In Summary
  • In East Africa, University of Nairobi was ranked as the best university and eighth in Africa, followed by Makerere University which was number 11 in the continent.
  • Webometrics only measured the extent to which universities use the internet to spread, transfer and exchange knowledge.

Details of top public and private universities can now be revealed.

The latest Webometrics ranking of world universities has named University of Nairobi, Kenyatta, Egerton, Moi and Jomo Kenyatta as the best five public universities in Kenya.

Mount Kenya, Strathmore, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, United States International University (USIU) and Daystar are ranked the best private institutions.

The University of Nairobi (UoN) is the best university in East Africa and position eight in the continent.

It is also among the top 1,000 best universities in the world, after it was ranked position 990.


The Webometrics ranking focused on 11,995 universities across the world.

UoN vice chancellor Peter Mbithi said the university is embarking on major reforms to improve quality of teaching that will see its rankings improve in future.

“We are keen at ensuring that we focus on research and training of our lecturers in different fields to ensure they transfer the best skills to students,” he said.

UoN is followed by Kenyatta University (position 17 in Africa and 1,596 in the world), Egerton University (21 in Africa and 1,881 worldwide), Moi University (22 in Africa and 1,951 in the world) and Jomo Kenyatta (39 in Africa and 2,767 globally).

Maseno comes in sixth in Kenya and ranks position 81 in Africa and 4,126 in the world.


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