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South Africa University/Institution Rankings 2023

     In the presence of many different university ranking systems, as the "AD Scientific Index", we have developed a ranking system with a different methodology based on the principle of including only meritorious scientists. Based on Google Scholar’s total h-index scores, we have listed all academicians, who are ranked in the world in the top 2% and top Top 10% in university rankings. Furthermore, we have listed the breakdown of this ranking by main subjects. As the order of ranking principles, we used the overall top 2% scientists list primarily. Secondly, we used the ranking in the top 10%, top 20%, top 40%, top 60% and top 80% scientists list. Thirdly, the total number of scientists in the AD Scientific Index was ranked by the university. In the case of equalities within a university ranking, we used the highest rank of the scientist in the respective university as it is listed in the world ranking.

       You may sort the ranking from the highest score to the lowest or vice versa in any of these fields. You can observe the fields, which move the respective university to the forefront. Furthermore, the name of the academician with the highest total h-index in the respective university is displayed with the world ranking. Top University Ranking by “AD Scientific Index” will not only list the areas, where a university is the best or has room for improvement, but also reflect the outcomes of scientist policies of the institutions. This report reveals the competency of institutions to attract prized scientists and the ability of institutions to encourage advances and retain scientists. Click for individual or institutional registration.

AD Scientific Index - World University/Institution Rankings 2023 Total Number of Scientists in University/Institution
Country Ranking unfold_more Region Ranking unfold_more World Ranking unfold_more University / Institution unfold_more Country unfold_more Founded unfold_more Source unfold_more Best Scientist in University/Institution
World Rank / Name
Total Universities in Country unfold_more Total Scientists in Index unfold_more In top %2 In top %10 In top %20 In top %30 In top %40 In top %50 In top %60 In top %70 In top %80 In top %90 Total Scientists in Index
1 1 293
 
University of Cape Town
South Africa 1874 Public 231
 
Sahal Yacoob

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45 1183 19 140 277 387 498 597 685 784 977 1126 1183
2 2 430
 
Stellenbosch University
South Africa 1918 Public 1415
 
David M. Richardson
45 1003 11 78 175 262 357 438 522 616 775 935 1003
3 3 552
 
University of the Witwatersrand
South Africa 1922 Public 2052
 
Bruce Mellado

i
45 795 8 54 141 228 298 361 436 513 601 772 795
4 4 741
 
University of Pretoria
South Africa 1908 Public 3559
 
Mike Wingfield
45 761 5 55 134 231 311 400 486 527 625 741 761
5 5 761
 
University of Kwazulu Natal
South Africa 2004 Public 8101
 
Fernando Albericio
45 733 5 38 105 176 239 285 338 374 519 714 733
6 6 912
 
North West University
South Africa 2004 Public 7848
 
Christo Venter

i
45 466 4 15 61 94 141 194 253 303 327 453 466
7 7 1012
 
University of Johannesburg
South Africa 2005 Public 937
 
Loan Truong

i
45 807 3 19 71 126 182 231 288 357 549 789 807
8 10 1183
 
University of the Western Cape
South Africa 1959 Public 10637
 
Roy Maartens
45 370 2 18 40 71 99 129 157 198 269 344 370
9 11 1219
 
Rhodes University
South Africa 1904 Public 13992
 
Tebello Nyokong
45 241 2 14 33 56 89 113 123 134 172 224 241
10 14 1318
 
South African Medical Research Council
South Africa 1969 Private 9758
 
Carl Lombard
45 72 2 7 15 27 31 37 43 51 62 67 72
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11 19 1607
 
National Institute for Communicable Diseases
South Africa 2002 Public 11903
 
Lynn Morris
45 60 1 10 19 24 29 35 42 47 51 52 60
12 21 1698
 
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa
South Africa 1945 Private 16614
 
Suprakas Sinha Ray
45 309 1 7 16 31 46 69 103 133 201 280 309
13 22 1815
 
Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa
South Africa 1968 Private 12812
 
Karl Peltzer
45 77 1 5 8 14 24 26 34 42 57 74 77
14 23 1823
 
Africa Health Research Institute
South Africa 2016 Private 15661
 
Willem Hanekom
45 23 1 5 6 6 7 9 9 10 11 16 23
15 25 1931
 
Nelson Mandela University
South Africa 2005 Public 4043
 
Richard M. Cowling
45 179 1 3 9 23 27 35 52 70 100 132 179
16 28 2003
 
South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity
South Africa 2000 Public 20539
 
