With increasing pressure from university stakeholders and beneficiaries for universities to demonstrate value for money invested in Higher Education, universities are consistently striving to do their best to visibly show their relevance to the public. University ranking, though controversial, remains the common means of informing the public where they should get the ‘best’ education. To this end, RUFORUM strives to build capacity of its member universities to deliver quality education through cutting edge research and Innovation, and academic mobility. We are pleased to note that six RUFORUM member Universities were ranked among the top 17 African Universities according to the recently released 2018 QS World Universities Rankings.
According to these rankings, the six RUFORUM member Universities that ranked among the top 18 African universities that made the list of 1000 top universities worldwide in 2017 have maintained this prominence in 2018 as they were featured among the top 17 African universities. The University of Nairobi and University of KwaZulu-Natal improved rankings from last year whereas Stellenbosch University dropped from the 2nd position to now 4th position. Stellenbosch University continues to lead the RUFORUM Network of 85 member Universities followed by Cairo University and University of Pretoria which retained their positions (5th and 6th) respectively, while the University of KwaZulu-Natal moved a position higher (9th) as Makerere University retained its position (13th). Only 18 and 17 African universities were ranked in 2017 and 2018 respectively. University of Cape Town continues to dominate the top position in Africa.
The 2018 QS report lists the world’s top 959 universities and is based on the following metrics: Academic reputation, Employer reputation, Faculty/Staff ratio, citation per faculty, International Faculty ratio and International Student Ratio. Below is a table for the comparison of rankings of RUFORUM member Universities for the top 18 in Africa for 2017 and 2018.