UDSM voted among Africa's best higher learning institutions

06Feb 2018
Edward Qorro
The Guardian
UDSM voted among Africa's best higher learning institutions

THE University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) has been ranked number 32 among the best higher learning institutions in Africa, according to the Webometrics world university rankings released this month.

The country’s oldest university was also ranked   2021 globally in the rankings which took into account web presence, visibility, transparency (openness) and (scholar) excellence.

The rankings also provide web indicators for more than 12,000 universities worldwide.

UDSM excelled in presence ranking slotting itself at position 229 in the rankings that saw universities from South Africa scoop top five positions while Cairo University of Egypt was ranked sixth.

The Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) ranked position 56 on the continent, one position ahead of University of Mauritius while the Sokoine University of Agriculture was number 127.

Mzumbe University of Morogoro is at position 179, nine places ahead of Open University of Tanzania (OUT).

Webometrics world university ranking is a ranking system for the world's universities whose rankings are derived from a combined indicator that takes into account parameters such as; web presence, visibility, transparency (openness) and (scholar) excellence.

University rankings reinforce a culture of transparency and enhances constructive competition between universities in the contribution of research that makes advances across and within various disciplines.

At a more individual level, the ranking raises the profiles of researchers from a well-ranked university both locally and internationally and improves their reputation.

It is an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain.

The organisation collaborates with other institutions of the Spanish R&D system (universities, autonomous governs, other public and private research organisms) and with social, economic, national or foreign agents to which contributes with its research capacity and human and material resources in the development of research projects or under the form of consultancy and scientific and technical support.

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