16 December 2018
Africa has not been well served by the standard world university rankings and some countries have resorted to extracting data from Webometrics and UniRank to construct national rankings. There have been repeated calls for local rankings with criteria that reflect national and African priorities. At present there are 21 Rwandan institutions in the Webometrics rankings. The University of Rwanda is in first place, followed by Kibogora Polytechnic, Université Libre de Kigali, the Adventist University of Central Africa, and the University of Lay Adventists of Kigali.
The Minister of Education, Dr Eugene Mutimura, has urged the Higher Education Council to start a national ranking next year. Suggested indicators include academic reputation, graduate employability, the number of local and international staff, and international research links.
The minister suggested that in order to be included in the ranking universities should be accredited and should offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs in a face-to-face non-distance learning format.