UKZN’s Research Trajectory Propels it to the Top

The University of KwaZulu-Natal has secured the top spot in South Africa for total published research outputs and total weighted actual research outputs for the year 2018.

This was for the latest audited assessment period by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). UKZN had previously been placed second nationally with regard total published research outputs.

Total published research outputs are based on journals, books and book chapters, and conference proceedings. UKZN produced a total of 2 069.36 units in 2018.

The University produced the largest number of accredited journal outputs nationally. The total weighted actual research output includes graduated doctoral and master’s students. UKZN was the largest producer of doctoral graduates nationally, contributing approximately 15% of the total national number for 2018. For the first time, UKZN also clinched the position as the top university for total weighted actual research outputs.

The University’s 2018 research output reaffirms its standing as a research intensive university, and commitment to contributing to the knowledge economy through knowledge production and human capacity development.

‘The University is extremely proud of this achievement,’ said Professor Deresh Ramjugernath, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research. ‘Our gratitude goes to all staff, students and stakeholders that have been instrumental in us achieving this position as the top university nationally in terms of research outputs. For 2018 alone, UKZN graduated approximately 500 doctoral students. This made up 15% of the total doctoral graduates nationally,’ he said.