Makerere Makes Leap Of 79 Positions In Global Rankings

ampoule geneva; font-size: small;”>The initial January 2012 ranking had placed Makerere at 1, erectile 211th in the world. Webometrics is however yet to issue a comment on this change. In the same ranking, website like this Makerere University is still the best ranked university in Sub-Saharan Africa outside South Africa and the best in the region. Regionally, the University of Nairobi is placed at the 17th position and the University of Dar es Salam at the 28th position.

The University’s marked improvement worldwide can be attributed to among other strategies; an increase in the number of web pages under the University domain, which has propelled Makerere to the 371st position worldwide, and the third best in Africa.

The Polytechnic of Namibia leads the continent at 296th position worldwide, closely followed by Strathmore University Nairobi and 299th according to the “Size” metric.

The University also registered a marked improvement in the “Rich Files” category rising from the 1,326th position in July 2011 to the 1,210th position in January 2012.

The improvement in “Size” and “Rich Files” comes as a result of the contribution by the respective Constituent Colleges’ and the School of Law’s websites, which are at the forefront of promoting the academic units’ web presence.

Makerere University, which according to the newly released Webometrics ranking is still the best in the region, experienced a drop in position from 10th in July to the current 12th in Africa when Webometrics changed their ranking methodology owing to the closure of “Yahoo Site Explorer”, a site previously used to analyze the number of sites linking into a University website.

According to Dr. Vincent Ssembatya, Director Quality Assurance, Makerere University, “This year the ranking has experienced major changes in the methodology considering the fluctuations in the stability of sources of information over the web. One such change was brought about by Yahoo Site Explorer’s becoming defunct.”


He added: “The site was the main effective source of information on link analysis data. The group now had to refer to alternative sources like Majestic SEO for link data. It is not clear yet how this has affected institutions that are not properly indexed by these new sources.”

8th In Africa

Meanwhile, the University, however, still remains ranked 8th out of 59 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) ranked in 18 African countries, according to results released by the University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) Research Laboratory, Turkey.

URAP, established at the Informatics Institute of the Middle East Technical University in 2009, aims at developing a ranking system of world universities by academic performance that is more comprehensive in coverage.

By covering 2,500 HEIs in the world, the URAP ranking avails more universities the opportunity to observe the state of the academic progress at both global and national levels.

URAP considers the six academic performance indicators of; Number of articles(Current Scientific Productivity), Citation(Research Impact), Cumulative Journal Impact(Scientific Impact), H-Index(Research Quality), International Collaboration(International Acceptance), and Google Scholar Results(Long – Term Overall Productivity).

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