2018 tables: Institutions - life sciences - 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 Cape Town (UCT), South Africa 4.65 3.59 38 -24.2%
2 University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits University), South Africa 1.15 3.25 22 176.5%
3 University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa 1.16 3.18 20 169.0%
4 University of Science, Technique and Technologies of Bamako (USTTB), Mali 0.03 1.16 6 4,006.3%
5 University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa 1.28 1.14 14 -12.2%
6 Stellenbosch University (SU), South Africa 1.88 0.97 17 -49.5%
7 University of Malawi, Malawi 0.26 0.82 6 206.7%
8 University of Antananarivo, Madagascar 0.11 0.75 4 562.6%
9 University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 0.25 0.42 2 65.1%
10 University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa 0.51 0.31 5 -40.6%
11 Marien Ngouabi University (UMNG), Congo 0.01 0.29 1 4,098.6%
12 Rhodes University (RU), South Africa 0.03 0.26 3 829.5%
13 University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa 0.13 0.26 5 94.4%
14 University of La Réunion, Reunion 0.31 0.25 7 -21.7%
15 Makerere University, Uganda 0.22 0.24 5 4.2%
16 Mansoura University, Egypt 0.17 0.21 5 20.0%
17 University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN), Congo 0.06 0.21 2 220.4%
18 Mohammed V University, Morocco 0.37 0.19 3 -49.0%
19 University of Bamako, Mali 0.07 0.19 3 186.4%
20 University of Buea (UB), Cameroon 0.06 0.17 4 177.7%
21 African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), South Africa 0.01 0.17 1 1,010.3%
21 Menoufia University, Egypt 0.17 1 N/A
21 University of Ngaoundere, Cameroon 0.17 1 N/A
22 Sohag University, Egypt 0.17 0.16 2 -8.2%
23 University of Ghana, Ghana 0.37 0.16 3 -58.0%
24 Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), Zimbabwe 0.14 1 N/A
25 Ain Shams University, Egypt 0.10 0.12 3 17.1%
26 Tunis El Manar University (UTM), Tunisia 0.04 0.11 2 191.0%
27 Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny (UFHB), Ivory Coast 0.11 2 N/A
28 University of Sfax, Tunisia 0.11 2 N/A
29 Alexandria University, Egypt 0.03 0.10 4 196.8%
30 Cairo University (CU), Egypt 0.48 0.10 4 -79.2%
31 Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Tanzania 0.15 0.10 1 -33.7%
31 National School of Biotechnology "Toufik Khaznadar" (ENSB), Algeria 0.10 1 N/A
32 University of the Free State (UFS), South Africa 0.25 0.10 2 -61.3%
33 University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Benin 0.27 0.10 3 -64.4%
34 University of Limpopo, South Africa 0.10 1 N/A
35 University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria 0.02 0.10 4 369.8%
36 Minia University, Egypt 0.16 0.09 2 -45.2%
37 Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny (INP-HB), Ivory Coast 0.08 1 N/A
38 Maseno University, Kenya 0.08 1 N/A
39 Suez University, Egypt 0.07 1 N/A
40 University of Yaounde I (UYI), Cameroon 0.05 0.07 3 17.2%
41 Suez Canal University (SCU), Egypt 0.07 0.06 1 -10.0%
41 Chouaib Doukkali University (UCD), Morocco 0.06 1 N/A
42 Tanta University, Egypt 0.10 0.06 1 -45.6%
42 American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt 0.06 1 N/A
43 University of Kisangani (UNIKIS), Congo 0.05 1 N/A
44 University of Sierra Leone (USL), Sierra Leone 0.04 0.04 2 5.5%
45 Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia 0.35 0.04 1 -87.9%
46 Future University of Egypt (FUE), Egypt 0.04 1 N/A
47 Université Polytechnique de Bobo-Dioulasso (UPB), Burkina Faso 0.04 1 N/A
48 University of Béjaïa, Algeria 0.04 1 N/A
49 Zagazig University, Egypt 0.06 0.04 1 -39.8%
50 University of Monastir (UM), Tunisia 0.04 0.03 1 -26.5%
51 Université Mohammed Premier (UMP), Morocco 0.03 0.03 1 3.7%
52 Université Omar Bongo, Gabon 0.02 1 N/A
52 University of Makeni (UNIMAK), Sierra Leone 0.02 1 N/A
53 Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD), Senegal 0.04 0.02 3 -51.2%
54 University of the Gambia (UTG), Gambia 0.03 0.02 2 -37.0%
55 Nelson Mandela University (NMU), South Africa 0.13 0.02 1 -85.5%
55 University of Namibia (UNAM), Namibia 0.02 1 N/A
56 Eastern Polytechnic College, Sierra Leone 0.02 1 N/A
56 Wollo University, Ethiopia 0.02 1 N/A
57 Moi University, Kenya 0.02 0.02 1 -21.0%
58 Damietta University, Egypt 0.08 0.01 1 -82.7%
59 Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), Malawi 0.01 1 N/A
60 Gamal Abdel Nasser University of Conakry (UGANC), Guinea 0.02 0.01 1 -52.1%
60 Redeemer's University Nigeria (RUN), Nigeria 0.03 0.01 1 -61.7%
61 University Hassan II Casablanca (UHII), Morocco 0.04 0.01 1 -77.4%
62 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana 0.17 0.01 1 -94.5%
63 Abdou Moumouni University (UAM), Niger 0.01 1 N/A
64 University of Lagos (Unilag), Nigeria 0.03 0.00 1 -90.2%
65 University of Abuja, Nigeria 0.00 0.00 1 -19.5%
66 Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia 0.00 1 N/A
67 University of Nigeria (UNN), Nigeria 0.00 1 N/A
68 Lagos State University (LASU), Nigeria 0.00 0.00 1 -35.0%

Footnote

Each year, the Nature Index publishes tables based on counts of high-quality research outputs in the previous calendar year. Users please note:

  1. The data behind the tables are based on a relatively small proportion of total research papers, they cover the natural sciences only and outputs are non-normalized (that is, they don’t reflect the size of the country or institution, or its overall research output).
  2. The Nature Index is one indicator of institutional research performance. The metrics of Count and Share used to order Nature Index listings are based on an institution’s or country’s publication output in 82 natural-science journals, selected on reputation by an independent panel of leading scientists in their fields.
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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.