universities for 2023.

There are four South African universities in the top 10 with Wits at number one. University of Johannesburg at position two, the University of Pretoria at number four and the University of Western Cape at number six.