The University of Nairobi has maintained its top position in Kenya and is placed at position 7 in the 2020 African University Ranking. The ranking published by uniRank recognizes the most popular top 200 higher-education institutions in Africa.
South African universities still dominate the top positions in Africa. The first 6 universities in the ranking are from South Africa led by the University of Pretoria. University of Cape Town and University of Witwatersrand are in position 2 and 3 respectively. In East Africa, Kenyatta University was ranked 16 followed by Makerere University at number 20.
The most improved institution in Kenya is St. Paul’s University. The university has risen to 53rd position in Africa and the 3rd best in the country. It has displaced some of the well known public and private universities which have been dominating the list in the past years.
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology trails behind St. Paul’s at position four in Kenya and 61st in Africa. Strathmore University comes in fifth in the country and 81st in the content. Moi University is 6th best in the country and 109 in Africa followed by Mount Kenya University at position 131.
Egerton University has dropped to position 8 in the country and trails at position 148 in the country followed by Technical University of Kenya at position 171.
St. Paul’s University almost faced closure after it emerged that they had huge debts and that some of their courses did not meet the requirements set out by the Commission for University Education in the country. The latest ranking which places them above main players ushers in a new era in their academic reign.
Notably missing from the list is Maseno University, Masinde Muliro University, Multimedia University and Maasai Mara University.
uniRank’s selection criteria considers institutions that have been chartered, licensed and or accredited by the appropriate higher education-related organization in each country. In addition, they recognize universities that are offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees) and those that are delivering courses predominantly in a traditional, face-to-face and non-distance education format.
The aim of the ranking is to provide a non-academic League Table of the top Universities in Africa based on valid, unbiased and non-influenceable web metrics provided by independent web intelligence sources rather than data submitted by the Universities themselves.