Kampala, Uganda | URN | Makerere University is now ranked 16th in African continent and 1,225th in the global University rankings, despite being the best in Uganda.
This is according to the latest July 2019 Ranking Web commonly known as Webometrics, the largest academic ranking of Higher Education Institutions in the world.
The July edition is the second edition of the 2019 showing that Makerere University is dropping in the rankings.
During the first edition of the rankings in January this year, Makerere ranked 11th and 1,033 in the world. The University was 6th on the continent in 2018.
The scientific exercise is performed by the Cyber Metrics Lab (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC) with the intention of producing updated and useful information about the performance of Universities from all over the world based on their web presence and impact.
Since 2004, the Webometrics Ranking is published twice a year (data is collected during the first weeks of January and July for being public at the end of both months), covering more than 28,000 Higher Education Institutions worldwide.
Top on the list is University of Cape Town followed by University of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch University, University of Pretoria all from South Africa and Cairo University from Egypt in fifth position.
The University of Kwazulu Natal follows in 6th position, 7th is University of Johannesburg and University of South Africa in 8th position. The best in the East African region is University of Nairobi (UoN) at number 10.
“We intend to motivate institutions and scholars to have a web presence that reflect accurately their activities. If the web performance of an institution is below the expected position according to their academic excellence, university authorities should reconsider their web policy, promoting substantial increases of the volume and quality of their electronic publications,” said authors of the latest raking.
Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) is ranked 50th, while Kyambogo University stands at 176th position and Gulu University at 184th position.
Kampala International University (KIU) ranks number 217th on the continent, Uganda Martyrs University at 271, Islamic University in Uganda at 275 and Uganda Christian University (UCU) at 287th.