University of the Witwatersrand, JohannesburgUniversity

South Africa

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Foundation: 1896

Mission: The mission of the University of the Witwatersrand is to grow its global stature as a leading research-intensive university, and to be a gateway to research engagement and intellectual achievement in Africa. It will achieve this by building on the principles of intellectual excellence, international competitiveness and local relevance. As an institution built on principles of intellectual excellence, we are committed to providing high-quality, internationally competitive education, founded on high academic standards, cutting-edge research, public engagement, and productive partnerships with leading institutions throughout the world.

Vision: The University of the Witwatersrand aspires to be a leading world-class research-intensive university firmly embedded among international top league universities by 2022.


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 +535th19th240th5th
Arts and Humanities +189th2nd16th2nd
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 683rd7th246th4th
Business, Management and Accounting 382nd6th73rd5th
Chemistry 738th39th402nd12th
Computer Science 661st26th260th6th
Dentistry 435th14th109th3rd
Earth and Planetary Sciences +373rd14th182nd5th
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 300th8th72nd5th
Energy 504th22nd261st9th
Engineering +511th16th242nd6th
Environmental Science 459th16th252nd6th
Mathematics 607th31st249th9th
Medicine +516th3rd132nd2nd
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 576th17th202nd3rd
Physics and Astronomy 548th6th211th2nd
Psychology 446th4th47th4th
Social Sciences +195th1st21st1st
Veterinary 466th35th111th7th

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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