The University of Nairobi has emerged top five in the African Universities and Higher institutions Ranking 2015.
The ranking conducted by Journals Consortium placed the University of Nairobi at an outstanding position four in Africa. The top position was taken by the University of Cape Town while the second and third positions were taken by Cairo University and the University of Pretoria respectively.
The ranking by Journals Consortium was based on research publications and citations from the last five years (2010 to 2014) as well as visibility on the internet.
The University of Nairobi garnered an impact score of 38.8 on research publications and citations, 4.01 on Internet/Web presence and a total influence factor of 42.81.
In East Africa, Makerere University emerged position 11 while locally, Kenyatta University and Moi University were ranked at positions 28 and 47 respectively.
Other universities which had earlier on appeared on the list of best 100 in Africa did not make it to the top this time round. Egerton University which was ranked number 76 dropped past the 100 position. Both Maseno and JKUAT could not be traced in the list.
The latest rankings have also indicated that the current war of words between Kenyatta university students and those from the university of Nairobi will still intensify. Their online war escalated when the US president was seen to have preferred Kenyatta university to other institutions in the country. Kenyatta university has also over the past years been listed as the fastest growing institution in terms of infrastructure in East and central Africa.