The latest global ranking of universities puts the National University of Rwanda (NUR) at an improved position compared the last data in the July edition last year. NUR is also far ahead compared to similar institutional in Rwanda.
The 2013 January edition released Thursday (January 11, 2013) ranks the Southern Province-based NUR at 4,157th globally – improving by one position to the last rankings. The data is compiled by Webometrics Ranking of World Universities and is released in January and July every year.
The aim of Webometrics Ranking is to increase the web based journal output of universities and to encourage them to use the web efficiently. More than 20,000 universities are evaluated.
In the January 2013 edition, only seven universities or higher learning centres are considered. Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) at 10561 (up by I position); the Kigali Institute of Education (KIE) placed at 14,683 (+2); Kigali Independent University (ULK) at 15364 (dropped 2 places; and Kigali Health Institute at 15477 (+2).
The others are UMUTARA POLYTEC at 19,212 and the Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Education of Kibungo (INATEK) at 20,179.
NUR for its part also continued to perform well on the African continent and regionally. The rankings also come at a time when Rwanda is working on a project to merge all its universities into a single university to be called University of Rwanda.
The existing universities will be specialized colleges, all answerable to a single management mechanism. A team of local and international experts is already in place, expected to come up with a plan of how the institution will work.
In the East African Community region, Uganda’s Makerere University remains at the top ranking at 1,174 in global ranking. The University of Nairobi (Kenya) emerges at 1,435; as Tanzania’s University of Dar Es Salaam positions at 1,977. As for Burundi, the Université Lumiere de Bujumbura remains far behind at 10,317.
However, Rwanda’s NUR did lose one position on the African continent – coming in at 44th compared to 43rd in the July 2012 edition.