Malawi Universities fail to make it into Africa Top Ten ranking- Wits lead the pack

As the Tonse government is geared to make education at the centre of its policies, there has been bad news for Malawians Universities yet again. The recent ranking of top universities in the world has seen Malawi Universities failing to make it even  in the top ten of top African Universities.

Each year, universities across the world eagerly await the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy’s Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

The ARWU assesses more than 1800 universities annually. The criteria include: The number of papers published in journals, Category Normalized Citation Impact from In Cites to measure average impact of papers authored by an institution in an Academic Subject, The percentage of internationally co-authored papers authored by an institution in an Academic subject and The total number of the staff of an institution winning a significant award in an Academic Subject

At the top of the 2020 list is Harvard University, followed by Stanford University. The University of Cambridge rounds out the top three. Wits University has been ranked first in Africa in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). The university has been placed in the 200–300 band. There are about 25,000 universities in the world.

The top 10 Universities in Africa sees South Africa making it with 9 universities that include Rhodes, University of South Africa , Kwazulu Natal, Stellenbosch, Capetown , Pretoria, North west University and University of Johannesburg. Universite de Tunis El Manar of Tunisia and University of Addis Ababa also made it on the list .

The Outgoing Vice chancellor of Wits Adam Habib  was quoted as saying Adam Habib, Outgoing

“In this very difficult moment, what this ranking says is that our universities have the capabilities to come together and to offer world-class solutions for the challenges of our time.

The subject rankings maintain the use of transparent methodology and third-party data. Ranking indicators include those measures of research quality, extent of international collaboration, research with top quality, and the highest academic recognitions.

For the full list of the ranking. Check here