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2013 - The University of Cape Town still leads the National Research Foundation researcher ratings

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First Posted: 4 Jan 2014


Ratings

The table shown below lists those South African universities with more than 50 rated researchers as determined by the National Research Foundation (NRF) as of 10 April 2013. The list is ordered using the ”Total” column. This column reflects the summation of all the research categories that the NRF rates with respect to academic staff at universities (The figures enclosed in parentheses are those for 2012. The figures enclosed in square brackets represent the percentage increase/decrease). Columns ”A” through ”F” represent the researcher categories and they are: ”Leading international researcher”, ”Internationally acclaimed researcher”, ”Established researcher”, ”NRF Prestigious Award”, ”Promising young researcher” and ”Late entrant into research” respectively.

Institution Total A B C D E F
University of Cape Town 408 (372) [  9.68] 32 145 164 6 59 2
University of Pretoria 334 (312) [  7.05] 9 70 209 2 42 2
Stellenbosch University 311 (312) [-0.32] 11 82 165 3 49 1
University of the Witwatersrand 248 (221) [12.22] 16 70 120 1 39 2
University of KwaZulu-Natal 209 (207) [  0.97] 5 40 138 0 24 2
North-West University 141 (132) [  6.82] 2 16 103 1 17 2
University of South Africa 130 (108) [20.37] 1 10 101 0 16 2
University of Johannesburg 112 (  98) [14.29] 6 23 66 1 16 0
University of the Free State 106 (109) [-2.75] 0 12 84 0 9 1
University of the Western Cape   94 (  87) [  8.05] 1 23 62 0 7 1
Rhodes University   70 (  61) [14.75] 2 18 38 0 11 1
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University   60 (  59) [  1.69] 2 4 52 0 2 0

Comments

  1. The University of Cape Town is still the most productive university and leads the rest by a considerable margin.

  2. The University of Cape Town's productivity also increased on an annual basis by almost 10%.

Notes

  1. The figures mostly speak for themselves. Last year I attempted to normalise the raw totals in terms of the respective university student enrolments. This adjustment significantly improved the performance of Rhodes University and would probably do the same for 2013.

  2. I would very much like to do a similar analyses for Research Publications, but have not been able to find the required data in a suitable format in the public domain.

  3. The figures for 2012 were dealt with in greater detail in a mock academic paper entitled, "How does the University of KwaZulu-Natal rate?". That paper is referenced in Blog 21


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