With 13 universities in the top 200 in the new aggregated ranking system known as ARTU, Australia ranks fourth in the world and is part of a rising new order in the global higher education sector.
University rankings must include quality teaching and indicators that address inequality as measuring tools.
It's unlikely that student protests are directly affecting South African universities' rankings. Instead, decades of government underfunding in higher education may be at least partly to blame.
It is arrogant and hypocritical for ranking institutions to declare that they're building Africa's legacy or its global partnerships on the continent's behalf.
It is crucial that institutions around Africa do not shy away from robust and critical debate while continental university rankings take shape.
The latest Times Higher Education rankings of universities under 50 years old paints a positive picture for the Australian higher education sector.