Tuesday, May 16, 2023

The University of Nairobi (UoN) has once again firmly established its position as a leading institution in the global academic landscape by emerging among the worlds top 2000 Universities in the latest rankings released on 16th May 2023, by the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR). UoN's impressive performance in the 2023 edition of the Global 2000 list is noteworthy, securing a commendable ranking of 1,425th. Placing within the top 7 percent of universities worldwide, the university's remarkable achievement highlights its substantial contributions to the advancement of knowledge.

By securing such a prominent global ranking, UoN has firmly established itself as an institution that continuously strives for educational brilliance and embraces research as a driving force for positive change. This recognition serves to inspire and motivate both current and future students, faculty, and stakeholders.

From the rankings, UoN's employability rank remains competitive, thus speaking to the university's success in preparing students for the professional world.

The rankings come at a time when the education sector is undergoing significant reforms, with a heightened focus on university funding in an attempt to extricate institutions from their current financial quagmire.

CWUR evaluated 62 million outcomes-based data points to assess universities globally based on four factors: quality of education (25 percent), employability (25 percent), quality of faculty (10 percent), and research performance (40 percent). These measurements were conducted without relying on surveys and data submissions from universities. The rankings encompassed 20,531 universities.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Stephen Kiama, received the news with much delight.He stated, "Naturally, we are thrilled. At UoN, students are educated with new knowledge based on research. We bear a substantial responsibility to uphold the standards we have established. Other universities know where to look."

In Africa, the top ten universities include Cape Town (267th), Witwatersrand (290th), Stellenbosch (450th), KwaZulu-Natal (478th), Cairo (520th), Pretoria (557th), Johannesburg (628th), Ain Shams (772nd), Addis Ababa (862nd), and North-West (887th)

The top 10 universities on the list are predominantly from the United States, with 332 institutions featured. Harvard remains the world's leading university for the twelfth consecutive year, achieving a perfect score of 100 percent. It is followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University. Among the top ten, Cambridge and Oxford from the United Kingdom are the only non-US universities, occupying the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.