Stellenbosch UniversityUniversity

South Africa

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Foundation: 1866

Mission: Stellenbosch University is a research-intensive university where we attract outstanding students, employ talented staff and provide a world-class environment; a place connected to the world, while enriching and transforming local, continental and global communities.​

Vision: Stellenbosch University will be Africa’s leading research intensive university, globally recognised as excellent, inclusive and innovative, where we advance knowledge in service of society.​


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 +537th1st147th1st
Arts and Humanities +252nd4th17th4th
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2059th6th386th2nd
Business, Management and Accounting 689th11th116th8th
Chemistry 2668th39th667th9th
Computer Science 1696th15th334th3rd
Earth and Planetary Sciences +1655th22nd468th7th
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 568th16th113th7th
Energy 1768th26th485th7th
Engineering +1912th18th446th4th
Environmental Science 1091st9th313th1st
Mathematics 1677th22nd342nd6th
Medicine +1282nd5th262nd4th
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 2038th28th453rd8th
Physics and Astronomy 2316th28th562nd9th
Psychology 434th2nd32nd2nd
Social Sciences +325th6th33rd6th
Veterinary 623rd32nd123rd7th

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?

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