Kampala International University (KIU) has emerged as the No 1 private university in East Africa in the July 2020 Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. KIU climbed to the 3rd best out of 69 universities in Uganda after Makerere University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology that came 1st and 2nd respectively. This is an improvement from the last ranking in January 2020 where KIU took the 2nd position as private university in East Africa and 4th best university in Uganda.
According to the webometrics data, in East Africa, KIU ranked highest among other private universities which includes Strathmore University Nairobi, United States International University Kenya, Uganda Martyrs University, etc.
Webometrics combines Research and Web indicators as the metrics in the ranking. KIU ranked 1st in Uganda on the Impact of web contents followed by Makerere University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology while KIU emerged second to Makarere in the Impact of Research contents. The global ranking states that KIU moved 1343 places upward from 4719th in January 2020 to 3376th position in July 2020 globally.
This latest ranking is proof of significant quality enhancements and great innovation in delivery of university education by KIU. According to the Vice Chancellor, “KIU is always very innovative in the way it explores the heights. Even in difficult times such as is the case with this season of the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have kept afloat and applied various digital technologies to continue serving our clients, the students being the most critical.” He adds, “I thank all our staff and students plus the immense support we derive from government, non-government organizations and other partners and collaborators with whose support we were able to achieve this great landmark in the history of the University. Keep waiting more is yet to come, the sky is not even the limit for KIU”.
Webometrics is a ranking system for the world’s universities based on the volume of the web content, visibility, and the impact of web publications. The ranking is published by the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) located in Madrid, Spain, and recognized globally.