MKU, Strathmore only private varsities in Kenya’s top 10 list

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Mount Kenya University (MKU).

Mount Kenya University (MKU) and Strathmore University are the only private institutions of higher education ranked among the top ten universities in the country, at position 7 and 10 respectively.

In the latest performance assessment report by Webometrics released last week, the University of Nairobi has retained the top slot in Kenya with eight other public universities dominating the list.

They include Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenyatta University (KU), Egerton, Moi, Maseno, Technical University of Kenya (TUK) and Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST).

Globally, MKU was ranked among the best performing institutions of higher learning by UNIRANK and EDURANK after improving 19 percent from position 6,318 to 5,437 out of 32,140 institutions.

In Africa, the institution has been listed at position 258 out of more than 2,000 universities. It also improved from position 16 to 10 out of 124 institutions in the Kenyan ranking.

In the sub-Saharan category, MKU jumped from position 177 to 151 among 1,393 colleges.

“The ranking is a true reflection of the efforts that the university has put towards enhancing, teaching and learning, research and innovations,” says MKU Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Deogratius Jaganyi.

Congratulating the university leadership, management, faculty and entire fraternity on the morale-boosting achievements, Prof. Jaganyi said that the ratings have improved due to the growth in the number of external networks (subnets) linking to the institution’s webpages.

“On this index, the college improved from position eight to three due to increased partnerships and linkages,” he said.

MKU has also gained mileage on the transparency and openness ranking due to the presence of top-cited researchers and increasing citations from the top 210 authors due to increased investment in research and innovation.

The VC observed that the institution also has seen a growth in its top cited papers from its scholars, ranking it amongst the top 10 percent most cited in each of the 27 disciplines of the full database.

By James Wakahiu

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