The University of Nairobi (UoN) has opened a big lead ahead of its peers in Kenya in terms of volume and quality of research, according to a new ranking of 12,000 universities worldwide.
The latest study by Spanish research firm Webometrics shows that UoN retained its top position in Kenya, moving up to 14 from 27 in Africa and more than 1,700 places worldwide to stand at 1,251 compared to last January’s ranking.
In contrast to UoN’s performance, all other Kenyan universities ranked below 3,000 worldwide, meaning that
they are lagging behind their global rivals in the adoption of modern research, teaching, and academic publishing methods.
The Webometrics study ranks universities after assessing the volume and quality of online academic research and scholarly activity of 20,300 universities around the world.
The low ranking of Kenyan universities compromises competitiveness of Kenyan graduates in the global labour market. It also means a lower prestige for the local institutions on the international stage, slowing down scholarly partnerships and funding from the top league universities and donors.
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