Find out the best ranked Universities in Africa
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|
|3||611||University of Pretoria||124||1848||707||617|
|5||773||University of Kwazulu Natal||835||1816||1052||579|
|6||777||University of the Witwatersrand||1903||967||1971||448|
|8||1012||University of South Africa||429||1352||1476||2002|
|9||1017||University of the Western Cape||2429||1630||1029||1270|
|10||1109||Ain Shams University||3842||4458||42||976|
|12||1319||Polytechnic of Namibia||87||953||2196||4260|
|13||1394||University of Khartoum||639||1463||3969||1833|
|14||1435||University of Nairobi||839||2009||4055||1345|
|15||1452||Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University||1752||4040||853||1541|
|16||1518||American University in Cairo||3534||1748||2191||1914|
|18||1786||(1) University of the Free State||3220||4000||1882||1492|
|19||1797||University of Ghana||741||2500||5694||1474|
|20||1831||University of Johannesburg|