No Ghanaian university made the mark in the 2016 Center for World University Rankings (CWUR).
In the latest release, none of the institutions of higher learning in the country made it into the rank of the top 1,000 out of 25,000+ universities assessed worldwide.
The CWUR publishes the only global university ranking that measures the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions.
In addition to providing authoritative global university rankings, CWUR provides consulting services to governments and educational institutions who aspire to achieve world-class standards.
The CWUR ranking started out as a project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 2012 with the modest aim of ranking the top 100 global universities.
The ranking was quickly reported worldwide and many requests were received to expand it. Since 2014, the CWUR ranking expanded to list the top 1,000 out of 25,000+ institutions of higher education worldwide, making it the largest academic ranking of global universities.
For 2016, South Africa dominates the top 5 institutions in Africa with Johannesburg-based University of Witwatersrand ranked the continent’s finest at 178th position in the world, followed by University of Cape Town second at 265th; Stellenbosch University third at 329th; University of KwaZulu-Natal fourth at 468th and University of Pretoria fifth at 697th position.
Egypt’s Cairo University comes in at number six in Africa and 771st out of the top 1,000 with Uganda’s Makerere University seventh at 846th. Ain Shams University at 960th; Mansoura University at 985th; and Alexandria University at 995th, all in Egypt, complete Africa’s top ten and the continent’s only universities in the top 1,000.
The United States is the country with the most nominations worldwide. It has a total of 224 Universities among the top 1,000 are from the US while 90 are from China, 74 from Japan, 65 from the United Kingdom, 56 from Germany, 48 from France, 48 from Italy, 41 from Spain, 36 from South Korea, 32 from Canada, 27 from Australia and Africa as a continent has only 10, South Africa dominating with 6, Egypt 3 and Uganda with 1.
United States’ lead the pack with Harvard University, Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology transcend the list followed by UK’s University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford that are ranked fourth and fifth respectively. United States’ Columbia University, University of California Berkley, University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Yale University complete the top ten list.
The rankings are based on eight broad criteria on which the institutions are rated. These are Quality of Education, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals relative to the university’s size (25%); Alumni Employment, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have held CEO positions at the world’s top companies relative to the university’s size (25%); Quality of Faculty, measured by the number of academics who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals (25%) and, Publications, measured by the number of research papers appearing in reputable journals (5%).
Others are Influence, measured by the number of research papers appearing in highly-influential journals (5%); Citations, measured by the number of highly-cited research papers (5%); Broad Impact, measured by the university’s h-index (5%) and Patents, measured by the number of international patent filings (5%).
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