The July 2017 Edition of Webometrics.info ranking of Kenyan Universities is out and there are massive drops and improvements from Kenyan universities both locally and globally.
Webometrics ranks universities according to their presence, impact, openness, and excellence in a bid to promote scientific research as to improve the progress of the scientific and technological level of the country which will contribute to increase the welfare of the citizens.
For years, the University of Nairobi has been leading Kenyan universities and making a global appearance at impressive positions during the tenure of Prof. Magoha as the Vice Chancellor. However, following the exit of Prof. Magoha and the entry of Prof. Peter Mbithi, the university has dropped tremendously both locally and globally.
Locally, the July Edition of Webometrics ranking positions the Universty of Nairobi at number 47. Globally, the university dropped to position 15,618. The University of Nairobi is ranked position 99999 on presence and impact globally and 1150 and 1536 on openness and excellence respectively.
However, the loss of the University of Nairobi was the gain of Moi University which has taken over the leadership mantle of the Kenyan Universities both locally and globally.
When Prof. Mibey exited Moi University, succession battles ensued with local leadership in Uasin Gishu County led by the County Governor Jackson Mandago opposing the ascension of Prof. Laban Ayiro to the position of the University’s Vice-Chancellor.
According to the local leadership, Moi University could only be led by a local and Prof. Ayiro was a foreigner to them. They did not succeed in ousting him from the university.
Going by the July rankings of the Kenyan Universities, it seems that Prof Ayiro is transforming the Eldoret-based University.
Ranked top in Kenya, Moi university is ranked position 1,755 globally. The university is ranked position 1,331 and 1,241 on presence and impact respectively. Additionally, the institution is ranked position 4,032 and 2,408 on openness and excellence respectively.
Other universities in the top five positions are Egerton University, Kenyatta University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, and Maseno University respectively.