UKZN rated top university for mathematics research

2012-06-27 00:00

THE University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has been rated the top South African university in maths research by internationally-respected business data provider Thomson Reuters.

UKZN was followed by the universities of Cape Town, the Witwatersrand, Pretoria and Stellenbosch.

It also compared favourably with international universities.

The Thomson Reuters study used the relative discipline impact in ranking universities which, rather than using the total number of publications produced, assesses the impact of the publications under review against the impact of all publications in the disciplines.

Professor Kesh Govinder, dean and head of the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at UKZN, said instead of directly comparing the disciplines against each other, the study took into account the impact of research in a discipline against the expected impact of the discipline itself. “This relative impact is then compared to other disciplines. In that analysis, in addition to being the top mathematics discipline in the country, mathematics was the top discipline at UKZN as well.”

Govinder said he was very proud of the results which represented a significant achievement for the discipline. “What made these results all the more important is that they measured the relative impact over a 10-year period and did not focus on a single ‘good’ year.”

— Witness Reporter.

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