2017 tables: Institutions - academic

The 2017 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2015 Share 2016 Count 2016 Change in Adjusted Share 2015-2016*
1 University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa 9.63 14.83 164 57.9%
2 Stellenbosch University (SU), South Africa 11.03 7.36 25 -31.5%
3 University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits University), South Africa 12.96 7.36 130 -41.8%
4 University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa 12.85 3.71 38 -70.4%
5 University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa 1.58 3.64 25 136.1%
6 University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa 5.55 3.32 92 -38.7%
7 Cadi Ayyad University (UCA), Morocco 1.85 3.26 74 81.5%
8 University of the Free State (UFS), South Africa 1.85 2.17 13 20.1%
9 University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa 1.84 1.80 17 0.8%
10 University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Benin 1.77 4 N/A
11 Abdelmalek Essaâdi University (UAE), Morocco 0.63 1.42 5 129.7%
12 Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia 1.01 1.11 9 12.3%
13 Rhodes University (RU), South Africa 2.05 0.87 12 -56.4%
14 Cairo University (CU), Egypt 0.74 0.86 22 18.7%
15 Alexandria University, Egypt 0.26 0.84 7 236.5%
16 University of La Réunion, Reunion 0.26 0.80 15 215.5%
17 North-West University (NWU), South Africa 0.99 0.76 7 -21.8%
18 University of Nairobi, Kenya 0.20 0.74 6 280.1%
19 University of Zimbabwe (UZ), Zimbabwe 0.06 0.73 3 1,254.6%
20 Euro-Mediterranean University of Fez (UEMF), Morocco 1.00 0.67 1 -31.6%
21 Nelson Mandela University (NMU), South Africa 0.25 0.66 7 176.5%
22 Mohammed V University, Morocco 0.54 0.64 76 21.7%
23 Constantine 1 University, Algeria 0.29 0.60 3 116.5%
24 Durban University of Technology (DUT), South Africa 0.58 2 N/A
25 University of Science and Technology Houari Boumedienne (USTHB), Algeria 0.20 0.58 2 194.9%
26 University of Carthage (UCAR), Tunisia 0.52 0.55 4 9.1%
27 University of Jijel, Algeria 0.55 3 N/A
28 Minia University, Egypt 0.14 0.54 3 307.4%
29 Assiut University, Egypt 0.97 0.52 3 -45.1%
30 British University in Egypt (BUE), Egypt 0.67 0.51 30 -22.4%
31 The German University in Cairo (GUC), Egypt 0.50 1 N/A
32 Zagazig University, Egypt 0.09 0.48 4 475.6%
33 Benha University, Egypt 0.21 0.45 2 115.8%
34 University of Sfax, Tunisia 0.21 0.42 2 99.4%
35 Oran University of Science and Technology - Mohamed Boudiaf (USTO MB), Algeria 0.40 1 N/A
36 Université Ibn Zohr, Morocco 0.39 3 N/A
37 University of Ghana, Ghana 0.49 0.37 4 -22.3%
38 Suez Canal University (SCU), Egypt 0.48 0.36 4 -22.5%
39 University Hassan II Casablanca (UHII), Morocco 0.32 0.36 68 16.1%
40 University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 0.22 0.34 3 59.1%
41 Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), Zimbabwe 0.33 1 N/A
42 Ain Shams University, Egypt 0.58 0.32 30 -43.5%
43 Suez University, Egypt 0.00 0.29 11 10,908.4%
44 University of Gabès, Tunisia 0.36 0.29 1 -17.9%
45 Université Mohammed Premier (UMP), Morocco 0.70 0.27 73 -60.5%
46 Sohag University, Egypt 0.09 0.26 3 185.8%
47 University of Malawi, Malawi 0.35 0.26 6 -23.5%
48 Marien Ngouabi University (UMNG), Congo 0.25 0.26 2 5.3%
49 University of Maroua, Cameroon 0.25 1 N/A
50 African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), South Africa 0.46 0.23 5 -48.2%
51 Mansoura University, Egypt 0.59 0.23 7 -60.0%
52 University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 0.23 2 N/A
53 Makerere University, Uganda 0.70 0.22 6 -67.2%
54 University of Béjaïa, Algeria 0.06 0.22 2 260.6%
55 University of Khartoum, Sudan 0.21 3 N/A
56 University Ibn Tofaïl (UIT), Morocco 0.20 0.20 1 1.6%
57 Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS), Tanzania 0.20 2 N/A
58 University of Antananarivo, Madagascar 0.19 3 N/A
59 Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny (UFHB), Ivory Coast 0.15 0.19 3 34.3%
60 University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa 0.14 0.18 4 33.7%
61 University of Yaounde I (UYI), Cameroon 0.16 0.17 5 14.2%
62 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana 0.02 0.17 3 871.8%
63 Université des Sciences, de Technologie et de Médecine (USTM), Mauritania 0.17 1 N/A
63 University of Swaziland (UNISWA), Swaziland 0.17 1 N/A
64 South Valley University (SVU), Egypt 0.41 0.16 3 -58.4%
65 Eritrea Institute of Technology (EIT), Eritrea 0.16 2 N/A
66 Fayoum University (FU), Egypt 0.08 0.16 16 101.5%
67 Tanta University, Egypt 0.49 0.15 2 -68.7%
67 University Ferhat Abbas of Setif (UFAS), Algeria 0.15 1 N/A
68 Tunis El Manar University (UTM), Tunisia 1.25 0.15 3 -87.7%
