This week saw the release of the 2018 Best Global Universities Rankings by US News and World Report - a global authority in education rankings. The news that UJ has climbed an incredible 93 places from a global rank of 550 in last year’s 2017 edition to a global rank of 457 in the latest 2018 edition, breaking into the Top 500 in the world is truly amazing! The US News and World Report evaluates universities on 13 performance indicators. UJ improved across the board, bettering its global ranking positions in 12 of the indicators. UJ also came in at an impressive global rank of 258 for an additional new 13th indicator – the percentage of total publications with international collaboration - which US News and World Report has added to this year’s methodology to emphasise the value of international collaboration by affirming those universities that author articles with researchers from different countries. The results demonstrate, once again, that UJ is consolidating its well-earned place among South Africa, Africa and the world’s top research-intensive universities.