In 2007 the National Research Foundation published its evaluation and rating research figures. It says "Universities should aspire to have at least 25% of their academic staff rated by the NRF to be regarded as a research-intensive university".
* In 2005 the top 10 Universities in SA in terms of percentage of their research/instruction staff with a valid NRF rating are: UCT, Stellenbosh, WITS, Rhodes, UWC, UFS, UP, NWU, UKZN, Nelson Mandela.
* According to the report in 2006 the number of rated researchers in Natural Sciences & Engineering were: UCT - 196; UP- 154; Stellenbosh - 151; WITS - 135; UKZN - 102; NWU - 56; UJ- 41, etc.
* The rated researchers in various rating categories per subject area in Natural Sciences & Engineering for 2006 are: Animal & Veterinary Sciences - 183; Health Sciences - 180; Engineering - 156; Mathematical Sciences - 139; Physics - 109; Earth Sciences - 98; Chemistry - 92; Plant Sciences - 89; Macrobiology and Plant Pathology - 68; Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology - 63; Forestry & Agricultural Sciences - 26.
* Percentage per rated researchers at institutions (2005), UJ- with 64 rated researchers and 917 professional/research professionals take the 11th place with 7.0%, compared to UCT - 31,6; Stellenbosh - 26.9; WITS - 16.9; UP - 11,2, etc.
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