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Makerere drops to 16th position in university rankings

Makerere University has dropped in rankings

Makerere University has dropped in rankings

Makerere University has now dropped to 16th position on the African continent and 1,225th globally according to the July 2019 Ranking Web-Webometrics, the largest academic ranking of higher education institutions in the world.    

The July edition is the second edition of the year in 2019 to show that Makerere University is dropping in the rankings. Makerere ranked 11 in Africa and 1,033 in the world in the first edition of the rankings issued in January although it had closed the previous year in 6th position.

The scientific exercise is performed by the Cyber Metrics Lab (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC) with the intention of producing updated and useful information about the performance of universities from all over the world based on their web presence and impact.    

Since 2004, the Webometrics Ranking is published twice a year (data is collected during the first weeks of January and July for being public at the end of both months), covering more than 28,000 higher education institutions worldwide.    

Top on the African ranking is the University of Cape Town followed by University of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch University, the University of Pretoria all from South Africa and Cairo University from Egypt in the fifth position.    

The University of Kwazulu Natal follows in 6th position, 7th is the University of Johannesburg and the University of South Africa in 8th position. The best in the East African region is the University of Nairobi at number 10.  

“We intend to motivate institutions and scholars to have a web presence that reflects their activities accurately. If the web performance of an institution is below the expected position according to their academic excellence, university authorities should reconsider their web policy, promoting substantial increases of the volume and quality of their electronic publications,” said authors of the latest raking.  

Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) is ranked 50th, while Kyambogo University stands at 176th position and Gulu University at 184th position.  

Kampala International University (KIU) ranks number 217th on the continent, Uganda Martyrs University at 271, Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) at 275 and Uganda Christian University (UCU) at 287th.

Makerere was at one time in the top 3 ranked universities in Africa. 

Comments

+1 #1 Apollo 2019-08-01 10:23
What would better this indicator on Makerere's retrogression!

When free thought is curtailed, the Freedom square is guarded like a fortress and the administration runs the institution like a soviet era state, what outcome should be expected? And the drop will continue at drastic pace. Watch this.
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0 #2 Odongkara 2019-08-01 13:33
This is expected given what's happening in the country and in the university. Actually we expect further degradation as the country grinds to a halt.

Any Country's university is a reflection of the of the political, intellectual and well-being of the country. Just looking around you and you will be able to make your own judgement. As long as Museveni remains the "everything" about Uganda, Makerere will hit the 75 mark.

Uganda deserves a new leadership and Museveni must accept that his time is up. The best he can do is to peacefully go home and give his remaining balance of time on earth to his cows and grandchildren who rightly also need his attention too. Uganda will not collapse with him gone.
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+2 #3 Remase 2019-08-01 16:50
"Makerere was at one time in the top 3 ranked universities in Africa." Observer, I wish you informed us when and who was the president at the time when Makerere was in the top 3, because one might think that it was during the 34 years of Sabalwanyi, the most violent individual's rule.

Janet M7 is the minister of education and M7 has been the chancellor of Makerere for 34 years. However, in January it was ranked 11th in Africa but in July it was ranked 16th! What an improvement?

In Uganda it's a number's game and M7 gates better with age! The more he stays in power the better and the more the numbers of each and everything goes up, the better! That is why Katikiro Mayiga says that M7 is the best president ever!
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0 #4 Mubiru 2019-08-01 18:12
Although Museveni is surrounded by a rag-bug of flatterers feeding him with false information by telling him what he wants to hear-a very dangerous strategy- he can't be blamed for every mess in Uganda.

Is it Museveni who orders professors/lecturers to sleep with women students and award them top marks? If men lecturers can do that what prevents their women colleagues to do same to male incompetent dull students who can "service" their sexual desires and award the "performers" exemplary marks?

Can you imagine being treated by "MEDICAL Doctor" whose only qualification in life was to sleep with his/her professor as sexual favours?

I stopped long ago to recognize most of the Makerere graduates massively produced on the conveyor belt of sexual and other favours. Financially and sexually corrupt management of Makerere which allows also half baked tutors with dubious forged qualifications to run courses, another reason for Makerere's demotion, cannot be attributed to Museveni.
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0 #5 Kifuko 2019-08-02 12:33
Makerere will remain shining. A slight decline is an energizer to continue research and publishing and to restrategize the web policy.
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+1 #6 Lysol 2019-08-02 20:21
Makerere of today like many other institutions of higher education in the country are mere diploma mills; dishing out bogus/useless academic papers to the corrupt individuals.

Like many other things in Museveni's Uganda, it's falling apart.
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0 #7 Odongkara 2019-08-03 08:07
I stopped long ago to recognize most of the Makerere graduates massively produced on the conveyor belt of sexual and other favours. Financially and sexually corrupt management of Makerere which allows also half baked tutors with dubious forged qualifications to run courses, another reason for Makerere's demotion, cannot be attributed to Museveni.

Museveni can be blamed for his inaction towards these people you are mentioning.
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0 #8 Remase 2019-08-03 15:25
Mubiru, "Can you imagine being treated by "MEDICAL Doctor" whose only qualification in life was to sleep with his/her professor as sexual favours?"

Mubiru, the back stops with M7. Period. M7 owns Uganda and his wife is the is the minister of education.
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