University of the Witwatersrand: Rankings

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The University of the Witwatersrand ranked 2nd in South Africa and 406th in the World 2021 overall rankings, plus got TOP 100 in 21 academic topics. EduRank's ranking for the University of the Witwatersrand is based on 3 factors: research performance (a proprietary algorithm evaluated 53,421 publications and 1,408,928 citations), non-academic reputation, and the impact of 142 notable alumni .

RankRanking
#406 of 14,160In the World
#2 of 1,103In Africa
#2 of 26In South Africa
#1 of 2In Johannesburg
#7 of 1,023For Archaeology
#32 of 1,013For Gender Studies
#51 of 1,036For Human Rights Law
#360 of 8,209For Alumni Impact
#810 of 14,160For Non-academic Prominence
Top100For 18 other topics

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Medicine

The University of the Witwatersrand ranked 2nd for Medicine in South Africa and 253rd in the World with 18,242 publications made and 588,735 citations received. Main research topics: Public Health, Surgery, Pediatrics, Health Science, Healthcare Management (MHA).

RankRanking
#2 of 24In South Africa
#2 of 262In Africa
#253 of 4,839In the World

University of the Witwatersrand
Medicine Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
1990201145
1991179221
1992174150
1993172141
1994186155
1995155205
1996179240
1997176282
1998185339
1999196352
2000228589
2001229519
2002231594
2003197639
2004230670
20053501376
20062691271
20073611312
20084751627
20094532186
20104812602
20116343434
20127277018
20138234948
20148934087
201510326635
201611206828
201711936411
201811164438
201911303596
202015055559

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

The University of the Witwatersrand ranked 2nd for Liberal Arts & Social Sciences in South Africa and 145th in the World with 13,131 publications made and 358,750 citations received. Main research topics: Demography, Sociology, Political Science, Gender Studies, History.

RankRanking
#2 of 24In South Africa
#2 of 267In Africa
#145 of 5,152In the World

University of the Witwatersrand
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
19908731
19918353
19928167
199312197
19949876
19959489
1996113136
1997126171
1998122182
1999119195
2000162467
2001144512
2002164428
2003171581
2004212568
2005209730
2006271595
20072721142
20083431241
20093611147
20104351622
20115241747
20126415557
20136643298
20147992116
20158433710
20168934481
20179172976
20188723175
20198842009
202010012260

Biology

The University of the Witwatersrand ranked 4th for Biology in South Africa and 385th in the World with 8,813 publications made and 336,592 citations received. Main research topics: Immunology, Virology, Paleontology, Oncology and Cancer research, Zoology.

RankRanking
#4 of 24In South Africa
#4 of 264In Africa
#385 of 4,578In the World

University of the Witwatersrand
Biology Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
199010576
1991117232
199296107
1993103142
1994110193
199591148
1996100201
1997132225
1998117306
1999131357
2000162604
2001145481
2002147464
2003127513
2004126459
2005174800
20061641010
2007211788
2008258968
20092561322
20102661207
20112992142
20123241374
20134103315
20144001943
20155082823
20165242167
20174842414
20183881447
20194081226
20205462702

Environmental Science

The University of the Witwatersrand ranked 2nd for Environmental Science in South Africa and 152nd in the World with 7,804 publications made and 272,283 citations received. Main research topics: Geology, Geography and Cartography, Ecology, Petrology and Geochemistry, Environmental Management.

RankRanking
#2 of 23In South Africa
#2 of 244In Africa
#152 of 4,129In the World

University of the Witwatersrand
Environmental Science Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
19907599
19916996
199282111
199390175
199484102
199587162
199676184
199799189
199884217
1999108265
200095313
2001101466
2002137340
2003136448
2004171899
2005157551
2006169583
2007169735
2008159903
2009201840
20102201098
2011222808
20122701113
20133342566
20143661550
20154171515
20165241716
20175131952
20184331549
20194941415
20205271421

Chemistry

The University of the Witwatersrand ranked 1st for Chemistry in South Africa and 509th in the World with 6,125 publications made and 144,088 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Petrology and Geochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering.

RankRanking
#1 of 24In South Africa
#2 of 235In Africa
#509 of 4,409In the World

University of the Witwatersrand
Chemistry Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
19908556
19918884
19929069
199310267
1994129164
199599123
199697179
19978989
199895143
1999109219
200094115
200199227
2002103198
200382168
2004118233
2005115291
2006122331
2007150236
2008123238
2009171501
2010172432
2011186478
2012222484
2013210591
2014212597
2015248673
2016246618
2017294785
2018255681
2019295724
2020323712

Engineering

The University of the Witwatersrand ranked 4th for Engineering in South Africa and 609th in the World with 5,845 publications made and 93,996 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Metallurgical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Automation and Control engineering.

