KAMPALA — The Times Higher Education ranking has listed the top universities in Africa, with Makerere University bouncing back to 5th position in 2019/2020 rankings.
According to the rankings released this week, Makerere is also the best university on the continent outside South Africa.
This is due to its highly-cited research, a strong international outlook, and an ability to attract large sums of money from industry, the group said.
South Africa dominated on the rankings, with Wits University and Stellenbosch University following on UCT as the second and third best institutes on the continent, with UKZN following in the 4th place.
Earlier rankings this months also, ranked Makerere University College of Health Sciences in the second position on the continent.
The rankings also out the college in 250th position globally.
“It is great to see Makerere University maintain her position among the top five universities in the continent in the prestigious 2020 rankings. Our medical school has also maintained its leadership as one of the top 250 medical schools globally and number two on the continent,” Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University said on social media.
He added: “We are also glad to report that Mak [Makerere] College of Health Sciences was ranked among the top 250 Medical Schools in the world and 2nd on the African continent, best outside South Africa. Government has committed UGX 30bn to fund research at Makerere which will significantly contribute to even a better performance.”
The ranking revealed that in Africa, the University of Cape Town is the best while on the global scene, the University of Oxford leads.
Last month, another university ranking scheme, Webometrics, had place Makerere University in position 16 in Africa, a rank scale, which was largely attributed, to increasing strikes at the Ivory Tower.
However, with strikes waning at the university, officials say, Makerere is now eyeing the first slot in Africa, in terms of research and education.