Embu University Ranked the Best University Ahead of UoN, KU and JKUAT
Embu University Ranked the Best University Ahead of UoN, KU and JKUAT. No Kenyan higher education institutions made the top 100 in Times Higher Education’s first Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) university rating, which was released on Monday, June 26.
The University of Embu, the highest-ranking institution in Kenya, came in at number sixteen on the list for the entire continent, which was headed by Makerere University of Uganda.
The list also included the University of Kabianga, Maasai Mara University, Riara University, Kibabii University (number 36), Kabarak University (number 42), Rongo University (number 25), and others.
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenyatta University (KU), and University of Nairobi (UoN) were not in attendance.
Notably, the study’s creator, Ashesi University in Ghana, disclosed that it had only evaluated 121 institutions that had supplied information for the exercise.
This practically meant that esteemed colleges like UoN were excluded since they had not provided the requisite information.
The 88 universities in 20 countries are ranked in this inaugural edition. The 33 more institutions are listed since they contributed information but did not match the standards for inclusion in the ranking, the ranking’s creators explained.
A methodology consisting of five fundamental pillars—resources and finances, access and fairness, teaching abilities, student engagement, and African impact—was used for the rating, which covered a total of 121 universities.
The top two universities, the University of Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg, were among the four institutions from South Africa that made the top 10. Tanzania had two, while there was one in each of Uganda, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Ghana.
The event’s organizers said that private institutions in sub-Saharan nations were efficient and adaptive, usually going above and beyond to follow up on their graduates’ accomplishments.
In order to provide high-quality education to a diverse population, public and private higher education institutions in sub-Saharan Africa collaborate, according to Laté Lawson, research manager at the Charity Education Sub-Saharan Africa.
Professor of international education at the University of Cambridge and director of the Research for Equitable Access and Learning Centre Pauline Rose lamented the fact that institutions were underfunded, had high faculty-to-student ratios, and had little time or money for research.
The top three universities on the list were University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), University of Johannesburg (South Africa), and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Science (Tanzania).
After Makerere University, which was ranked thirteenth, UoN was ranked fourteenth in Africa by Webometrics Ranking of World Universities in February 2023.
The University of Cape Town was ranked top at the time among the 100 African universities that were considered. The list is created by Webometrics by looking at the institution’s influence, excellence, and openness.
In the list of the top ten universities worldwide, the United States and the United Kingdom predominated.
The University of New Zealand slipped 20 ranks on the global list, according to a new rating released by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) on May 15.
The four indicators used were education, employability, faculty, and research classification. It was said that UoN graduates would struggle to fit in on the job market.