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.



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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 542nd6th146th4th
Arts and Humanities 156th2nd10th2nd
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 693rd7th181st6th
Business, Management and Accounting 381st6th68th5th
Chemistry 676th25th341st11th
Computer Science 606th22nd216th6th
Earth and Planetary Sciences 310th2nd96th1st
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 358th9th86th5th
Energy 513th27th251st10th
Engineering 522nd12th200th5th
Environmental Science 472nd6th218th5th
Mathematics 562nd20th196th8th
Medicine 460th2nd79th2nd
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 521st11th124th4th
Physics and Astronomy 540th9th164th5th
Psychology 529th4th54th4th
Social Sciences 170th1st15th1st
Veterinary 264th5th42nd2nd

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 visualizatiĆ³n 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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