Top Countries Rankings 2022

South Africa University Rankings 2022

As described in the university ranking section, it is not easy to obtain and standardize data from about 12,000 universities for the country ranking. Therefore, we based our ranking system on the number of meritorious scientists. Four criteria are used to rank the countries. The first one is the number of scientists in the top 10,000 list. The second criterion is the number of scientists in the top 100,000 list. The third one is the number of scientists listed in the AD Scientific Index. In the case of equalities after applying all these three criteria, the world rank of the meritorious scientist of that country is used.

Total 5.056 scientist, 1 country, 45 university

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0 30 South Africa 251 University of Cape Town University of Cape Town 238 Sahal Yacoob i 45 5056
Top 5000
57 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 14 0 35 392 34 1 3 9 1 65 2 1 111 99 20 46
Table I. Number of scientists in South Africa top 5.000 according to Country Click for details
# Country Country Region Rank Country World Rank Scientists in Top 5.000 Total University Total Scientist
1 South Africa 0 30 5000 45 5056
Table II. General Universities in South Africa top 5.000 Click for details
# University Country Rank Region Rank World Rank Country Sources of Funding Founded Scientists in South Africa Top 5.000 Total Scientists in Index Ratio (in top 5.000 / Total Scientist)
1 University of Cape Town 1 1 251 South Africa Public 1874 749 756 0.991
2 Stellenbosch University 2 2 447 South Africa Public 1918 575 579 0.993
3 University of the Witwatersrand 3 3 498 South Africa Public 1922 461 464 0.994
4 University of Pretoria 4 4 809 South Africa Public 1908 532 536 0.993
5 University of Kwazulu Natal 5 5 832 South Africa Public 2004 352 352 1.000
6 University of Johannesburg 6 6 863 South Africa Public 2005 393 400 0.983
7 North West University 7 8 906 South Africa Public 2004 268 269 0.996
8 University of the Western Cape 8 10 1064 South Africa Public 1959 162 162 1.000
9 Rhodes University 9 11 1083 South Africa Public 1904 138 140 0.986
10 National Institute for Communicable Diseases 10 16 1422 South Africa - - 43 43 1.000
Table III. Public Universities in South Africa top 5.000 Click for details
# University Country Rank Region Rank World Rank Country Founded Scientists in South Africa Top 5.000 Total Scientists in Index Ratio (in top 5.000 / Total Scientist)
1 University of Cape Town 1 1 251 South Africa 1874 749 756 0.991
2 Stellenbosch University 2 2 447 South Africa 1918 575 579 0.993
3 University of the Witwatersrand 3 3 498 South Africa 1922 461 464 0.994
4 University of Pretoria 4 4 809 South Africa 1908 532 536 0.993
5 University of Kwazulu Natal 5 5 832 South Africa 2004 352 352 1.000
6 University of Johannesburg 6 6 863 South Africa 2005 393 400 0.983
7 North West University 7 8 906 South Africa 2004 268 269 0.996
8 University of the Western Cape 8 10 1064 South Africa 1959 162 162 1.000
9 Rhodes University 9 11 1083 South Africa 1904 138 140 0.986
10 University of Fort Hare 16 26 1745 South Africa 1916 58 58 1.000
Table IV. Private Universities in South Africa top 5.000 Click for details
# University Country Rank Region Rank World Rank Country Founded Scientists in South Africa Top 5.000 Total Scientists in Index Ratio (in top 5.000 / Total Scientist)
1 Belgium Campus Itversity 34 256 6408 South Africa 1999 2 3 0.667
2 Foundation for Professional Development 39 436 8474 South Africa 1997 2 2 1.000
3 Milpark Business School 41 623 10624 South Africa 1997 3 5 0.600
4 South African Theological Seminary 43 1080 14961 South Africa 1996 1 1 1.000
5 St Joseph`s Theological Institute 44 1090 15219 South Africa 2010 1 1 1.000
Table V. Universities Founded After 2010 in South Africa Top 5.000 Click for details
# University Country Rank Region Rank World Rank Country Sources of Funding Founded Scientists in South Africa Top 5.000 Total Scientists in Index Ratio (in top 5.000 / Total Scientist)
1 Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University 29 145 4737 South Africa Public 2014 20 20 1.000
2 University of Mpumalanga 32 161 5007 South Africa Public 2014 19 19 1.000
3 Sol Plaatje University 38 381 7922 South Africa Public 2014 14 14 1.000
Table VI. Universities Founded After 2000 in South Africa Top 5.000 Click for details
# University Country Rank Region Rank World Rank Country Sources of Funding Founded Scientists in South Africa Top 5.000 Total Scientists in Index Ratio (in top 5.000 / Total Scientist)
1 University of Kwazulu Natal 5 5 832 South Africa Public 2004 352 352 1.000
2 University of Johannesburg 6 6 863 South Africa Public 2005 393 400 0.983
3 North West University 7 8 906 South Africa Public 2004 268 269 0.996
4 Nelson Mandela University 17 27 1758 South Africa Public 2005 57 58 0.983
5 Durban University of Technology 20 44 2496 South Africa Public 2002 67 68 0.985
6 Tshwane University of Technology 22 48 2613 South Africa Public 2003 71 72 0.986
7 Cape Peninsula University of Technology 26 132 4523 South Africa Public 2005 69 72 0.958
8 University of Limpopo 27 142 4703 South Africa Public 2005 39 39 1.000
9 Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University 29 145 4737 South Africa Public 2014 20 20 1.000
10 University of Mpumalanga 32 161 5007 South Africa Public 2014 19 19 1.000
Table VII A. South Africa Top 10 Productivity i10 Index Click for details
AD Scientific Index - 2022 South Africa Table VII A. South Africa Top 10 Productivity i10 Index H INDEX i10 INDEX CITATION
University Country Region World Name Country University Subject Total Last 5 year Last 5 year / total Total Last 5 year Last 5 year / total Total Last 5 year Last 5 year / total
1 1 2 324 Dan J Stein

