Monthly Archives: August 2013
Makerere University is the fourth best in Africa according to July rankings by Webometrics . The 90 -year-old university was ranked 12th in January.
In East Africa Dar-es-salaam University has made a surprise entry to the top 100 by clinching position 11, dislodging University of Nairobi(UoN) at position 14. UoN was ranked 17th in January.
Makerere is now ranked at position 696 in the world a great leap from position 1,177 it held in January. The dominance of South African universities in the top 10 rankings seems to diminish with only seven universities from SA taking the top 10 positions.
University of Kwa Zulu Natal is now ranked the best in Africa clinching the shine from University of Cape Town which came second. Stellenbosch University maintained its third position.
Only three other universities from Kenya made the top 100 cut with Maseno University at 21,Kenyatta University coming at position 53,Moi University 87 and JKUAT at position 96.
Strathmore university which was the second best university in Kenya at 43 in Africa in January has dropped to position 129 raising queries as to the accuracy of the new results. United States International University is ranked 202, Catholic University 245,Kenya Methodist University(Kemu) 256 and Daystar University at position 267.
Harvard is still the best university in the world followed by MIT(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Stanford Universities takes the third place.
The world ranking may have changed due to a number of issues and methodologies used by the ranking body.
“You can notice some changes, as we are working hard for improving the reliability, scientific soundness and the practical usefulness of the Ranking Web. The following methodological info supersedes all other previous texts and it applicable to the new edition,” posted Webometrics in their site
Webometrics uses a number of criteria to come up with university rankings with the four methodology used to rank the university.
- Size (S). Number of pages recovered from four engines: Google, Yahoo, Live Search and Exalead. For each engine, results are log-normalised to 1 for the highest value. Then for each domain, maximum and minimum results are excluded and every institution is assigned a rank according to the combined sum.
- Visibility (V). The total number of unique external links received (inlinks) by a site can be only confidently obtained from Yahoo Search. Results are log-normalised to 1 for the highest value and then combined to generate the rank.
- Rich Files (R). After evaluation of their relevance to academic and publication activities and considering the volume of the different file formats, the following were selected: Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), Adobe PostScript (.ps), Microsoft Word (.doc) and Microsoft Powerpoint (.ppt). These data were extracted using Google and merging the results for each filetype after log-normalising in the same way as described before.
- Scholar (Sc). Google Scholar provides the number of papers and citations for each academic domain. These results from the Scholar database represent papers, reports and other academic items.