Makerere,Nairobi among best Universities in Africa

University rankings by Wobemetrics

January 2013 University rankings by Wobemetrics

Kenyan universities have leaped  in the latest world rankings by Webometrics in result released in January 2013. Makerere University in Uganda is still ranked as the best University in East Africa and 9th in Africa one place up from position 10 in July last year.

University of Nairobi(UoN) is now ranked 12th best University in Africa  from position 14 in July.

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.

Kenyatta University has rose 11 places to position 19 in Africa up from position 30 it took last year.  Maseno University which  was not among the best 100 universities in Africa last year took position 31. JKUAT has continued to improve in her rankings from position 65 in July last year to 50 this January.

Strathmore University which was the second best university in Kenya in July and 30th in Africa has dropped drastically in her rankings to take position 64 in Africa and 5th in Kenya.

Other Kenyan universities ranked among top 100 universities in Africa include Egerton University at position 80 dropping in ranks from  62 in July last year. A new entrant from Kenya from the top 100 is African Virtual university at position 96.

Moi University which was at position 48last year has dropped out of the cream of African Universities to position 145. Daystar University is at position 182 and Baraton University at position 193 in Africa.

Stellenbosch University has dislodged  University of Cape Town as the best University in Africa and is ranked at position 400 worldwide. University of Cape Town is now second while University of Pretoria has maintained has third position for two years in a row. Both three universities are 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.

Research Methodology

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.


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Posted on February 8, 2013, in General News and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. It is good to know how these universities fare on!

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