Rhodes UniversityUniversity

South Africa

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Foundation: 1904

Mission: In pursuit of its vision the University will strive to produce outstanding internationally-accredited graduates who are innovative, analytical, articulate, balanced and adaptable, with a life-long love of learning; and to strive, through teaching, research and community service, to contribute to the advancement of international scholarship and the development of the Eastern Cape and Southern Africa. Accordingly, the University undertakes to develop shared values that embrace basic human and civil rights; to acknowledge and be sensitive to the problems created by the legacy of apartheid, to reject all forms of unfair discrimination and to ensure that appropriate corrective measures are employed to redress past imbalances; to create a research-based teaching and learning environment that will encourage students to reach their full potential, that is supportive of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and that will produce critical, capable and skilled graduates who can adapt to changing environments; to promote excellence and innovation in teaching and learning by providing staff and students with access to relevant academic development programmes; to provide an attractive, safe and well-equipped environment that is conducive to good scholarship and collegiality; to provide a safe and nurturing student support system as well as a diverse array of residential, sporting, cultural and leadership opportunities that will foster the all-round development of our students, the university and the region as a whole; to attract and retain staff of the highest calibre and to provide development programmes for staff at all levels; to promote excellence in research and other creative endeavours; to play an active role in promoting inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration within the Eastern Cape Province; where appropriate, to assist in the development of the Eastern Cape Province by making available the university’s expertise, resources and facilities; to play a leading role in establishing a culture of environmental concern by actively pursuing a policy of environmental best practice; to strive for excellence and to promote quality assurance in all its activities.

Vision: Rhodes University’s vision is to be an outstanding internationally-respected academic institution which proudly affirms its African identity and which is committed to democratic ideals, academic freedom, rigorous scholarship, sound moral values and social responsibility.

History: www.ru.ac.za


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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 684th27th252nd12th
Arts and Humanities 504th14th97th11th
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 885th41st354th16th
Business, Management and Accounting 796th45th245th18th
Chemistry 792nd64th452nd16th
Computer Science 671st41st279th11th
Earth and Planetary Sciences 422nd16th161st8th
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 629th34th214th11th
Energy 632nd71st358th17th
Environmental Science 535th19th274th12th
Mathematics 648th49th277th12th
Medicine 855th96th375th23rd
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 902nd71st409th19th
Physics and Astronomy 647th26th256th12th
Psychology 796th26th163rd14th
Social Sciences 616th15th142nd11th

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.

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