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 +998th11th200th2nd
Arts and Humanities +270th5th17th5th
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2057th7th352nd5th
Business, Management and Accounting 560th8th105th7th
Chemistry 2707th39th624th11th
Computer Science 1751st18th331st5th
Earth and Planetary Sciences +1608th20th408th5th
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 576th18th120th7th
Energy 1510th23rd411th6th
Engineering +1673rd12th366th5th
Environmental Science 1360th9th395th4th
Mathematics 1737th24th372nd8th
Medicine +1097th4th197th3rd
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 1449th22nd287th6th
Physics and Astronomy 2613th45th625th13th
Psychology 461st2nd36th2nd
Social Sciences +350th6th45th6th
Veterinary 737th45th146th11th

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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