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Friday, March 08, 2019

Progress of female leadership stalls in world’s top universities | Gender - Times Higher Education

Photo: Ellie Bothwell
Just 17 per cent of universities in the top 200 of the THE World University Rankings are led by women – the same as a year ago – analysis released on International Women's Day shows, writes Ellie Bothwell, rankings editor and international reporter at Times Higher Education. 

Professor: Mamokgethi Phakeng
Photo: University of Cape Town

The number of the world’s top universities that are led by women has remained stagnant in the past 12 months, following a decline the previous year, according to an analysis of Times Higher Education World University Rankings data.

Just 34 – or 17 per cent – of the top 200 universities in the latest 2019 ranking have a female leader, the same number as last year. In 2017, 36 (18 per cent) of the universities ranked in the top 200 of the global table were led by a woman.

South Africa is a new entry to the list, after Mamokgethi Phakeng became vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town in July. The institution is the only African university in the top 200 of the ranking.
Sweden is second in the list of countries with the highest proportion of female leaders; of the five Swedish institutions that make the world top 200, three are led by women...

Of the 25 countries that feature in the top 200, 14 have no female university leaders in that group.

Source: Times Higher Education