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 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 750th55th312th16th
Arts and Humanities 321st8th32nd8th
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1002nd88th459th21st
Business, Management and Accounting 754th32nd206th14th
Chemistry 760th52nd424th15th
Computer Science 709th64th316th13th
Earth and Planetary Sciences 498th34th228th14th
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 614th32nd205th10th
Engineering 575th29th249th10th
Environmental Science 658th71st390th21st
Mathematics 252nd1st56th1st
Medicine 794th62nd325th18th
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 867th63rd378th17th
Physics and Astronomy 520th7th150th3rd
Psychology 767th21st149th13th
Social Sciences 535th12th93rd10th

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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