The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) has moved up in the 2022 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject. The QS World University Rankings are compiled annually to help prospective students choose the best universities in terms of subject areas. The subject rankings are grouped into five broad subject areas, which cover 51 disciplines.
For the 2022 rankings, EMS is ranked in the top 250 for the Economics and Econometrics subject areas. The Faculty improved in the global rankings for these subject areas. In 2021, EMS ranked in the top 251 to 300 band globally. This year, EMS is ranked first in South Africa (tie with University of Cape Town) in the Economics and Econometrics subject areas.
The Faculty retained its position in the top 150 of the Accounting and Finance subject areas globally, and is first in South Africa and Africa for these subjects. The Faculty’s excellence in these subjects is evident in the 2022 SAICA Initial Test of Competence (ITC), achieving a pass rate of 99,4%. The University of Pretoria has achieved an average first-time pass rate of 94,6% in the ITC for the past 15 years.
Professor Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu, Dean of the Faculty of EMS, said she is elated by the rankings.
“These rankings showcase our excellence in teaching, and learning and research. The Faculty has continued to perform exceptionally amidst a global pandemic. The QS rankings have positioned EMS as leader in the financial sciences as well as in the economics and econometrics disciplines in the country. Our research and teaching and learning are gaining recognition across the globe and this is gratifying. We strive for excellence in our academic activities but most importantly, co-creating value for society and enabling student success.”
“These rankings will help us to attract talented students and funding, as the impact of our research and teaching gains international recognition,” she added.
Prof Chitiga-Mabugu also praised the academics in the Faculty, stating that their hard work is commendable. “Our academics have put in a tremendous amount of effort to ensure our continued success and excellence.”