University of Cape Town (UCT)

South Africa

The University of Cape Town’s geographical vantage point at the tip of Africa offers an exhilarating research environment that combines excellence with impact.

As a leading research university (1st in Africa THE, QS, ARWU 2015; 120 in the world THE 2015), the University of Cape Town (UCT) is one of the best places in the world to research Africa-specific problems, from the chemistry of malarial drug discovery to the development of urban Africa. We have strong collaborative networks across the globe, and often form a nexus of partnerships between researchers in the global north and global south, particularly Africa. It is therefore not surprising that we attract researchers — from postgraduates and postdoctoral fellows to leaders in their field — from all over the continent and the world.

Experts in the southern skies

UCT is fast becoming Africa’s astronomy and cosmology hub. It includes global leaders in their field, such as Professor George Ellis, who co-wrote The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time with Stephen Hawking; Professor Michael Feast, who published his first paper in Nature at 21 and his most recent at the age of 87; and Professor Russ Taylor, who is leading our involvement in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project and the big data challenges it brings.

Conserving biodiversity

A recent paper in Nature Plants describes a local plant that engages in what is possibly the best example of faecal mimicry for seed dispersal anywhere in the world. This is typical of the work we do in our hotspot of biodiversity, with extensive interdisciplinary expertise in conservation, climate adaptation and community conflict.

Big in brains

Some neurological disorders, such as neuro-HIV, have far greater prevalence in Africa than elsewhere. UCT draws together cutting-edge technology and skills from a range of neuroscience disciplines to create a web of expertise that integrates laboratory, clinic and community, and opens new ways for Africa to contribute to the global body of knowledge in this rapidly advancing field.

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1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University of Cape Town (UCT) published between 1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

202 20.41 13.17

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 142 11.52 4.27
Earth & Environmental Sciences 21 5.14 5.14
Life Sciences 43 4.76 4.76
Chemistry 6 0.87 0.87

1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 5.82% Domestic
  • 94.18% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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