University of Cape TownUniversity

South Africa

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Foundation: 1829

Mission: UCT is committed to engaging with the key issues of our natural and social worlds through outstanding teaching, research and scholarship. We seek to advance the status and distinctiveness of scholarship in Africa through building strategic partnerships across the continent, the global south and the rest of the world. UCT provides a vibrant and supportive intellectual environment that attracts and connects people from all over the world. We aim to produce graduates and future leaders who are influential locally and globally. Our qualifications are locally applicable and internationally acclaimed, underpinned by values of engaged citizenship and social justice. Our scholarship and research have a positive impact on our society and our environment. We will actively advance the pace of transformation within our university and beyond, nurturing an inclusive institutional culture which embraces diversity.

Vision: UCT is an inclusive and engaged research-intensive African university that inspires creativity through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship; enhancing the lives of its students and staff; advancing a more equitable and sustainable social order and influencing the global higher education landscape.



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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 490th5th118th3rd
Arts and Humanities 254th5th21st5th
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 597th1st122nd1st
Business, Management and Accounting 382nd7th69th6th
Chemistry 642nd18th309th8th
Computer Science 554th13th174th3rd
Earth and Planetary Sciences 342nd4th110th2nd
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 270th6th50th3rd
Energy 466th17th212th6th
Engineering 512th10th191st4th
Environmental Science 408th3rd172nd2nd
Mathematics 498th10th150th4th
Medicine 337th1st41st1st
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 428th5th88th2nd
Physics and Astronomy 514th6th146th2nd
Psychology 270th1st11th1st
Social Sciences 191st2nd21st2nd

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.

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