Researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) hold 135 positions on the University of Stanford’s Top 2% Scientists in the World. That’s according to the latest version of the list published in September. It features 195 605 researchers who make up the top 2% worldwide based on citations over their full careers.
Of these, 615 are from South Africa, with 135 being UCT researchers. Twelve UCT researchers are among the top 100 in their fields.
“Researchers at the University of Cape Town are world leaders,” said Professor Sue Harrison, the UCT deputy vice-chancellor for Research and Internationalisation. “They are doing research that is important, influential and of a high standard, and, as such, are helping to set the research agenda globally.
“I congratulate each and every one of you – regardless of whether you appear on this list – for the work you are doing to further African and global knowledge.”
Citation metrics (how often a researcher’s work is referred to in peer-reviewed publications) do not capture the full merit of a researcher’s work, and a low position on the list (or absence from the list) doesn’t mean they don’t do good work.
This list tends to favour those in the physical and health sciences, and, of course, it does not measure social impact. However, it is one among many important measures of excellence. Here, normalised by field, it provides insight into those whose work is influential in their discipline.
The list, based on bibliometric information (citation metrics) from Scopus and published by Elsevier, is a publicly available database of top-cited scientists. The latest version is based on a 1 September 2022 snapshot from Scopus updated to the end of citation year 2021. It provides standardised information on citations, h-index, co-authorship adjusted hm-index, citations to papers in different authorship positions and a composite indicator (c-score). The list ranks individuals within their own field and relative to the size of field, taking into account individual contribution.
The UCT researchers among the top 100 in their fields are:
View the September 2022 update of the database.
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As we look back on 2022, we celebrate some of the stories that were popular with readers of the UCT News website during the year.
The Hasso Plattner d-school Afrika at UCT hosted the prestigious d.confestival, the first design thinking event of its kind in Africa.13 Jan 2023 - 4 min read Readers’ Choice 2022
UCT researchers were honoured for their research at the NRF awards, while others were added to the NRF’s list of A-rated scholars.12 Jan 2023 - 9 min read Readers’ Choice 2022
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UCT’s Faculty of Science graduation walk of celebration.11 Jan 2023 Readers’ Choice 2022
UCT’s Faculty of Humanities graduation walk of celebration.11 Jan 2023 Readers’ Choice 2022
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UCT doctoral student Mweete Debra Nglazi’s research showed that obesity in SA women of childbearing age is due to a lack of physical activity and increased consumption of unhealthy food.09 Jan 2023 - 5 min read Readers’ Choice 2022
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UCT Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said design thinking and interdisciplinary research foster habits of collaboration, creative confidence and a trial-and-error mindset.05 Jan 2023 - 5 min read Readers’ Choice 2022
UCT’s Forest Hill Residence launched the innovative “You Have the Drive” programme to help students acquire their driver’s licences.05 Jan 2023 - 7 min read Readers’ Choice 2022
The 2020 and 2021 Student Leadership Awards recognised the outstanding contributions made by student leaders and organisations in an online ceremony.04 Jan 2023 - 6 min read Readers’ Choice 2022
UCT remained the top university on the continent according to ShanghaiRanking’s 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities.03 Jan 2023 - 3 min read Readers’ Choice 2022
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng lauded VC Excellence Award winners at a COVID-19-delayed event held at Glenara.30 Dec 2022 - 4 min read Readers’ Choice 2022
UCT leadership and staff gathered at the Table Bay Hotel on 25 October for a celebration dinner in honour of the 2022 UCT retirees.30 Dec 2022 - 7 min read Readers’ Choice 2022
UCT is among the top 60 most international universities in the world, according to the 2022 list released by Times Higher Education.29 Dec 2022 - 3 min read Readers’ Choice 2022
UCT’s Associate Professor Amshuda Sonday’s promotion to the professoriate took effect on 1 January 2022.29 Dec 2022 - 6 min read Readers’ Choice 2022
Associate Professor Shannon Morreira’s promotion to the professoriate marked a full-circle moment for her academic career at UCT.28 Dec 2022 - 8 min read Readers’ Choice 2022
Employees owe a duty of care to safeguard their colleagues from COVID-19 harm, wrote UCT’s Pierre de Vos.28 Dec 2022 - >10 min read Readers’ Choice 2022
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UCT Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng wished the matric class of 2022 well as they wrote their final exams.23 Dec 2022 - 3 min read Readers’ Choice 2022
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The three-day First-Year Campus Reception programme took place in the Sports Centre on upper campus.22 Dec 2022 - 1 min read Readers’ Choice 2022
UCT soars 23 places to land at 160th globally in the latest international university rankings published by Times Higher Education.21 Dec 2022 - 3 min read Readers’ Choice 2022
UCT’s executive said farewell to the SRC at a dinner hosted by VC Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng on 16 November.21 Dec 2022 - 8 min read Readers’ Choice 2022