Makerere University remains the number one institution of higher learning in Uganda but it has failed to move into the top ten in Africa for the second time, according to Webometrics rankings for 2017/18.
In the latest rankings, Makerere is ranked 11th of the 100 universities considered in Africa, trailing the University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch University, University of Pretoria, University of KwaZulu Natal, Cairo University, University of Nairobi, University of Johannesburg, University of Western Cape and University of Ibadan, respectively.
Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) is ranked second in Uganda after Makerere though the former is ranked 55th in Africa’s 100 top universities.
University of Nairobi leads the rest in East Africa, having been ranked 8th. It is followed by Makerere University. Egerton University and Kenyatta University are ranked 23rd and 24th respectively, while Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is ranked 61st.
Tanzania’s University of Dar Es Salaam and Muhimbili University of Health Sciences are ranked at position 32 and 56 respectively.
Each year, Webometrics, the largest web academic ranking of Higher Education Institutions, does the global ranking twice, based on criteria such as the number of citations, presence, visibility and excellence. University ranking continues to remain the common means of informing the public about the relevance and value for investment in education.