2016 tables: Institutions - life sciences

The 2016 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2015 Count 2015
1 University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits University), South Africa 4.55 29
2 University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa 4.00 33
3 University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa 2.49 20
4 National Museums of Kenya (NMK), Kenya 1.37 10
5 Stellenbosch University (SU), South Africa 1.31 10
6 Research Institute of Health Sciences (IRSS), Burkina Faso 1.12 4
7 University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa 1.07 13
8 University of the Free State (UFS), South Africa 0.84 3
9 Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), Tanzania 0.73 3
10 University of Science, Technique and Technologies of Bamako (USTTB), Mali 0.69 4
11 Save the Elephants, Kenya 0.67 2
12 National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Tanzania 0.63 3
13 International Centre for Medical Research in Franceville (CIRMF), Gabon 0.63 3
14 National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), South Africa 0.59 14
15 Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Kenya 0.56 6
16 Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD), Senegal 0.55 9
17 Africa Health Research Institute, South Africa 0.54 7
18 Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia 0.51 6
19 Makerere University, Uganda 0.50 4
20 Mawana Game Reserve, South Africa 0.50 1
21 National Research Centre (NRC), Egypt 0.48 5
22 University of Bamako, Mali 0.41 4
23 Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI), Ethiopia 0.41 1
24 Congo Ministry of Health, Congo 0.36 4
25 University of Malawi, Malawi 0.35 6
26 African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), South Africa 0.33 2
26 Etosha Ecological Institute (EEI), Namibia 0.33 1
27 Kenema Government Hospital (KGH), Sierra Leone 0.32 3
28 International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya 0.32 2
29 Rhodes University (RU), South Africa 0.32 5
30 Mpala Research Centre (MRCC), Kenya 0.30 2
31 Tunis El Manar University (UTM), Tunisia 0.29 3
32 South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), South Africa 0.28 3
33 Mali International Center for Excellence in Research (ICER), Mali 0.28 2
34 University of Ghana, Ghana 0.27 4
35 Savannas Forever Tanzania (SFTZ), Tanzania 0.25 1
36 Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de La Réunion (CHU de La Réunion), Reunion 0.24 3
37 Cairo University (CU), Egypt 0.23 5
38 Ditsong National Museum of Natural History (Ditsong), South Africa 0.23 4
39 Mali Ministry of Health, Mali 0.21 1
40 Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania 0.21 2
41 Iziko Museums of Cape Town, South Africa 0.20 5
42 Organization of Coordination for the Fight against Endemic Diseases in Central Africa (OCEAC), Cameroon 0.20 1
42 University of Nairobi, Kenya 0.20 1
42 Beni-Suef University (BSU), Egypt 0.20 1
43 Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), Tanzania 0.19 2
44 Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Nigeria 0.19 3
45 Ivory Coast Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MESRS), Ivory Coast 0.19 1
46 Karonga Prevention Study, Malawi 0.17 1
46 University of Carthage (UCAR), Tunisia 0.17 1
47 Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone 0.16 3
48 University of Buea (UB), Cameroon 0.16 3
49 University of Yaounde I (UYI), Cameroon 0.16 3
50 University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa 0.15 5
51 Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny (UFHB), Ivory Coast 0.15 3
52 Mansoura University, Egypt 0.14 3
53 University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa 0.14 4
54 University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 0.14 1
54 National Museum of Tanzania, Tanzania 0.14 1
55 University of La Réunion, Reunion 0.14 3
55 Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), South Africa 0.14 1
56 South Africa Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), South Africa 0.13 3
56 Department of Science and Technology (DST), South Africa 0.13 3
57 Mohammed V University, Morocco 0.13 1
58 Oromia Regional Health Bureau, Ethiopia 0.13 1
