This year’s 4 International Colleges and Universities (4ICU) World Universities Rankings, places two universities in Ghana in the Top 100 universities in Africa.
They are the University of Ghana, Legon, ranked highest among the universities in Ghana and West Africa, and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
In the 4ICU top 100 universities in Africa, the University of Ghana placed 16th on the continent while the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the other Ghanaian university, placed 53rd.
The 4ICU is an international higher education directory and search engine featuring reviews and web rankings of 10,200 universities and colleges in 200 countries.
According to their order of rankings, the top 20 among the 100 top universities in Africa are mostly in North Africa and South Africa. They include the University of Cape Town, South Africa; University of Pretoria, South Africa; Universiteit Stellenbosch, South Africa; The American University in Cairo, Egypt; University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; Rhodes University, South Africa; University of South Africa, South Africa; Cairo University, Egypt and University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
The rest are the University of Ghana, Ghana; Mansoura University, Egypt; University of Nairobi, Kenya; University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; University of Botswana, Botswana; Université Cadi Ayyad, Morocco; Helwan University, Egypt; Alexandria University, Egypt; Université de la Reunion, Reunion and the Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa.
When contacted for his comments on the rankings, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Kwesi Yankah, said the university had over the past two years undertaken a number of initiatives following the report of an international Visitation Panel commissioned with sponsorship from the Government, to review the university’s governance, infrastructure, and academic work.
“Implementing the Visitation Panel’s recommendations on academic work has made a lot of difference,” Professor Yankah said.
Things, he said, were steadily on track, adding that the university, among other things, had improved the quality of its admission processes, and introduced new required courses and a new degree structure, which is being implemented in the current 2010/2011 academic year.
He also said the ICT infrastructure had been considerably boosted under a Chinese-assisted project which was officially inaugurated last year.
Prof. Yankah said the university was in the process of rolling out the second phase of ICT project which would consist of using ICT in the distance learning mode.
‘We are also in the process of institutionalising e-learning, which will facilitate interaction between students and lecturers,” Professor Yankah said.
He said the aim of the new Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, of making Legon a world-class university was on track, but was quick to add that the World University web rankings themselves were not the best indices of a university’s true quality, and that experiencing education at Legon was invariably what left a distinctive mark on Legon graduates.
“The web rankings per se do not flatter us,” he said.
The university’s annual graduation ceremony for the humanities takes place this Saturday, to be attended by the President, Professor J.E.A. Mills, and the University’s Chancellor, former UN Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan.
Source – Modern Ghana