THE University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) has been ranked number 26 among Africa’s higher learning institutions in the Webometrics world university rankings released recently. The country’s oldest university has climbed up seven places from the position it held last year.
The index, which scrutinises a university’s web presence, visibility, transparency (openness) and (scholar) excellence, places UDSM at position 1,860 globally, having registered 435 points in its presence and 2,685 points in the impact it is having to the society.
UDSM also posted 1,944 points in the openness category and 2,194 in the excellence category. The university has, however, maintained its position as the number one university in Tanzania. It is closely followed by Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (Muhas) and Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) at number two and three respectively.
Continentally, UDSM is ahead of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology of Ghana, Egerton University of Kenya and Université des Frères Mentouri Constantine of Algeria.
The rankings have for the second time in a row seen universities from South Africa scoop top five positions, while Cairo University of Egypt secure the sixth position.
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 parametres such as web presence, visibility, transparency (openness) and (scholar) excellence.
The rankings also provide web indicators for more than 12,000 universities worldwide. 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 wellranked university both locally and internationally and improves their reputation.