Recent news from The World University Rankings listed five universities from the RUFORUM network among the top 15 by research Influence. Makerere University from Uganda came in 3rd position, followed by Stellenbosch University from South Africa in 4th position, University of Port Harcourt, 6th; University of Nairobi, 8th; and University of Pretoria, 11th.
The rankings were formulated using Elsevier’s Scopus database to highlight some of the continent’s top performers in terms of how often their research papers are referred to and cited by other academics across the globe. Scores were calculated using the ratio of citations received by an institution’s publication output between 2009 and 2013 and the total citations that would be expected based on the average of the subject field. To be included in the table, an institution must have published a minimum of 500 research papers in the five-year period assessed with at least 50 papers per year.
It is anticipated that the full table containing the top 30 universities in the region, assessed against broader criteria, will be revealed at the Times Higher Education (THE) inaugural Africa Universities Summit to be held at the University of Johannesburg on 30 and 31 July 2015.
THE’s Africa Universities Summit will also discuss higher education funding on the continent and preventing brain drain. Expected speakers will include Mabel Imbuga, Vice-Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Pretoria who are members of the RUFORUM Network. More details can be found at https://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/south-african-institutions-top-rankings-pilot
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