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 area

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 722nd46th286th14th
Arts and Humanities 276th7th26th7th
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 804th19th280th9th
Business, Management and Accounting 287th4th49th4th
Chemistry 570th7th245th3rd
Computer Science 662nd37th270th8th
Earth and Planetary Sciences 470th28th202nd13th
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 398th12th98th7th
Energy 458th15th205th5th
Engineering 543rd18th218th8th
Environmental Science 528th18th267th11th
Mathematics 302nd3rd66th2nd
Medicine 712th24th246th9th
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 673rd20th220th9th
Physics and Astronomy 599th17th210th9th
Psychology 416th3rd29th3rd
Social Sciences 369th8th47th8th
Veterinary 470th30th106th6th

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 visualizatiĆ³n 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?

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