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Busitema University, one of the newest varsities in the country, has made a debut among the continent’s best ranked 100 universities, according to the latest survey carried out by university ranking web site, webometrics.com. The joy for Busitema, was however, a hiccup at the Ivory Tower where Makerere University dropped three places to 10th.

Busitema University as the fifth public Universities in Uganda was established by Statutory Instrument No. 22, 2007 enacted by Parliament in May 2007. The university holds a pivotal and challenging responsibility as the only public university in the eastern region to play a major role in its development.

The university Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mary Okwakol, said the step up in ranks is a true reflection of the research works the university has engaged in in the last year.
“We have entered into partnerships with stakeholders in different parts of the world and our staff has involved themselves in doing research. I also attribute it to the courses that we offer which are relevant to the country,” Prof. Okwakol told Sunday Monitor.

Makerere drops
It was, however, a different story at Makerere University, whose roller-coaster ride into the top 10 last year has been halted with three stride backwards. The largest academic institutions in Uganda now sits in 13th behind the University of Khartoum.

Dr Vincent Ssembatya, director quality assurance at Makerere University, attributed the drop in the institution’s ranking to the closure of Yahoo site explorer, which has previously used to analyse the number of sites linking into a university web site.

“The site was the main effective source of information on link analysis data. The group now has to refer to alternative sources such as Majestic SEO for link data. It is not clear yet how this has affected institutions that are not properly indexed by these new sources,” Dr Ssembatya told Sunday Monitor.

The survey, published on January 20, shows that Makerere University has, however, improved in world ranking by 45 positions from 1,256th in July to 1,211th in January. South African-based institutions topped the continental ranking with the University of Cape Town still maintaining the lead.

The ranking is based on web publications, the visibility of a university on the Internet, the volume of its publications, and the general impact of the information published on its web pages.

By Abdu Kiyaga, Daily Monitor

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