University of the Western CapeUniversity

South Africa

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Foundation: 1959

Mission: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The University of the Western Cape is a national university, alert to its African and international context as it strives to be a place of quality, a place to grow. It is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and research, to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa, and to responding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society in transition.

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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 760th60th321st17th
Arts and Humanities 428th9th60th9th
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 834th28th306th13th
Business, Management and Accounting 771st38th221st16th
Chemistry 707th38th372nd13th
Computer Science 712th66th319th14th
Dentistry 488th10th99th2nd
Earth and Planetary Sciences 421st15th160th7th
Energy 425th6th180th2nd
Engineering 621st50th294th13th
Environmental Science 668th77th400th23rd
Mathematics 681st68th309th14th
Medicine 726th29th260th10th
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 726th28th259th10th
Physics and Astronomy 633rd23rd242nd11th
Psychology 674th14th101st10th
Social Sciences 527th11th89th9th

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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