2018 tables: Institutions - academic

The 2018 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2016 Share 2017 Count 2017 Change in Adjusted Share 2016-2017*
1 University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits University), South Africa 7.36 11.25 135 50.7%
2 Stellenbosch University (SU), South Africa 7.36 10.87 33 45.5%
3 University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa 14.83 9.92 155 -34.1%
4 University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa 3.71 9.38 38 149.3%
5 University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa 3.32 3.40 93 0.9%
6 Durban University of Technology (DUT), South Africa 0.58 2.72 7 360.0%
7 Ain Shams University, Egypt 0.32 2.30 48 616.6%
8 North-West University (NWU), South Africa 0.76 2.24 10 191.3%
9 University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa 3.64 1.85 19 -49.8%
10 Sohag University, Egypt 0.26 1.48 7 457.6%
11 University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa 1.80 1.44 14 -21.3%
12 University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Benin 1.77 1.28 7 -28.7%
13 University of Science, Technique and Technologies of Bamako (USTTB), Mali 0.03 1.16 6 4,031.4%
14 University of Antananarivo, Madagascar 0.19 1.13 6 473.6%
15 Rhodes University (RU), South Africa 0.87 1.13 13 27.5%
16 University of the Free State (UFS), South Africa 2.17 1.11 7 -49.7%
17 University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN), Congo 0.06 1.09 6 1,564.0%
18 Suez University, Egypt 0.29 1.02 17 248.7%
19 University of Monastir (UM), Tunisia 0.05 0.97 7 1,751.4%
20 Minia University, Egypt 0.54 0.88 5 60.8%
21 University of Malawi, Malawi 0.26 0.82 6 208.6%
22 British University in Egypt (BUE), Egypt 0.51 0.76 40 47.3%
23 Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia 1.11 0.76 6 -32.6%
24 American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt 0.75 4 N/A
25 Makerere University, Uganda 0.22 0.71 7 213.9%
26 University of Carthage (UCAR), Tunisia 0.55 0.71 3 25.5%
27 University of Yaounde I (UYI), Cameroon 0.17 0.69 5 293.9%
28 University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 0.34 0.67 3 94.1%
29 University of Béjaïa, Algeria 0.22 0.67 3 200.8%
30 University Ferhat Abbas of Setif (UFAS), Algeria 0.15 0.65 3 324.4%
31 Mansoura University, Egypt 0.23 0.64 11 175.3%
32 Cairo University (CU), Egypt 0.86 0.63 25 -27.4%
33 University of La Réunion, Reunion 0.80 0.59 17 -27.5%
34 University of Khartoum, Sudan 0.21 0.56 2 162.8%
35 African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), South Africa 0.23 0.48 4 103.4%
36 Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD), Senegal 0.04 0.48 6 1,026.3%
37 Alexandria University, Egypt 0.84 0.48 7 -44.6%
38 Tunis El Manar University (UTM), Tunisia 0.15 0.45 4 195.0%
39 Cadi Ayyad University (UCA), Morocco 3.26 0.42 67 -87.4%
40 University of Badji Mokhtar-Annaba (UBMA), Algeria 0.42 2 N/A
41 University of Benghazi (UoB), Libya 0.39 2 N/A
42 Mohammed V University, Morocco 0.64 0.38 73 -41.7%
43 Abdou Moumouni University (UAM), Niger 0.37 3 N/A
44 University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria 0.02 0.35 5 1,614.8%
45 Oran University of Science and Technology - Mohamed Boudiaf (USTO MB), Algeria 0.40 0.30 1 -26.1%
46 Marien Ngouabi University (UMNG), Congo 0.26 0.29 1 9.7%
47 University of Namibia (UNAM), Namibia 0.03 0.29 4 802.3%
48 Beni-Suef University (BSU), Egypt 0.14 0.28 4 99.2%
49 Abdelmalek Essaâdi University (UAE), Morocco 1.42 0.27 3 -81.0%
50 University Ibn Tofaïl (UIT), Morocco 0.20 0.25 2 23.7%
51 Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University (USMBA), Morocco 0.08 0.25 1 195.7%
51 University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa 0.18 0.25 1 34.0%
51 Ardhi University, Tanzania 0.25 1 N/A
52 Université Ibn Zohr, Morocco 0.39 0.23 1 -41.9%
53 Hawassa University (HU), Ethiopia 0.10 0.23 2 121.8%
54 University of Ilorin (Unilorin), Nigeria 0.22 1 N/A
55 University of Douala, Cameroon 0.04 0.20 1 373.1%
55 University of Science and Technology Houari Boumedienne (USTHB), Algeria 0.58 0.20 1 -65.7%
56 University of Bamako, Mali 0.07 0.19 3 188.2%
57 Agostinho Neto University (UAN), Angola 0.18 1 N/A
58 University of Buea (UB), Cameroon 0.06 0.17 4 179.4%
59 University of Tripoli (UT), Libya 0.17 1 N/A
59 Université Sultan Moulay Slimane (USMS), Morocco 0.10 0.17 1 64.3%