South Africa
University of Cape Town Medical and Health Sciences / Psychiatry
Anxiety disorders|Psychiatry in Africa|
153 101 0.660 992 822 0.829 111221 63456 0.571
2 2 3 331 Sahal Yacoob

South Africa
University of Cape Town Natural Sciences / Physics
High Energy Particle Physics|
200 143 0.715 986 788 0.799 220010 114627 0.521
1 3 4 420 Mike Wingfield

South Africa
University of Pretoria Agriculture & Forestry / Forestry
forest protection|mycology|entomology|biotechnology|
111 68 0.613 927 622 0.671 60845 28456 0.468
1 4 10 1286 Tebello Nyokong

South Africa
Rhodes University Natural Sciences / Chemical Sciences
Photophysics|
80 38 0.475 615 403 0.655 29157 11898 0.408
1 5 11 1315 Fernando Albericio

South Africa
University of Kwazulu Natal Natural Sciences / Chemical Sciences
medicinal chemistry|peptides|
90 55 0.611 610 334 0.548 38692 16074 0.415
1 6 13 1689 Loan Truong

South Africa
University of Johannesburg Natural Sciences / Physics
HEP|LHC|ATLAS|
149 138 0.926 548 546 0.996 86972 75256 0.865
1 7 14 1778 Bruce Mellado

South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand Natural Sciences / Physics
Particle Physics|
126 89 0.706 537 384 0.715 82866 40538 0.489
1 8 15 2025 Karl Peltzer

South Africa
Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa Asia University
health sciences|
77 61 0.792 512 366 0.715 30073 17829 0.593
2 9 16 2215 Rangan Gupta

South Africa
University of Pretoria Economics & Econometrics / Economics
Macroecomomics|forecasting|
67 57 0.851 494 392 0.794 21844 17043 0.780
1 10 18 2820 David M. Richardson

South Africa
Stellenbosch University Natural Sciences / Biological Science
invasion ecology|invasion biology|invasion science|conservation biology|biological invasions|
138 99 0.717 450 389 0.864 78458 34896 0.445
Table VII B. South Africa Top 10 Last 5 Years i10 Index Click for details
AD Scientific Index - 2022 South Africa Table VII B. South Africa Top 10 Last 5 Years i10 Index H INDEX i10 INDEX CITATION
University Country Region World Name Country University Subject Total Last 5 year Last 5 year / total Total Last 5 year Last 5 year / total Total Last 5 year Last 5 year / total
1 1 2 248 Dan J Stein

South Africa
University of Cape Town Medical and Health Sciences / Psychiatry
Anxiety disorders|Psychiatry in Africa|
153 101 0.660 992 822 0.829 111221 63456 0.571
2 2 6 297 Sahal Yacoob

South Africa
University of Cape Town Natural Sciences / Physics
High Energy Particle Physics|
200 143 0.715 986 788 0.799 220010 114627 0.521
1 3 8 588 Mike Wingfield

South Africa
University of Pretoria Agriculture & Forestry / Forestry
forest protection|mycology|entomology|biotechnology|
111 68 0.613 927 622 0.671 60845 28456 0.468
1 4 10 760 Loan Truong

