Makerere University ranked 5th in Africa and 501 in the world
Makerere University ranked 5th in Africa and 501 in the world

Makerere University has been ranked 501(world) and 5th best in Africa in the Times Higher Education (THE) 2019 Rankings.

Under the Times Higher Education ranking (THE) 2019, Makerere has been ranked 501 out of the 600 Universities that are recognized in the world.

THE is the leading provider of higher education data and the most authoritative ranking organisation for the world’s research-led institutions.

This year’s (2019 World University Rankings) have included more than 1,250 universities, thus making it the biggest international league table to date.

It is the only global university performance table to judge research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

According to the Times Higher Education, they have used 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

The rankings for 2019 have been audited by professional services firm Price waterhouse Coopers (PwC), making them the only global university rankings to be subjected to full, independent scrutiny of this nature.

The 2019 World University Rankings is led by the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge for the second year in a row.

Yale University is the only newcomer to the top 10, joining at eighth place, up from 12th. Meanwhile, Switzerland’s ETH Zurich has fallen out of this elite group, dropping from joint 10th to 11th place.

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Tsinghua University is now the top university in Asia, after rising eight places to 22nd, becoming the first Chinese institution to lead the continent under the current methodology (since 2011). China as a whole has increased its standing, driven by improvements in citation impact.

Elsewhere in Asia, Japan has overtaken the UK as the second most-represented nation in the world, with 103 institutions (the UK has 98).

There is also good news for France, which has a top 50 university for the first time since 2011, while several leading universities in Italy, Spain and Canada have risen.

Overall, 86 countries are represented, including Iraq, Jamaica, Nepal, Tanzania and Kazakhstan for the first time.

All ranked institutions have an overall score and four pillar scores, however, for each pillar, only institutions ranked in top 500 overall or the top 500 in this pillar have a publicly visible score.

Previously, Makerere finished 401 out of 500 Universities for three consecutive years, in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

History – Makerere Univeristy

As the oldest University in Uganda, Makerere was established in 1922 as a technical school offering courses in carpentry, building and mechanics.

It grew quickly in size, expanding into medical care, agriculture, veterinary sciences and teacher training courses. By 1949 it had become known as University College, affiliated to University College London, before being granted independent university status in 1970, providing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

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With a student body of around 38,000 and comprising 10 constituent colleges, Makerere University also offers evening and external study programmes.

It is a research-led institution and boasts partnerships with government, industry and other universities.

Located on Makerere Hill, one of the six hills on which Uganda’s capital city Kampala is built, the university’s main campus spans 300 acres and is just a short distance away from the city centre.

Comprising a total of three campuses, the university’s estate also includes a 350-acre farm – part of its College of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Resources – and a conservation field station situated on the edge of the Budongo rainforest, used by its students of forestry and conservation.

Sporting facilities, recreational activities and student welfare services are also in plentiful supply on campus.

The university prides itself on the work it does towards securing gender equality.

Its initiatives such as the Female Scholarship Foundation, which helps women from disadvantaged backgrounds into higher education, have achieved global recognition, from the Government of Sweden, among others.

By John Dalton Kigozi