Makerere Slips to 4th Place in African University Rankings

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The universities are ranked based on their teaching, international outlook, research, citations, and industry income. Makerere University scored 15.9 percent in teaching, 58 percent in international outlook, 33.1 percent in industry income, 11.8 in research and 70.7 in citations.

Makerere University has dropped to the forth position in Africa, according to the 2016 report by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The university had ascended from the seventh position in 2014 to third position in 2015 rankings.

The universities are ranked based on their teaching, international outlook, research, citations, and industry income. Makerere University scored 15.9 percent in teaching, 58 percent in international outlook, 33.1 percent in industry income, 11.8 in research and 70.7 in citations.

This new snapshot ranking for Africa, drawn from the overall Times Higher Education World University Rankings, demonstrates that Africa has some strong universities that can compete among the best in the world.

The report features institutions from seven African countries feature in the ranking.  Although placed in position 120 in World rankings, South Africa's University of Cape Town emerged the best university in Africa, the report shows.  It is also the only African university in the top 200 in the world.

It is followed be the University of Witwatersrand and Stellenbosch University respectively in second and third place respectively. Completing the top five universities list is the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Egypt is the second-most represented country in the ranking, with three of its universities emerging among the best on the continent. They include; Suez Canal University in ninth position, Alexandria University in the tenth position and Cairo University in eleventh position.

Morocco came third with two universities, University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad in twelfth place and Mohammed V University of Rabat in positioned fifteenth. The other African nations represented are Ghana whose University of Ghana lies in the seventh place and Kenya represented by eighth placed university of Nairobi.  The University of Ibadan in Nigeria is fourteenth.

In Makerere University, the rankings have been received with excitement, particularly in the department of Library where the research papers of the university are digitized.

Luke Francis Kiwanuka, an Academic Librarian at the University says that although there was a slip, the rankings give Makerere an edge.
 
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Phil Baty, the editor of Times Higher Education World University Rankings says: "Africa needs great research universities which can compete on a world stage to realize its huge potential, and to ensure that its great demographic dividend does not turn into a demographic disaster.

He says world-class universities in Africa can reverse the brain drain, create the new knowledge and drive the innovation that is required to ensure the revitalization and renewal of this great continent.