Sunday, September 06, 2015

More on Alternative Indicators for Ranking African Universities

Continuing with our exploration of how to rank universities outside the world's top 200 or 400 where it is necessary to develop robust and sophisticated techniques of standardisation, normalisation, scaling, regional modification, taking away the number you first thought of (just kidding) verification, weighting and validation to figure out that Caltech's  normalised research impact is slightly better than Harvard's or that Cambridge is a bit more international than that place in the other Cambridge, here is a ranking of African universities according to recommendations in LinkedIn.

There are obvious problems with this indicator, not least of which is the tiny number of responses compared to all the students on the continent. It might, however, be the precursor to a useful survey of student opinion or graduate employability later on.

First place goes to the University of South Africa, an open distance education institution whose alumni include Nelson Mandela, Cyril Ramaphosa and Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Makerere University, the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University do well.

Data was compiled on the 28th and 29th of July. All universities included in the THE experimental African ranking, the top fifty African universities in Webometrics plus the top universities in Webometrics or 4icu of any country still nor included.

RankUniversityCountryNumber of LinkedIn Recommendations
1  University of South AfricaSouth Africa 154
2Makerere University Uganda116
3University of the Witwatersrand        South Africa94
4  University of IbadanNigeria86
5University of JohannesburgSouth Africa79
6University of NairobiKenya75
7Cairo UniversityEgypt67
8Stellenbosch UniversitySouth Africa63
9University of PretoriaSouth Africa      62
10Kenyatta UniversityKenya61
11University of Cape TownSouth Africa60
12University of LagosNigeria58
13Addis Ababa UniversityEthiopia55
14Obafemi Awolowo UniversityNigeria50
15Alexandria UniversityEgypt47
16Rhodes UniversitySouth Africa42
17Jomo Kenyatta University of
Agriculture and Technology
18American University in CairoEgypt28
19University of Kwazulu-NatalSouth Africa26
20University of IlorinNigeria24
21University of ZimbabweZimbabwe22
22Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and TechnologyGhana21
23Helwan UniversityEgypt
24=North West UniversitySouth Africa18
24=University of GhanaGhana18
24=University of Port HarcourtNigeria18
27=Durban University of TechnologySouth Africa16
27=University of Dar Es SalaamTanzania16
29=Nelson Mandela Metropolitan
South Africa14
29=University of the Western CapeSouth Africa14
31Cape Peninsula University of
South Africa13
32Mansoura universityEgypt12
33University of BotswanaBotswana10
34Covenant UniversityNigeria9
35=Zagazig UniversityEgypt7
35=Suez Canal universityEgypt7
37Tanta UniversityEgypt6
38=Assiut UniversityEgypt5
38=Université Constantine 1 Algeria5
40=University of the Free StateSouth Africa4
40=Universite des Sciences et de la
Technologie Houari Boumediene
42+South Valley UniversityEgypt3
42+Université Cadi Ayyad Morocco2
42+University ofTunisTunisia2
42+University of NamibiaNamibia1
42+University of MauritiusMauritius1
42+Université Cheikh Anta Diop Senegal0
42+Université Mohammed V SouissiMorocco0
42+University of KhartoumSudan0
42+University of MalawiMalawi0
42+Université Hassan II Ain ChockMorocco0
42+Kafrelsheikh UniversityEgypt0
42+University of ZambiaZambia0
42+Bejaia universityAlgeria0
42+Minia UniversityEgypt0
42+Benha UniversityEgypt0
42+Universidade Católica de AngolaAngola0
42+Université de LoméTogo0
42+Université Abou Bekr BelkaidAlgeria0
42+Beni-Suef UniversityEgypt0
42+Université Omar BongoGabon0
42+University of the GambiaGambia0
42+Université de ToliaraMadagascar0
42+Université Kasdi Merbah OuargAlgeria0
42+Universite de la ReunionReunion0
42+Université d'Abomey-CalaviBenin0
42+Universidade Eduardo MondlaneMozambique0
42+Université de OuagadougouBurkina Faso0
42+University of RwandaRwanda0
42+Universite de BamakoMali0
42+University of SwazilandSwaziland0
42+Université Félix Houphouët-BoignyIvory Coast0
42+Université de KinshasaDemocratic Republic of the Congo0
42+National University of LesothoLesotho
42+Universidade Jean Piaget de Cabo VerdeCape Verde0
42+N Engineering S of SfaxTunisia 0
42+Université Marien NgouabiRepublic of the Congo
42+University of LiberiaLiberia0
42+Université Djillali LiabesAlgeria0
42+Université Abdou Moumouni de NiameyNiger0
42+Misurata UniversityLibya0
42+Université de DschangCameroons0
42+Université de BanguiCentral African Republic0
42+Université de NouakchottMauritania0
42+Eritrea Institute of TechnologyEritrea0
42+Université de DjiboutiDjibouti0
42+University of SeychellesSeychelles0
42+Mogadishu UniversitySomalia0
42+Universidad Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial Equatorial Guinea0
42+Universite Gamal Abdel Nasser de ConakryGuinea0
42+University of MakeniSierra Leone0
42+John Garang Memorial UniversitySouth Sudan0
42+Hope Africa UniversityBurundi0
42+Universite de MoundouChad0
42+Universite de Yaounde ICameroons0

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