59 Menoufia University, Egypt 0.17 1 N/A
59 University of Ngaoundere, Cameroon 0.17 1 N/A
59 University of Dschang, Cameroon 0.17 1 N/A
60 Université Mohammed Premier (UMP), Morocco 0.27 0.16 71 -39.6%
61 University of Ghana, Ghana 0.37 0.16 3 -57.7%
62 Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny (UFHB), Ivory Coast 0.19 0.15 3 -21.1%
63 Université des Sciences et Techniques de Masuku (USTM), Gabon 0.15 1 N/A
64 Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), Zimbabwe 0.33 0.14 1 -57.8%
64 Mekelle University, Ethiopia 0.14 1 N/A
65 University of Ziguinchor (UASZ), Senegal 0.07 0.13 1 72.5%
65 Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), Botswana 0.08 0.13 1 47.8%
65 University of Cape Verde (UniCV), Cape Verde 0.10 0.13 1 18.3%
65 University of Swaziland (UNISWA), Swaziland 0.17 0.13 1 -26.1%
65 Benha University, Egypt 0.45 0.13 1 -72.6%
65 Assiut University, Egypt 0.52 0.13 1 -76.4%
65 University of Sciences, Arts and Technology of Natitingou (USATN), Benin 0.13 1 N/A
66 Tanta University, Egypt 0.15 0.12 2 -22.4%
66 Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), South Africa 0.12 2 N/A
67 University of Sfax, Tunisia 0.42 0.11 2 -74.7%
68 Suez Canal University (SCU), Egypt 0.36 0.10 2 -71.5%
69 Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Tanzania 0.15 0.10 1 -33.3%
69 National School of Biotechnology "Toufik Khaznadar" (ENSB), Algeria 0.10 1 N/A
69 Ashesi University College, Ghana 0.10 1 N/A
70 University of Limpopo, South Africa 0.08 0.10 1 19.4%
71 Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny (INP-HB), Ivory Coast 0.08 1 N/A
71 National Polytechnic School of Oran, Algeria 0.08 1 N/A
72 Damietta University, Egypt 0.08 0.08 2 -8.7%
73 Maseno University, Kenya 0.08 1 N/A
74 Al-Azhar University, Egypt 0.03 0.07 1 125.3%
74 Euro-Mediterranean University of Fez (UEMF), Morocco 0.67 0.07 1 -89.4%
74 Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco 0.07 1 N/A
75 Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania 0.02 0.07 1 333.7%
76 Mouloud Mammeri University of Tizi-Ouzou (UMMTO), Algeria 0.06 1 N/A
76 Université d'Agriculture de Kétou (UNA), Benin 0.06 1 N/A
76 University of Porto-Novo (UPN), Benin 0.06 1 N/A
76 Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Namibia 0.06 1 N/A
76 Chouaib Doukkali University (UCD), Morocco 0.06 1 N/A
76 Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Nigeria 0.06 1 N/A
77 Helwan University (HU), Egypt 0.04 0.06 22 36.2%
78 University of Lay Adventists of Kigali (UNILAK), Rwanda 0.06 1 N/A
79 University of Gabès, Tunisia 0.29 0.05 1 -82.8%
80 University of Kisangani (UNIKIS), Congo 0.13 0.05 1 -64.2%
81 University Hassan II Casablanca (UHII), Morocco 0.36 0.04 65 -88.1%
82 University of Sierra Leone (USL), Sierra Leone 0.04 0.04 2 6.1%
83 Future University of Egypt (FUE), Egypt 0.04 1 N/A
83 University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 0.23 0.04 1 -81.8%
84 Université Polytechnique de Bobo-Dioulasso (UPB), Burkina Faso 0.04 1 N/A
84 École Normale Supérieure de Bamako (ENSUP), Mali 0.04 1 N/A
84 University of Souk Ahras, Algeria 0.04 1 N/A
85 Zagazig University, Egypt 0.48 0.04 1 -92.7%
86 University of Nigeria (UNN), Nigeria 0.03 2 N/A
87 Réseau Universitaire de Physique des Hautes Energies (RUPHE), Morocco 0.07 0.03 64 -54.5%
88 Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya 0.14 0.03 1 -77.4%
89 Université Omar Bongo, Gabon 0.02 1 N/A
89 University of Makeni (UNIMAK), Sierra Leone 0.02 1 N/A
90 University of the Gambia (UTG), Gambia 0.03 0.02 2 -36.6%
91 Nelson Mandela University (NMU), South Africa 0.66 0.02 1 -97.2%
92 Eastern Polytechnic College, Sierra Leone 0.02 1 N/A
92 Wollo University, Ethiopia 0.02 1 N/A
93 Moi University, Kenya 0.02 0.02 1 -20.5%
94 Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), Malawi 0.01 1 N/A
95 Gamal Abdel Nasser University of Conakry (UGANC), Guinea 0.02 0.01 1 -51.8%
95 Redeemer's University Nigeria (RUN), Nigeria 0.03 0.01 1 -61.5%
96 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana 0.17 0.01 1 -94.5%
97 Fayoum University (FU), Egypt 0.16 0.00 22 -97.4%
98 University of Lagos (Unilag), Nigeria 0.03 0.00 1 -90.1%
99 University of Abuja, Nigeria 0.00 0.00 1 -19.0%
100 Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia 0.00 1 N/A
101 Lagos State University (LASU), Nigeria 0.00 0.00 1 -34.6%

Footnote

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