South Africa
University of Johannesburg Natural Sciences / Physics
HEP|LHC|ATLAS|
149 138 0.926 548 546 0.996 86972 75256 0.865
1 5 11 1554 Tebello Nyokong

South Africa
Rhodes University Natural Sciences / Chemical Sciences
Photophysics|
80 38 0.475 615 403 0.655 29157 11898 0.408
2 6 13 1669 Rangan Gupta

South Africa
University of Pretoria Economics & Econometrics / Economics
Macroecomomics|forecasting|
67 57 0.851 494 392 0.794 21844 17043 0.780
1 7 14 1688 David M. Richardson

South Africa
Stellenbosch University Natural Sciences / Biological Science
invasion ecology|invasion biology|invasion science|conservation biology|biological invasions|
138 99 0.717 450 389 0.864 78458 34896 0.445
1 8 15 1744 Bruce Mellado

South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand Natural Sciences / Physics
Particle Physics|
126 89 0.706 537 384 0.715 82866 40538 0.489
1 9 19 1957 Karl Peltzer

South Africa
Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa Asia University
health sciences|
77 61 0.792 512 366 0.715 30073 17829 0.593
1 10 20 2066 HC Swart

South Africa
University of the Free State Natural Sciences / Physics
nanophosphors|luminescence|cathodoluminescence|surface characterization|
54 44 0.815 444 358 0.806 16474 11584 0.703
Table VII C. South Africa Top 10 Last 5 Years H Index Click for details
AD Scientific Index - 2022 South Africa Table VII C. South Africa Top 10 Last 5 Years H Index H INDEX i10 INDEX CITATION
University Country Region World Name Country University Subject Total Last 5 year Last 5 year / total Total Last 5 year Last 5 year / total Total Last 5 year Last 5 year / total
1 1 5 237 Sahal Yacoob

South Africa
University of Cape Town Natural Sciences / Physics
High Energy Particle Physics|
200 143 0.715 986 788 0.799 220010 114627 0.521
1 2 6 338 Loan Truong

South Africa
University of Johannesburg Natural Sciences / Physics
HEP|LHC|ATLAS|
149 138 0.926 548 546 0.996 86972 75256 0.865
2 3 12 926 Dan J Stein

South Africa
University of Cape Town Medical and Health Sciences / Psychiatry
Anxiety disorders|Psychiatry in Africa|
153 101 0.660 992 822 0.829 111221 63456 0.571
1 4 13 1024 David M. Richardson

South Africa
Stellenbosch University Natural Sciences / Biological Science
invasion ecology|invasion biology|invasion science|conservation biology|biological invasions|
138 99 0.717 450 389 0.864 78458 34896 0.445
3 5 14 1173 Jean Cleymans

South Africa
University of Cape Town Natural Sciences / Physics
Physics|Thermal Models|particle Physics|
119 95 0.798 417 321 0.770 63123 34300 0.543
1 6 16 1280 Zeblon Vilakazi

South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand Natural Sciences / Physics
High Energy physics|Grid Computing|
104 93 0.894 284 269 0.947 53731 32584 0.606
2 7 17 1495 Bruce Mellado

South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand Natural Sciences / Physics
Particle Physics|
126 89 0.706 537 384 0.715 82866 40538 0.489
2 8 18 1510 Simon Connell

South Africa
University of Johannesburg Natural Sciences / Physics
Nuclear Physics|Particle Physics|Diamond Physics|Quantum Physics|
103 89 0.864 270 212 0.785 50805 34415 0.677
3 9 20 2366 Joyful Mdhluli

South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand Natural Sciences / Physics
High Energy Physics|
81 80 0.988 251 251 1.000 21756 21426 0.985
4 10 22 2666 Karen Sliwa

South Africa
University of Cape Town Medical and Health Sciences / Cardiology
cardiology|heart failure|Africa|peripartum|
95 77 0.811 258 227 0.880 94283 64924 0.689
Table VII D. South Africa Top 10 Total Citiation Index Click for details
AD Scientific Index - 2022 South Africa Table VII D. South Africa Top 10 Total Citiation Index H INDEX i10 INDEX CITATION
University Country Region World Name Country University Subject Total Last 5 year Last 5 year / total Total Last 5 year Last 5 year / total Total Last 5 year Last 5 year / total
1 1 3 234 Sahal Yacoob

