University of the Free StateUniversity

South Africa

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Foundation: 1904

Mission: Our vision and mission help us to ‘keep our eye on the ball’. This is where we start when we make decisions, plan our future, and evaluate what we have done.

Vision: The UFS is a research-led, student-centred and regionally-engaged university that contributes to development and social justice through the production of globally competitive graduates and knowledge.


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 +600th49th301st14th
Arts and Humanities +316th7th37th7th
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 881st75th437th21st
Business, Management and Accounting 769th37th229th14th
Chemistry 800th69th459th16th
Computer Science 735th64th332nd13th
Earth and Planetary Sciences +465th38th270th15th
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 654th48th258th14th
Energy 520th27th275th10th
Engineering +497th11th229th5th
Environmental Science 587th76th373rd21st
Mathematics 431st2nd110th1st
Medicine +808th68th369th16th
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 807th87th405th19th
Physics and Astronomy 601st16th260th8th
Psychology 661st16th138th12th
Social Sciences +540th11th100th9th
Veterinary 274th9th59th2nd

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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