Find out the best ranked Universities in Africa

Fountain of knowledge: The entry to Nairobi University in Nairobi

University of Nairobi(UoN) is now ranked 14th best University in Africa  from position 17 in January.

The latest rankings released by Webometrics Ranking web of  universities  in July shows that Makerere University is still the best university in East Africa at position 11.

Nairobi university has continued to improve her rankings every year  and it seems her eyes are fixed on overtaking Makerere University as the best university in East Africa, before overtaking the South African universities which dominates the top 10 best universities in Africa.

Worldwide UoN is ranked at  1435 a drop from position 1,365 in January. Makerere is ranked at 1,174 globally.Webometrics ranked  20,000 universities world-wide.

Kenyatta University has up staged Strathmore University by being the second best university in Kenya and 30th in Africa. Kenyatta has improved its ranking from position 47 in January. Strathmore is third at position 37 in Africa. Other Kenyan universities ranked among top 100 universities in Africa include: Moi University at position 48(Africa) 3390(World),Egerton University 62(Africa) 3959(World),JKUAT at 65(Africa) 4039(World).

University of Cape Town in the best University in Africa and is ranked at position 336 worldwide. On the second position is the  Stellenbosch University at position 337 Worldwide and third is University of Pretoria both in South Africa.

The top 10 universities in the world are all from the US with Harvard University, MIT(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Stanford Universities taking the lead in best world universities.

Webometrics uses a number of criteria to come up with university rankings with the four methodology used to rank the university.

PRESENCE (20%). The total number of webpages hosted in the main webdomain (including all the subdomains and directories) of the university as indexed by the largest commercial search engine (Google). It counts every webpage, including all the formats recognized individually by Google, both static and dynamic pages and other rich files. It is not possible to have a strong presence without the contribution of everybody in the organization as the top contenders are already able to publish millions of webpages. Having additional domains or alternative central ones for foreign languages or marketing purposes penalizes in this indicator and it is also very confusing for external users.

IMPACT (50%). The quality of the contents is evaluated through a “virtual referendum”, counting all the external inlinks that the University webdomain receives from third parties. Those links are recognizing the institutional prestige, the academic performance, the value of the information, and the usefulness of the services as introduced in the webpages according to the criteria of millions of web editors from all over the world. The link visibility data is collected from the two most important providers of this information: Majestic SEO and ahrefs. Both use their own crawlers, generating different databases that should be used jointly for filling gaps or correcting mistakes. The indicator is the product of number of backlinks and the number of domains originating those backlinks, so it is not only important the link popularity but also the link diversity. The maximum of the normalized results is the impact indicator.

OPENNESS (15%). The global effort to set up institutional research repositories is explicitly recognized in this indicator that takes into account the number of rich files (pdf, doc, docx, ppt) published in dedicated websites according to the academic search engine Google Scholar. Only correctly formed file names are considered (for example, the Adobe Acrobat files should end with the suffix .pdf). The objective is to consider recent publications that now are those published during the period between 2007 and 2011, although is open to future modifications.

EXCELLENCE (15%). The academic papers published in high impact international journals are playing a very important role in the ranking of Universities. Using simply the total number of papers can be misleading, so we are restricting the indicator to only those excellent publications, i.e. the university scientific output being part of the 10% most cited papers in their respective scientific fields. Although this is a measure of high quality output of research institutions, the data provider Scimago group supplied non-zero values for more than 5200 universities (period 2003-2010). In future editions it is intended to match the counting periods between Scholar and Scimago sources.

1 336 University of Cape Town 592 635 404 287
2 337 Stellenbosch University bandera 585 312 688 472
3 611 University of Pretoria bandera 124 1848 707 617
4 671 Rhodes University bandera 391 686 1513 1104
5 773 University of Kwazulu Natal bandera 835 1816 1052 579
6 777 University of the Witwatersrand bandera 1903 967 1971 448
7 796 Cairo University bandera 3130 813 1399 718
8 1012 University of South Africa bandera 429 1352 1476 2002
9 1017 University of the Western Cape bandera 2429 1630 1029 1270
10 1109 Ain Shams University bandera 3842 4458 42 976
11 1174 Makerere University bandera 299 4798 970 881
12 1319 Polytechnic of Namibia bandera 87 953 2196 4260
13 1394 University of Khartoum bandera 639 1463 3969 1833
14 1435 University of Nairobi bandera 839 2009 4055 1345
15 1452 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University bandera 1752 4040 853 1541
16 1518 American University in Cairo bandera 3534 1748 2191 1914
17 1685 Mansoura University bandera 3056 4081 2287 961
18 1786 (1) University of the Free State bandera 3220 4000 1882 1492
19 1797 University of Ghana bandera 741 2500 5694 1474
20 1831 University of Johannesburg

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Posted on September 4, 2012, in General News and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hi, I read your blogs daily. Your writing style is witty, keep doing what you’re doing!

  2. Hi,i have read your blogs and i’m much enthuse,keep it up.

  3. I Would Like To Know Of Current Ranking Of The Best Universities In Africa

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