South Africa
University of Cape Town Natural Sciences / Physics
High Energy Particle Physics|
200 143 0.715 986 788 0.799 220010 114627 0.521
2 2 9 1378 Dan J Stein

South Africa
University of Cape Town Medical and Health Sciences / Psychiatry
Anxiety disorders|Psychiatry in Africa|
153 101 0.660 992 822 0.829 111221 63456 0.571
3 3 11 1793 Bongani M Mayosi

South Africa
University of Cape Town Medical and Health Sciences / Medicine
Medicine|
89 71 0.798 270 212 0.785 96178 67298 0.700
4 4 12 1860 Karen Sliwa

South Africa
University of Cape Town Medical and Health Sciences / Cardiology
cardiology|heart failure|Africa|peripartum|
95 77 0.811 258 227 0.880 94283 64924 0.689
1 5 14 2176 Robert J Scholes

South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand Natural Sciences / Biological Science
carbon cycle|savannas|earth observation|biodiversity|
98 63 0.643 266 180 0.677 87074 39159 0.450
1 6 15 2183 Loan Truong

South Africa
University of Johannesburg Natural Sciences / Physics
HEP|LHC|ATLAS|
149 138 0.926 548 546 0.996 86972 75256 0.865
2 7 16 2407 Bruce Mellado

South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand Natural Sciences / Physics
Particle Physics|
126 89 0.706 537 384 0.715 82866 40538 0.489
1 8 18 2686 David M. Richardson

South Africa
Stellenbosch University Natural Sciences / Biological Science
invasion ecology|invasion biology|invasion science|conservation biology|biological invasions|
138 99 0.717 450 389 0.864 78458 34896 0.445
5 9 23 3642 Naomi Sharlene Levitt

South Africa
University of Cape Town Medical and Health Sciences / Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
75 54 0.720 264 199 0.754 67050 39821 0.594
6 10 25 4102 Jean Cleymans

South Africa
University of Cape Town Natural Sciences / Physics
Physics|Thermal Models|particle Physics|
119 95 0.798 417 321 0.770 63123 34300 0.543
Table VII E. South Africa Top 10 Last 5 Years Citiation Index Click for details
AD Scientific Index - 2022 South Africa Table VII E. South Africa Top 10 Last 5 Years Citiation Index H INDEX i10 INDEX CITATION
University Country Region World Name Country University Subject Total Last 5 year Last 5 year / total Total Last 5 year Last 5 year / total Total Last 5 year Last 5 year / total
1 1 5 228 Sahal Yacoob

South Africa
University of Cape Town Natural Sciences / Physics
High Energy Particle Physics|
200 143 0.715 986 788 0.799 220010 114627 0.521
1 2 8 746 Loan Truong

South Africa
University of Johannesburg Natural Sciences / Physics
HEP|LHC|ATLAS|
149 138 0.926 548 546 0.996 86972 75256 0.865
2 3 13 933 Bongani M Mayosi

South Africa
University of Cape Town Medical and Health Sciences / Medicine
Medicine|
89 71 0.798 270 212 0.785 96178 67298 0.700
3 4 14 1011 Karen Sliwa

South Africa
University of Cape Town Medical and Health Sciences / Cardiology
cardiology|heart failure|Africa|peripartum|
95 77 0.811 258 227 0.880 94283 64924 0.689
4 5 17 1060 Dan J Stein

South Africa
University of Cape Town Medical and Health Sciences / Psychiatry
Anxiety disorders|Psychiatry in Africa|
153 101 0.660 992 822 0.829 111221 63456 0.571
1 6 26 2355 Bruce Mellado

South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand Natural Sciences / Physics
Particle Physics|
126 89 0.706 537 384 0.715 82866 40538 0.489
5 7 27 2418 Naomi Sharlene Levitt

South Africa
University of Cape Town Medical and Health Sciences / Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
75 54 0.720 264 199 0.754 67050 39821 0.594
2 8 29 2489 Robert J Scholes

South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand Natural Sciences / Biological Science
carbon cycle|savannas|earth observation|biodiversity|
98 63 0.643 266 180 0.677 87074 39159 0.450
1 9 34 2987 David M. Richardson

South Africa
Stellenbosch University Natural Sciences / Biological Science
invasion ecology|invasion biology|invasion science|conservation biology|biological invasions|
138 99 0.717 450 389 0.864 78458 34896 0.445
2 10 35 3069 Simon Connell

South Africa
University of Johannesburg Natural Sciences / Physics
Nuclear Physics|Particle Physics|Diamond Physics|Quantum Physics|
103 89 0.864 270 212 0.785 50805 34415 0.677