Webometrics Ranks UoN Top University in East Africa 2020

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The University of Nairobi has been ranked the top institution in East Africa and number 10 in Africa by the Webometrics ranking.

Uganda’s Makerere University came in position 12 in Africa and second in East Africa, with the University of Dar-es-Salaam ranking 35th in the continent and third in the region.


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In the top 200 universities in Africa, eight Kenyan institutions appeared with UoN leading the rank at 10. Kenyatta University, Moi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) came in position 38, 47 and 62 respectively.

Egerton, Strathmore, Technical University of Kenya (TUK) and Maseno followed at 125, 134, 144 and 154 respectively in Africa.

In their 2020/21 ranking Webometrics also ranked UoN no 956 globally out of 30,590 universities, the only East African institution in the top 1,000.

Makerere and Dar-es-Salaam came in at position 1,013 and 1,838 respectively.

KU, Moi, JKUAT, Egerton, Strathmore and TUK were at 1,674, 2,108, 2,436, 3,622, 3,730 and 3,949 respectively.


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“The Ranking Web is not a ranking of the websites of Universities, it is a Ranking of Universities. It uses both webometric (all missions) and bibliometric (research mission) indicators

“The primary objective of the Ranking Web is to promote open access to the knowledge generated by the University. The best strategy to improve your rank is to increase the quantity and quality of your web contents,” Webometrics stated.

In previous ranking, St. Paul’s University was the most improved institution in Kenya. It had risen to 53rd position in Africa and was the 3rd best in the country.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) trailed behind St. Paul’s at position four in Kenya.

Strathmore University came in fifth in the country and 81st in the content. Moi University was 109 in Africa followed by Mount Kenya University at position 131.



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