The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings has ranked the University of Ghana 7th in Africa, making Ghana’s premier university the topmost in the West Africa sub region.
A statement issued in Accra by Ms Stella A. Amoa, Director of Public Affairs and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said University of Cape Town once again earned the top position, while East African giant, Uganda’s Makerere University, is the only institution outside South Africa to make the top five in fourth place.
Nico Cloete, Director of the Centre for Higher Education Trust and coordinator of the Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa, said four institutions in the list – Cape Town, Makerere, Nairobi University and University of Ghana – have adopted strategies to become research-led flagship universities in their country and seen significant increases in doctoral graduates and research output during the last five years.
“This snapshot ranking is based on the same criteria as the World University Rankings but we are keen to develop a bespoke range of metrics, following a public consultation, for a full Africa University Ranking,” said Phil Baty THE ranking Editor.
It quoted Mr Ernest Aryeetey, Vice Chancellor University of Ghana saying: “Our investments in research are beginning to pay off. Our reforms have been extremely beneficial. I am grateful to all the hardworking researchers and others who have made our consistent rise possible.”