69 Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Tanzania 0.15 2 N/A
70 University of Venda (UNIVEN), South Africa 0.02 0.15 5 611.6%
71 University of Oran, Algeria 0.14 1 N/A
71 Al Fashir University, Sudan 0.14 1 N/A
72 Beni-Suef University (BSU), Egypt 0.24 0.14 6 -40.2%
73 Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya 0.08 0.14 4 68.0%
74 Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Nigeria 0.13 2 N/A
75 Ecole Normale Supérieure de Kouba (ENS-Kouba), Algeria 0.38 0.13 2 -63.5%
76 ARMSCOR, Armaments Corporation of South Africa SOC Ltd., South Africa 0.13 1 N/A
76 FOFIFA DRZV - Department of Zootechnical and Veterinary Research, Madagascar 0.13 1 N/A
76 University of Kisangani (UNIKIS), Congo 0.13 1 N/A
76 Hassan 1er University, Morocco 0.13 1 N/A
76 Jimma University, Ethiopia 0.13 1 N/A
76 Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), Mozambique 0.13 1 N/A
77 Kenyatta University (KU), Kenya 0.11 1 N/A
77 Landmark University (LMU), Nigeria 0.11 1 N/A
78 University of Cape Verde (UniCV), Cape Verde 0.10 1 N/A
79 Université Sultan Moulay Slimane (USMS), Morocco 0.18 0.10 1 -44.1%
79 University of Bouira, Algeria 0.10 1 N/A
79 Hawassa University (HU), Ethiopia 0.10 1 N/A
80 Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Uganda 0.01 0.09 3 1,473.5%
81 Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), Botswana 0.08 1 N/A
81 Damietta University, Egypt 0.08 1 N/A
81 Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST), Sudan 0.08 1 N/A
81 Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University (USMBA), Morocco 0.23 0.08 1 -62.2%
82 University of Limpopo, South Africa 0.08 3 N/A
83 Réseau Universitaire de Physique des Hautes Energies (RUPHE), Morocco 0.12 0.07 70 -35.5%
84 Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa 1.27 0.07 1 -94.2%
84 University of Ziguinchor (UASZ), Senegal 0.07 1 N/A
85 Université Ziane Achour de Djelfa, Algeria 0.07 1 N/A
86 University of Bamako, Mali 0.41 0.07 2 -83.6%
87 University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN), Congo 0.21 0.06 3 -68.8%
88 Egerton University, Kenya 0.17 0.06 1 -63.8%
88 University of Buea (UB), Cameroon 0.23 0.06 1 -73.9%
89 Faculty of Sciences of Tunis (FST), Tunisia 0.06 1 N/A
89 University of Fort Hare (UFH), South Africa 0.06 2 N/A
90 University of Monastir (UM), Tunisia 0.73 0.05 2 -92.7%
91 Omar Al-Mukhtar University (OMU), Libya 0.05 1 N/A
92 Helwan University (HU), Egypt 0.00 0.04 18 1,315.4%
93 Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD), Senegal 0.55 0.04 2 -92.3%
93 University of Douala, Cameroon 0.13 0.04 1 -65.8%
93 Bayero University Kano (BUK), Nigeria 0.04 1 N/A
94 University of Sierra Leone (USL), Sierra Leone 0.01 0.04 1 252.8%
95 Federal University of Technology Minna (FUTMINNA), Niger 0.04 1 N/A
96 Sinai University, Egypt 0.04 1 N/A
97 Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale (IFAO), Egypt 0.04 1 N/A
98 University of Botswana (UB), Botswana 0.57 0.04 1 -93.5%
99 University of Lagos (Unilag), Nigeria 0.04 0.03 1 -1.0%
100 Al-Azhar University, Egypt 0.17 0.03 1 -81.2%
101 University of Namibia (UNAM), Namibia 0.07 0.03 3 -56.3%
102 University of the Gambia (UTG), Gambia 0.01 0.03 1 479.2%
103 University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana 0.03 1 N/A
104 University of Zululand (UNIZILU), South Africa 0.03 1 N/A
105 University of Mauritius (UOM), Mauritius 0.33 0.03 1 -91.5%
105 University of Science, Technique and Technologies of Bamako (USTTB), Mali 0.69 0.03 1 -95.9%
105 International University of Rabat (IUR), Morocco 0.03 1 N/A
105 Covenant University, Nigeria 0.03 1 N/A
106 Redeemer's University Nigeria (RUN), Nigeria 0.03 0.03 1 -11.2%
107 Mount Kenya University (MKU), Kenya 0.02 1 N/A
108 Gamal Abdel Nasser University of Conakry (UGANC), Guinea 0.08 0.02 2 -71.2%
109 University of Abou Bekr Belkaïd, Algeria 0.02 1 N/A
110 Moi University, Kenya 0.02 1 N/A
111 University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria 0.01 0.02 3 265.2%
112 University of Seychelles, Seychelles 0.02 1 N/A
113 Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania 0.00 0.02 1 437.7%
114 Future University (FU), Sudan 0.01 1 N/A
115 Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana 0.01 1 N/A
116 College of African Wildlife Management (CAWM), Tanzania 0.01 1 N/A
117 Bingham University, Nigeria 0.00 0.00 1 -8.6%
117 University of Abuja, Nigeria 0.06 0.00 1 -93.1%
118 Lagos State University (LASU), Nigeria 0.00 0.00 2 75.1%

Footnote

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*The change in adjusted Share accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. Share values have been adjusted to 2020 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.