University of South AfricaUniversity

South Africa

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Foundation: 1873

Mission: Unisa is a comprehensive, open distance learning institution that produces excellent scholarship and research, provides quality tuition and fosters active community engagement. We are guided by the principles of lifelong learning, student centredness, innovation and creativity. Our efforts contribute to the knowledge and information society, advance development, nurture a critical citizenry and ensure global sustainability.

Vision: “Towards the African university shaping futures in the service of humanity” Our vision defines everything that we do. It describes our wish to serve every country on the African continent while transcending language and cultural barriers. We are 100% committed to the communities and individuals we serve.


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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 770th65th331st18th
Arts and Humanities 185th3rd15th3rd
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 890th43rd358th17th
Business, Management and Accounting 222nd3rd38th3rd
Chemistry 668th21st333rd9th
Computer Science 665th40th273rd10th
Earth and Planetary Sciences 499th35th229th15th
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 264th5th48th2nd
Energy 506th24th244th8th
Engineering 533rd13th210th6th
Environmental Science 616th49th349th18th
Mathematics 593rd28th225th10th
Medicine 789th60th320th17th
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 894th67th401st18th
Physics and Astronomy 625th20th234th10th
Psychology 655th12th96th9th
Social Sciences 324th6th40th6th
Veterinary 592nd53rd152nd9th

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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