Most influential on African soil

2015-07-14 06:00
University of Cape Town is the best on African soil when it comes to research excellency.

University of Cape Town is the best on African soil when it comes to research excellency.

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The University of Cape Town has taken the top spot as the best university in Africa when it comes to research.

The university came first as its research has the strongest worldwide influence of all African universities.

This ranking is determined by how often African universities’ research papers are referred to and cited by other academics across the globe.

RankingsThe rankings were revealed by global higher education experts Times Higher Education last week. UCT had an overall score of 99.90 between 2009 to 2013 to place it at the top spot.

South African universities dominate the top five spots and several others make it into the top 15 of the rankings. Second in the lot is the University of the Witwatersrand with 99.76 in the same period. Third place went to Makerere University in Uganda with 99.72. The University of Stellenbosch took fourth place with a score of 99.72.

To be included, an institution must have published a minimum of 500 research papers in the five-year period assessed with at least 50 papers per year.

SummitThe full table, which contains the top 30 universities in the region, will be revealed at the inaugural Times Higher Education Africa Universities Summit, which will take place at the end of the month in Johannesburg.

Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, says: “This is an experimental and preliminary ranking based solely on research, and only on one aspect of research – how many times research papers are cited by other academics. When we develop a full Africa university ranking, we expect to add many more indicators, examining things like a university’s economic contribution, its civic engagement and of course its teaching. So the Africa Universities Summit presents the perfect opportunity to help shape this future ranking,” he says.

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