THE Publishes New Africa Ranking

Times Higher Education (THE) have announced the publication of their Sub-Saharan University Rankings. These resulted from consultations with universities, organisations, and companies across the continent led by Asheshi University, Ghana, and the Mastercard Foundation.

The methodology is based on 24 metrics grouped in five pillars, each with a 20% weighting:

Resources and Finances

Access and Fairness

Teaching Skills

Student Engagement

Africa Impact.

Data is derived from a variety of sources as follows:

Quantitative data from universities (31%)

Evidence from universities (34%)

Student survey (21%)

Bibliometrics (14%).

A total of 88 universities received an overall score and a rank. Another 33 supplied data but were unranked because of insufficient responses to the student survey.

South African performed well with seven institutions in the top twenty. Overall, Nigeria was the best represented country with 37 ranked schools. Universities from Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, and Botswana were also ranked in the top twenty.

No university from Francophone Africa, with the possible exception of the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, is ranked.

The top five universities overall are:

  1. University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  2. University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  3. Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania
  4.  University of Pretoria, South Africa
  5.  Makerere University, Uganda.

The top university for each pillar is:

Resources and Finance; Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences

Access and Fairness; University of South Africa

Teaching Skills; Cross River University of Technology, Nigeria

Student Engagement; University of Johannesburg

Africa Impact; Makerere University.



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