Mount Kenya University is among the top 10 universities in Kenya. The latest survey by Webometrics shows the university improved two places from the previous position 12. The university scored strong points in the criteria used in the survey, namely institutional presence, impact, openness and excellence. The survey is conducted twice annually. “Our concerted efforts at improving access to e-learning and sharing information through electronic formats are continuously bearing fruit,” said MKU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Stanley Waudo. “This impressive ranking accentuates our other successes on the ICT front.”
It has been a gradual improvement to the top 10 slot, taking into account that the university was ranked position 20 out of 63 universities in Kenya last year. “The original aim of the Ranking was to promote Web publication,” says Webometrics. “Supporting Open Access initiatives, electronic access to scientific publications and to other academic material are our primary targets.”
MKU is fourth private university in the top 10. Others are Africa Virtual University, Strathmore University and KCA University.
“If the web performance of an institution is below the expected position according to their academic excellence, university authorities should reconsider their web, open access and transparency policy, promoting substantial increases of the volume and quality of their electronic publications,” Webometrics advises.
Last year, MKU scooped four awards during the coveted Information and Communications Technology Association of Kenya (ICTAK) Awards. These were Overall Winner-ICT Value Award, Best use of ICT in Education, Excellence in use of ICT in Education and Best Innovation Award.
The Webometrics data is collected between January 1st and 10th, and a corresponding period in July. Each variable is obtained at least two times during that period and the maximum value is chosen for discarding mistakes or errors.
MKU has over the years distinguished itself as a pioneer in the provision of affordable, quality higher education.Havard University is the top ranked university in the world, while University of Nairobi leads the local rankings. US universities dominate the top 10.