University of Nairobi emerges among top 20 best African universities

The University of Nairobi. (UoN). [Photo: smapsecom]

The University of Nairobi (UoN) has been ranked among the top 20 institutions of higher learning in Africa.

It was ranked position 13 in Africa and the top university in Kenya. The ranking was conducted by Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.

Egerton University took the second position in the ranking nationally and position 37 in Africa.

Kenyatta University took the third position in national ranking and 40th position in Africa.

Moi University came in fourth position followed by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in fifth position.

Both Moi University and JKUAT were ranked 51 and 52nd positions respectively in Africa.

Technical University of Kenya (TUK) took the sixth position and 147 in Africa.

Maseno University took the seventh position nationally and 157 in Africa.

Strathmore, the only private Kenyan University ranked eight position nationally.

This year, only eight Kenyan universities made it the top 200 best universities in Africa.

TUK Vice-Chancellor Prof Francis Aduol said the ranking is good news to the institution and now strives to get to the top.

“We are glad that only the big five universities are ahead of us. We now strive to move to top 100 in the next ranking moving forward,” said Prof Francis Aduol, TUK vice-chancellor according to the Standard.

In the private universities category in the country, Strathmore takes the lead follows by United States International University (USIU), Daystar University and Mount Kenya Universities.

Webometrics Ranking is spearheaded by a group of researchers – Cybermetrics Lab affiliated to Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), which is the largest public research body in Spain.

International ranking of universities bolsters Kenyan universities to comply with international standards.

In the Africa ranking the universities were ranked based on three metrics.

When the ranking is global the ranking focuses on five metrics which are research, teaching, industry income, citations and international outlook.