University of Nairobi ranked best institution in region

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 00:00 |
University of Nairobi. Photo/PD/GERALD ITHANA

University of Nairobi (UoN) has been ranked as the best institution of higher learning in East Africa.

The Webometrics ranking also placed UoN position 10 in Africa, Uganda’s Makerere University was placed at position 12 while the University of Dar-es-Salaam was ranked 35th.

The African continent has 1,902 universities.

Latest Webometrics ranking puts UoN as the only East African institution appearing at number 956 in the top 1,000 universities worldwide while Makerere University is ranked at number 1013 while Dar es Salaam appears at position 1838.

“Universities are ranked under four criteria namely presence, openness, impact” and excellence commonly known as research,” read a Webometrics statement.

Only eight Kenyan universities appear among the top 200 institutions of higher learning in Africa.

UoN appears at number 10 followed by Kenyatta University at position 28, Moi comes  third at number 47 while Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology  (JKUAT) is in position 62 on the continent.

Egerton University was placed 125, Strathmore at number 134 while Technical University of Kenya (TU-K) and Maseno were in position 144 and 154 respectively.

Locally, KU was ranked second after UoN followed by Moi at position, JKUAT (4), Egerton, Strathmore, Technical University of Kenya, Maseno University, Masinde Muliro and Murang’a University in that order.

In the category of research, 12 Kenyan universities have been ranked as which included UoN, Moi, JKUAT UoN, KU, Egerton, Maseno, TU-K, Strathmore, Masinde Muliro, Kenya Forestry Research Institute (Kefri), Daystar University and Catholic University of East Africa, in that order.

In the top 4000 universities in the world, only seven local universities appear out of the 12,011 that were ranked.

UoN which was number 956 in the world followed by KU at position 1674, Moi was number 2108, JKUAT appeared at 2436, Egerton was position 3622 then Strathmore at position 3730 and TU-K at number 3949.

Slightly over 30,000 institutions were evaluated world-wide but only 12,011 met the criteria for ranking by Webometrics.

The primary objective of the Ranking Web is to promote Open Access to the knowledge generated by universities.

The best strategy for universities to improve rank is by increasing quantity and quality of web contents. 

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