Kampala 11 September 2020 The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, published once a year, assesses institutions worldwide across 13 performance indicators in five areas: teaching (30%), research (30%), citations (30%), international outlook (7.5%) and industry income (2.5%). This year more than 1 500 institutions were ranked in the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, across 93 countries and regions with a total of 63 Universities from Africa, and eleven (11) being members of the RUFORUM Network.

The increase in demand for higher education in Africa demands that universities in Africa continue to demonstrate the value for the investments in Higher education by consistently showing their relevance in teaching, research, contribution to the labour force, community engagement and internationalising their institutions through academic mobility and exchange programmes. Even though controversial, University rankings have remained the common means of informing the public about the status of universities in teaching and research.  

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), through its various initiatives such as trainings, research grants, Innovation and academic mobility, has for its entire existence strived to build capacity of its member universities to deliver quality education and enable them rank higher globally. According to this Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021, eleven (11) RUFORUM member Universities have been ranked among the top 63 Universities in Africa.

This year’s ranking analysed more than 80 million citations across over 13 million research publications and included survey responses from 22,000 scholars globally.

Below is the complete list of the top 63 universities ranked in Africa according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

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