The University of Nairobi was ranked among the top three institutions of higher learning in Africa and the best in East Africa according to the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) University Rankings.
The university shared the third position in Africa with Mansoura University and Suez Canal University from Egypt and the University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad from Morocco.
The four institutions were all placed under the category of 201–250 globally and shared an overall score of 19.9–25.0.
The UoN’s top ranking was fuelled by its improved teaching and research environments, citation impact and international outlook.
The best university in Africa according to the THE ranking was South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal. The university was ranked at position 83 globally with an overall score of 43.2.
The second place position in Africa was a tie between Beni-Suef University in Egypt and the University of Johannesburg which had an overall score of 33.2–40.0. These two were placed on the category of 101–150 in the global rank.
University of Oxford (UK) was ranked as the best institution of higher learning globally followed by the University of Cambridge (UK). The third position was a tie between the California Institute of Technology and Starford University both from the United States of America.
With an overall score of 76.7, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology was ranked the world’s best young university for the first time in 2018, beating Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, which came second (76.1) after enjoyed the top place for three years in a row.
The third place went to Nanyang Technological University in Singapore with 74.7.
This year’s rankings included 250 of the world’s best young universities, up from 200 in 2017. From the list, only seven best universities in Africa were ranked.