North-West UniversityUniversity

South Africa

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Foundation: 2004

Mission: To excel in innovative learning and teaching and cutting-edge research, thereby benefitting society through knowledge.

Vision: To be an internationally recognised university in Africa, distinguished for engaged scholarship, social responsiveness and an ethic of care.


Overall percentile
Research percentile
Innovation percentile
Societal percentile

Evolution of the institution

The following data gives a quick reading on the scientific performance in the last years. The research ranking refers to the volume, impact and quality of the institution's research output. The innovation ranking is calculated on the number of patent applications of the institution and the citations that its research output receives from patents. Finally, the societal ranking is based on the number of pages of the institution's website and the number of backlinks and mentions from social networks.

Compared to its context

The result of the evaluation of the institution can be compared to obtain a view of the country, the region to which it belongs and the institutions of the world, placing it in their respective positions.

Compared to All sectors (percentiles)
Compared to Universities sector (percentiles)

Ranks by Subject areas/categories

We have divided the scientific output of the institution into 19 large areas of knowledge and the following table shows only the ranks in different territorial domains achieved by the institution in each of the areas. For an institution to have a presence in an area, it is necessary that it exceed in the last year a minimum output threshold equivalent to twice the percentage that this area represents in the world. If you need scientific indicators on these areas visit Scopus and/or SciVal.

AreaWorldAfricaBRIICSSouth Africa
Agricultural and Biological Sciences +2013th32nd412th7th
Arts and Humanities +333rd8th27th8th
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2722nd16th486th10th
Business, Management and Accounting 215th3rd46th3rd
Chemistry 2311th23rd509th6th
Computer Science 2235th32nd455th8th
Earth and Planetary Sciences +2031st38th541st13th
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 476th14th103rd6th
Energy 1061st14th294th4th
Engineering +1909th18th421st7th
Environmental Science 1870th21st535th9th
Mathematics 1097th5th213th1st
Medicine +2262nd22nd429th9th
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 1257th18th246th4th
Physics and Astronomy 1524th12th294th2nd
Psychology 545th5th45th5th
Social Sciences +379th8th56th8th
Veterinary 704th40th141st9th

Publishing profile

These are the journals used by the institution's researchers to publish their work in the last year. The size of each circle represents the value of the SJR of the publication, and its spatial position represents its subject matter.

This visualizatión allows you to identify the knowledge areas where the institution has published, recognize the prestige of the scientific journals in which the institution knowledge has been published, and identify predominant scientific communities.

Where is the institution located?

  • Government
  • Health
  • Universities
  • Companies
  • Non-Profit
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