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Research Overview

In the course of 2014, research at the University of Pretoria increased in impact, levels of productivity and international collaboration and partnerships. 


Our areas of research strength are wide ranging. In 2014 we had high productivity and impact in the following disciplinary fields:


World Rankings

The University of Pretoria was ranked 471-480 in the QS World Rankings and 46th out of all BRICS Universities.

 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) subject rankings for 2014 show eight knowledge fields in which UP ranks in the top 200 internationally:


Agriculture and Forestry [101-150]
Communication and Media Studies [151-200]
Development Studies [51-100]
Education [151-200]
English Language and Literature [151-200]
 Agriculture and Forestry [151-200]
 Communication and Media Studies [101-200]
 Development Studies [151-200]

QS rankings of disciplines are the result of the aggregated opinions of scholars from around the world




NRF-rated researchers on our staff, reflecting a 19% increase from 2012.


Researchers at UP listed in the WoS Essential ScienceIndicators as authors or co-authors of the global top 1% in their fields in 2014.


Journal publication units in DHET accredited journals.


Increase in external research funding.


Academic staff with PhDs – an increase of 14.6% from 2012.


Industry and internationally funded Chairs.


SARChI Chairs funded by the DST-NRF South African Research Chairs Initiative.


Institutes, Centres and Units building capacity in key research areas.




UP’s international profile rests primarily on four pillars: participation in international university associations; international students studying at UP; active international partnerships; and publications co-authored with scholars from beyond South Africa’s borders. UP is a member of more than 20 international associations and networks. The overall number of international student studying at UP in 2014 increased by 13% from 2011.



Publications with international collaborators in 2014


New agreements with industry and public sector partners.


Institution-wide international partnerships



Postdoctoral fellows


Doctoral graduates in 2014 


Staff members published 1 226 collaborative research papers across 68 countries



International patents filed in 2014 under the Patent Cooperation Treaty system.


Total number of patents in the UP portfolio


International postdoctoral fellows from more than 45 countries.

Frequencies of 10> co-published articles with UP researchers in 2014 shown here,
Thomson Reuters InCites™.



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