Whitfield, AK
45 30 1 3 3 5 8 12 13 14 19 24 30
17 29 2008
 
University of Fort Hare
South Africa 1916 Public 17734
 
AJ Afolayan
45 152 1 2 11 26 37 44 56 71 113 149 152
18 42 2436
 
University of the Free State
South Africa 1904 Public 38660
 
HC Swart
45 287 0 10 26 48 69 97 127 161 230 286 287
19 44 2461
 
University of South Africa
South Africa 1873 Public 52642
 
Bhekie Mamba
45 699 0 9 24 54 89 132 179 243 401 653 699
20 49 2642
 
Tshwane University of Technology
South Africa 2003 Public 72890
 
Felix Dapare Dakora
45 183 0 6 15 24 37 47 62 83 117 161 183
21 54 2855
 
Durban University of Technology
South Africa 2002 Public 42134
 
TA Stenstrom
45 160 0 4 12 22 35 47 56 64 97 107 160
22 58 2903
 
South African National Biodiversity Institute
South Africa 2004 Public 61902
 
John Manning
45 51 0 4 9 10 12 15 20 24 30 49 51
23 63 3041
 
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
South Africa 2005 Public 109083
 
Olalekan Fatoki
45 178 0 3 10 20 28 49 61 79 127 176 178
24 66 3167
 
South African Astronomical Observatory
South Africa 1972 Public 42744
 
D. Buckley

i
45 14 0 3 6 7 7 7 7 8 8 10 14
25 79 3357
 
University of Venda
South Africa 1982 Public 76844
 
Pascal O. Bessong, Massaf
45 154 0 2 8 18 23 33 41 58 85 115 154
26 90 3494
 
University of Zululand
South Africa 1960 Public 117176
 
Thavendran Govender
45 70 0 2 5 9 15 20 21 25 41 69 70
27 95 3545
 
University of Limpopo
South Africa 2005 Public 118737
 
Olawale Fatoki
45 179 0 2 4 9 16 21 29 46 83 148 179
28 126 4060
 
Agricultural Research Council, South Africa
South Africa 1990 Public 128664
 
Dalene De Beer
45 99 0 1 4 13 20 30 41 51 73 94 99
29 131 4131
 
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
South Africa 2014 Public 115086
 
Liviu Feller
45 90 0 1 4 7 10 14 16 23 38 60 90
30 137 4263
 
Central University of Technology
South Africa 1981 Public 89215
 
Igor Yadroitsev (Ihar Yadroitsau)
45 68 0 1 3 5 10 13 18 31 46 66 68
31 143 4438
 
Vaal University of Technology
South Africa 1966 Public 119314
 
Augustine Ofomaja
45 88 0 1 2 7 10 13 17 24 37 57 88
32 210 5782
 
University of Mpumalanga
South Africa 2014 Public 195869
 
Tatenda Dalu
45 70 0 0 2 4 5 8 13 20 30 46 70
33 284 6774
 
South African National Space Agency
South Africa 2010 Public 248469
 
Stewart Bernard
45 14 0 0 1 2 2 2 5 7 8 9 14
34 293 6935
 
Foundation for Professional Development
South Africa 1997 Private 194963
 
Remco Peters
45 3 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 3
35 313 7224
 
National Metrology Institute of South Africa
South Africa 2006 Public 163497
 
Filippus Stefanus Roux
45 6 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 5 5 6
36 316 7312
 
Belgium Campus Itversity
South Africa 1999 Private 160985
 
Kris A. Willems
45 3 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 3
37 332 7566
 
Walter Sisulu University
South Africa 2005 Public 266343
 
Stephen Akinlabi
45 105 0 0 0 2 5 9 16 28 48 77 105
38 347 7700
 
Mangosuthu University of Technology (Technikon)
South Africa 1979 Public 390913
 
Mehdi Sattari
45 53 0 0 0 1 4 7 10 14 23 38 53
39 449 8859
 
Sol Plaatje University
South Africa 2014 Public 320671
 
Nhamo Chaukura
45 53 0 0 0 1 1 5 6 8 18 31 53
40 615 10964
 
South African Reserve Bank
South Africa 1921 Public 627483
 
Witness Simbanegavi
45 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 7 7 8
41 663 11502
 
Milpark Business School
South Africa 1997 Private 603581
 
Tshediso Joseph Sekhampu
45 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 3 4 5
42 779 13070
 
South African Theological Seminary
South Africa 1996 Private 714086
 
William Domeris|Bill Domeris
45 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 4
43 960 15901
 
St Joseph`s Theological Institute
South Africa 2010 Private 898190
 
Susan Rakoczy
45 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2
44 987 16253
 
Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology
South Africa 1997 Private 1039081
 
Arno Meyer
45 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
45 1073 17635
 
George Whitefield College
South Africa 1989 Private 1089491
 
Nathan Lovell
45 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3