Makerere University is now ranked the fourth best institution of higher learning in Africa, up from ninth position about a year ago. The Webometrics rankings, conducted by Cybermetrics Lab, a Spanish-based research agency, assess the performance of universities from all over the world based on their web presence and impact.
The areas of focus were visibility, presence, openness and excellence. Visibility at 50 per cent and Activity; which includes Presence, Openness and Excellence, all combined at 50 per cent.
According to the results released last week, Makerere moved to fourth position, rooting itself behind three South African universities. University of Kwazulu Natal was ranked highest followed by University of Capetown and Stellenbosch University. University of Capetown had been number one in the last rankings.
South Africa tops
South African universities took positions in the top 10, the other three slots going to Uganda (Makerere), Nigeria (Obafemi Awolowo University) and Egypt (Cairo University). In the East African region, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania was ranked 11th in Africa while University of Nairobi, Kenya took 14th slot.
Whereas Makerere was the only Ugandan university featuring in the top 50, Gulu University stood at number 79, Makerere University Business School (Mubs) came at position 122, Mbarara University of Science and Technology was 132 while Uganda Christian University was placed number 179.
Asked to comment on the rankings, Makerere University’s Director of Quality Assurance Vincent Ssembatya said whereas the institution was impressed, it would strive to post even better results.
On the world scale, Makerere ranks 696th. On the key indicator of excellence, which considers academic papers published in high-impact journals, Makerere moved from number 883rd in January 2013 to 854th in July 2013.
Africa top ten Names
University of Kwazulu Natal
University of Cape Town
University of the Witwatersrand
University of Pretoria
University of the Western Cape
Obafemi Awolowo University