UoN one of the best places to study globally: report


The University of Nairobi (UoN) has been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities.

The sixth edition of QS World University Rankings by Subject has also placed the university in the 51-100 category for Development Studies.

In the placing among the world’s Top 100, the UoN ranked, for this subject, alongside Johns Hopkins University and Duke University of the United States, which came 16th and 29th, respectively, in the overall QS World University Rankings.

Others are Katholieke Universiteit Leuven of Belgium, ranked 82nd in the overall rankings and National Taiwan University, 70th.

UoN’s ranking now makes Kenya one of 60 countries worldwide that contain universities recognised by QS as providing a world-class education in one or more subjects.

The university was also ranked alongside South Africa’s University of Cape Town, who came ninth for Development Studies, making it the only African university to rank in the Top 10 in one of QS’s 42 subject tables this year.

The sixth edition of the QS World University rankings by Subject, featured 42 disciplines, making it the largest-ever world subject rankings. Uganda’s Makerere University remained in the world’s top 50 for Development Studies, ranking in an impressive 30th place.

At the top of the table was Harvard University, which displaced the United Kingdom’s University of Sussex to rank as the world’s best place to pursue Development Studies.

The expert opinion of 76,798 academics and 44,426 employers informed the results, alongside the analysis of 28.5 million research papers and more than 113 million citations sourced from the Scopus/Elsevier bibliometric database.

Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology continued to dominate, leading in 24 subjects between them. Each takes 12 leading positions.

QS Intelligence Unit head Ben Sowter said the rankings showed excellence can be found in an ever-increasing number of places.