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UoN falls in new emerging economies varsity rankings

The University of Nairobi has dropped in position in the latest rankings by Times Higher Education (THE) for emerging economies.

The institution was ranked in the 251-300 band in Emerging Economies University Rankings 2018, down from last year when it was placed in the 201-250 band.

Kenyatta University did not meet the rankings threshold due to insufficient publications compared to its peers in the emerging economies. No Tanzanian or Ugandan institution submitted data for ranking.

South Africa had eight universities ranked — the same as last year.

Several of them made progress, including the University of Johannesburg which climbed  49 places to rank joint 92nd while University of Cape Town dropped  five positions to rank number nine.

China dominated the rankings, claiming one in every six positions in this year’s table.

Universities have been embracing ranking as they move to attract international students due to the shrinking populations of students from the country who are joining the institutions.

The Commission for University Education (CUE) which regulates higher education in the country has been on record asking universities to improve the quality of education in order to attract more students.

According to data from the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPs), four universities admitted the best 142 candidates in 2017 KCSE exams. A report released by British Council in 2016 revealed that graduates from public universities were preferred by employers.

THE undertakes university rankings across the world. It boasts almost five decades of experience as a source of analysis and insight on higher education.

The annual rankings comprised more than 350 universities —after it expanded from 300 last year – from 42 countries, across four continents.

Sixty-three Chinese institutions were represented in the ranking, up from 52 in the previous year, making mainland China home to the highest concentration of leading universities in emerging economies nations.

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