Top 30 Universities In Africa For Research Impact

South Africa and Egypt dominate a new list of universities from 10 African countries that feature in a top-30 ranking for having the most impact based on published research.

The list of top 30 universities in Africa for research impact was released at the inaugural Africa Universities Summit, which was held last week at the University of Johannesburg. The main buzz of the event was the unveiling of the African university rankings, Mail&Guardian reported.

Just 30 of Africa’s approximately 2,600 higher education institutions made the list.

There were some surprises on this new list. Several African universities that usually show up high on global rankings are missing from this list, including University of Nigeria and Cairo University,

Other surprises were some lesser-known institutions that show up on this list such as Port Harcourt University, which ranks No. 6, and Minia University (No. 30).

The list was compiled by Times Higher Education, a London-based weekly magazine that reports on news and issues related to higher education around the world. It has become known for publishing the annual World University Rankings. Thomson Reuters collects and analyses the data used to produce the rankings

South African universities show up 12 times in the top 30.

Egypt is the second most-represented country, with six universities in the top 30. Morocco and Tunisia each have three universities on the list.

“The richer, better-funded universities in Cape Town and Johannesburg are more likely to attract and retain the leading scholars,” said Phil Baty, editor of the THE World University Rankings in a BBC interview. “They can offer slightly better terms and conditions and it means they are publishing higher quality work in higher quality academic journals.”

The results on this list are based on the amount of citations for each university’s published works. Methodology for the rankings was based on 13 factors. Times Higher Education combined statistics from it own huge database with the Elsevier’s Scopus database – a system that highlights some of the continent’s top performers based on how often research papers are cited by other academics globally, M&G reports.

Not everyone in Africa will find the metrics appropriate to their mission or their priorities, Times Higher Education said. This ranking is just a starting point for a conversation about African higher education.

Times Higher Education spent the last four-to-five years modifying and refining a method better suited to ranking African — as opposed to global — universities, according to M&G. “There’s still a long way to go,” Baty said. He describes this list as “a snapshot of research strength.”

Batty also said lack of extensive data in creating this first ranking means this is “the very start of the story.. world rankings are driven by research, innovation and tech development,” he told M&G. “We need to work with African universities on (indicators such as) their teaching and graduate success…the rankings we’re publishing are actually very much the starting point. We want to use this conference to convince universities to start collecting and sharing data more consistently.”

Faculty Of Engineering   Minia University   Google Search

30. Minia University Egypt

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 694.79

Score out of 100: 48.36

 

www.gfmer.ch University of Yaounde I Cameroon

29. University of Yaounde I, Cameroon

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 876.33

Score out of 100: 49.72

 

alankabout.com

28. University of Sfax Tunisia

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 2355.30

Score out of 100: 49.79

 

 Assiut University, Egypt, aun.edu.eg

27. Assiut University, Egypt

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 1588.64

Score out of 100: 50.41

 

Egyptian students support ousted President Morsi at Alexandria University, December 2013. Photo: vosizneias.com

26. Alexandria University, Egypt

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 2550.15

Score out of 100: 52.24

 

South Valley University, Egypt, media-diversity.org

25. South Valley University, Egypt

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 636.85

Score out of 100: 52.49

 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University wikivillage.co.za

24. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 885.77

Score out of 100: 53.29

 

American University in Cairo Egypt, www1.aucegypt.edu

23. American University in Cairo, Egypt

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 700.89

Score out of 100: 56.40

 

Université Mohammed V – Agdal Morocco, ensias.ma

22. Université Mohammed V Agdal, Morocco

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 1503.69

Score out of 100: 56.85

 

Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Sfax Tunisia, plumeseconomiques.com

21. Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Sfax, Tunisia

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 822.31

Score out of 100: 57.24

 

Tunis University, snipview.com

20. University of Tunis Tunisia

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 879.63

Score out of 100:  57.26

 

North-West University South Africa, apicciano.commons.gc.cuny.edu

19. North-West University, South Africa

All publications, 2009 to 2013:  1707.94

Score out of 100: 60.75

 

University of the Free State, South Africa, savibeza.co.za

18. University of the Free State, South Africa

All publications, 2009 to 2013:  1512.56

Score out of 100: 62.83

 

Rhodes University netball team, www.ru.ac.za

17. Rhodes University, South Africa

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 1296.96

Score out of 100: 64.54

 

Addis ababa University main gate, ethiopiaforums.com

16. Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 893.90

Score out of 100: 64.84

 

Students at Hassan II University in Casablanca. Photo: Abdelhak Senna, Getty

15. University of Hassan II Casablanca Morocco

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 960.25

Score out of 100: 69.03

 

Suez Canal University, Egypt, bogardiner.wordpress.com

14. Suez Canal University Egypt

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 998.98

Score out of 100: 69.69

 

University of South Africa,  snipview.com

13. University of South Africa (UNISA)

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 981.67

Score out of 100: 72.51

 

University of Ghana,  campus life, ug.edu.gh

12. University of Ghana

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 804.53

Score out of 100: 73.31

 

University of Pretoria, commons.wikimedia.org

11. University of Pretoria, South Africa

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 4544.33

Score out of 100: 75.89

 

Morocco's Cadi Ayyad University,  moroccoworldnews.com

10. University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad, Morocco

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 910.82

Score out of 100: 78.61

 

University of johannesburg. Photo: gauteng.net

9. University of Johannesburg, South Africa

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 2192.74

Score out of 100: 83.64

 

Graduation rehearsals, University of Nairobi,  dvcaf.uonbi.ac.ke

8. University of Nairobi, Kenya

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 671.72

Score out of 100: 84.60

 

University of the Western Cape, www.uwc.ac.za

7. University of the Western Cape, South Africa

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 1154.77

Score out of 100: 84.61

 

University of Port Harcourt, naijaloaded.com.ng

6. University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 573.55

Score out of 100: 88.92

 

Community development and outreach unit, School of Agricultural Earth and Environmental Sciences,e University of KwaZulu-Natal. ukzn.ac.za

5. University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 4235.09

Score out of 100: 89.41

 

Stellenbosch University, china.org.cn

4. Stellenbosch University South Africa

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 4357.33

Score out of 100: 95.48

 

Graduates at Makerere University, monitor.co.ug

3. Makerere University, Uganda

All publications, 2009 to 2013: 1112.69

Score out of 100: 99.72

 

University of the Witwatersrand, Celebrating Wits' 90th anniversary, 2012. witsdfo.wordpress.com

2. University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa 4387.17 99.76

All publications, 2009 to 2013:

Score out of 100:

 

University of Cape Town, www.uq.edu.au

1 University of Cape Town South Africa 5540.21 99.90

All publications, 2009 to 2013:

Score out of 100:

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