Once again, the University of Nairobi has made it to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 ranking.
UoN is ranked 801-1000, with an overall score of 22.2-28.2 and is the only University in Kenya to appear in this year’s list.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 includes almost 1,400 universities across 92 countries, standing as the largest and most diverse university rankings ever to date.
The table is based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
In Africa, the University of Cape Town in South Africa comes first at position 136, followed by other South African and Egyptian Universities.
The only university ranking to be independently audited by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, and trusted worldwide by students, teachers, governments and industry experts.
The performance indicators are grouped into five areas namely teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), international outlook (staff, students and research) and industry income (knowledge transfer).
For the fourth year in a row, the University of Oxford leads the rankings in first place, while the University of Cambridge is third. The California Institute of Technology has gone up three places to clinch the second position, while Stanford, Yale, Harvard and Imperial College London are in the top ten.
Indeed there is room for improvement in UoN’s performance in the rankings. The available data on the digital space about the University of Nairobi ought to be consistently cleaned up and updated to reflect the growth over the years especially in matters academics and research output.