58 Société d'exploitation du Parc de Lékédi (SODEPAL), Gabon 0.13 1
58 University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa 0.13 1
59 Benha University, Egypt 0.12 2
60 Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC), Uganda 0.12 1
61 NRF South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), South Africa 0.11 1
61 Sibanye Gold Limited, South Africa 0.11 1
61 AngloGold Ashanti, South Africa 0.11 1
61 University of Kabianga, Kenya 0.11 1
62 University of Monastir (UM), Tunisia 0.11 1
63 Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Nigeria 0.11 1
64 Agricultural Research Council (ARC), South Africa 0.10 2
65 National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), Swaziland 0.10 1
65 Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI), Tanzania 0.10 1
65 Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), Kenya 0.10 1
65 Assiut University, Egypt 0.10 1
66 Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA), Senegal 0.10 3
67 American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt 0.10 2
68 Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), Rwanda 0.10 1
69 Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research (LIBR), Liberia 0.09 1
69 Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), Kenya 0.09 1
70 Ain Shams University, Egypt 0.09 2
71 Minia University, Egypt 0.09 2
72 Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF), South Africa 0.08 1
72 National Center for Nuclear Sciences and Technology (CNSTN), Tunisia 0.08 1
72 Centre de Recherche sur les Filarioses et Autres Maladies Tropicales (CRFilMT), Cameroon 0.08 1
72 Tropical Pesticides Research Institute (TPRI), Tanzania 0.08 1
73 Females Rising through Empowerment, Support, and Health (FRESH) Study, South Africa 0.08 1
74 Nelson Mandela University (NMU), South Africa 0.08 2
75 Gamal Abdel Nasser University of Conakry (UGANC), Guinea 0.08 2
76 Kwara State University (KWASU), Nigeria 0.07 1
76 Manouba University (UMA), Tunisia 0.07 1
77 Institut Norvégien de Santé Publique (INSP), Guinea 0.07 2
78 Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya 0.07 1
79 Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), Uganda 0.07 2
80 Guinea Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, Guinea 0.06 2
81 Uganda Ministry of Health, Uganda 0.06 1
81 Connaught Hospital, Sierra Leone 0.06 1
82 Maseno University, Kenya 0.06 1
82 South Valley University (SVU), Egypt 0.06 1
82 University of Zimbabwe (UZ), Zimbabwe 0.06 1
82 West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), Ghana 0.06 1
83 Military Hospital Mohamed V, Morocco 0.05 2
84 Tunisia Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, Tunisia 0.05 1
84 Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Nigeria 0.05 1
85 Université Omar Bongo, Gabon 0.05 1
86 Burkina Faso Ministry of Health, Burkina Faso 0.05 2
87 National School of Biotechnology "Toufik Khaznadar" (ENSB), Algeria 0.05 1
88 Damanhour University, Egypt 0.05 1
88 Cameroon Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation, Cameroon 0.05 1
89 Tripoli Children's Hospital, Libya 0.04 1
89 Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Rwanda 0.04 1
90 Hôpital pour Enfants de Tunis, Tunisia 0.04 1
90 South Africa Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), South Africa 0.04 1
91 Zagazig University, Egypt 0.04 1
92 University of Namibia (UNAM), Namibia 0.04 1
92 Université de Mbandaka (Unimba), Congo 0.04 1
92 University Hassan II Casablanca (UHII), Morocco 0.04 1
93 Djillali Liabes University (UDL), Algeria 0.03 1
93 National Center for Research in Natural Sciences (CRSN), Congo 0.03 1
94 South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), South Africa 0.03 2
95 Ghana Health Service (GHS), Ghana 0.03 2
96 Redeemer's University Nigeria (RUN), Nigeria 0.03 4
97 Centre National de Recherches Préhistoriques, Anthropologiques et Historiques (CNRPAH), Algeria 0.03 1
98 North-West University (NWU), South Africa 0.03 1
99 Centre National de l'Energie, des Sciences et des Techniques Nuclaires / Rabat (CNESTEN), Morocco 0.03 1
99 City of Scientific Research and Technology Applications (SRTA-City), Egypt 0.03 1
100 Kamuzu Central Hospital, Malawi 0.03 1

Footnote

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