RankRanking
#4 of 23In South Africa
#6 of 235In Africa
#609 of 4,716In the World

University of the Witwatersrand
Engineering Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
19906224
19915314
19926232
19936432
19947339
19958654
19968275
19977350
19986239
19999197
20006956
200182123
20027074
20036482
200483155
200597182
2006124243
2007151217
2008133242
2009163429
2010169269
2011221469
2012246521
20132281045
2014260693
2015325674
2016329980
20173671012
2018337771
20193591026
2020379856

Physics

The University of the Witwatersrand ranked 1st for Physics in South Africa and 392nd in the World with 5,402 publications made and 208,772 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Quantum and Particle physics, Theoretical Physics, Optical Engineering, Condensed Matter Physics.

RankRanking
#1 of 22In South Africa
#1 of 183In Africa
#392 of 4,160In the World

University of the Witwatersrand
Physics Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
19905918
19915324
19925217
19937134
19948544
19958344
19968582
19977662
19987562
1999912452
20006865
200183160
20025247
20035062
200470102
200574124
200695209
2007118198
2008100151
2009130266
2010153327
2011168439
2012219442
20132542984
20142673159
20153414253
20163002431
20172921585
20183001521
20193201454
20203591212

Psychology

The University of the Witwatersrand ranked 2nd for Psychology in South Africa and 352nd in the World with 3,555 publications made and 80,926 citations received. Main research topics: Education Majors, Social Psychology, Psychiatry, Child Psychology, Occupational Therapy.

RankRanking
#2 of 23In South Africa
#2 of 118In Africa
#352 of 3,753In the World

University of the Witwatersrand
Psychology Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
19902911
1991194
19922946
19932827
19942815
19951850
19962624
19973121
19983457
19992752
200037148
20013872
200250104
20033059
200448140
200564229
200662182
200785382
2008107379
200997263
2010135399
2011165560
2012202574
2013196496
2014252847
2015206444
2016258646
2017255999
2018214454
2019177286
2020220338

Business

The University of the Witwatersrand ranked 3rd for Business in South Africa and 293rd in the World with 3,303 publications made and 57,700 citations received. Main research topics: Investment Banking and Stock trading, Public Policy / Administration, Marketing, Finance, Occupational Safety and Health.

RankRanking
#3 of 22In South Africa
#3 of 186In Africa
#293 of 4,080In the World

University of the Witwatersrand
Business Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
19902017
1991122
1992203
19932023
1994248
19951612
19962727
19972214
19983417
19992745
20003369
20013863
200258112
20033670
200467203
200560122
200673237
200770133
200883159
200983148
2010103223
2011149225
2012183803
2013177271
2014236371
2015225420
2016224491
20172541383
2018195396
2019216388
2020220330

Economics

The University of the Witwatersrand ranked 2nd for Economics in South Africa and 146th in the World with 3,274 publications made and 65,422 citations received. Main research topics: Development Studies, Political Economy, Investment Banking and Stock trading, Finance, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics.

RankRanking
#2 of 22In South Africa
#2 of 156In Africa
#146 of 3,117In the World

University of the Witwatersrand
Economics Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
19903510
1991227
19922812
19933620
19943114
19952614
19963720
19972822
19983634
19992878
20003659
200145282
20024781
20035067
200473177
200550117
200692220
200780181
200889291
200998339
2010108255
2011137270
2012128347
2013161721
2014197296
2015181309
2016233886
2017240913
2018191527
2019197298
2020195380

Art & Design

The University of the Witwatersrand ranked 4th for Art & Design in South Africa and 321st in the World with 1,237 publications made and 7,787 citations received. Main research topics: Creative Writing, Literature, Art History, Aesthetics, Fashion Design.

Please note that our approach to topical rankings is based on scientific outputs and therefore prefers institutions researching arts through computer science.

RankRanking
#4 of 19In South Africa
#4 of 69In Africa
#321 of 2,801In the World

University of the Witwatersrand
Art & Design Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
1990122
1991103
199292
199381
1994106
19951714
19961710
199795
1998102
1999101
20002113
2001142
20021916
20031520
20042310
20052317
20063118
20071927
2008269
20093317
20104728
20114846
20126747
20135023
20148838
20158665
20168458
20178848
20187160
20198740
20207685

Other rankings

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