Sunday, February 5, 2023

UB leaps up in International rankings

The University of Botswana (UB) is now ranked 42nd among African universities, up from 47th last year in the 2023 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings. The university’s global rankings also improved from 1 201+ band overall in the 2022 rankings to 1001–1200th band overall in this year’s rankings.

The Times Higher Education rankings provide the definitive list of the world’s best universities, with an emphasis on the research mission. It is the only global university league table to judge research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citations (research influence); industry income (knowledge transfer) and international outlook (staff, students and research).

UB’S strongest performance was in International Outlook with a score of 63.7 in the 2023 rankings, surpassing the likes of University of Florida and University of Notre Dame which scored 41.4 and 59.3 respectively. International outlook is regarded as a mark of a top institution, relevant both to international and domestic students.

In the citations category — or research influence — which measures the number of times a piece of research is cited, UB scored 40.9, a major improvement from a score of 26 in the 2022 rankings. Another category which UB nudged upwards is the research category where it scored 12.6 this year from a score of 12 in last year’s rankings.

Professor David Norris, the university’s Vice Chancellor, has promised that the university will become a research-intensive institution capable of producing well-researched innovations that can be commercialised.

Data from THE Impact rankings also shows that the number of students per staff at UB is 17.6, the student ratio of Females to Males is 57:43. The percentage of international students is 4%.

The number of African universities in the rankings increased to 97 in the 2023 rankings from 71 in last year’s rankings. This is mainly because of the inclusion of institutions from five countries, that is: Namibia, Zambia, Mauritius, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. A total of 25 African universities made their debut appearance this year.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has maintained its position as Africa’s top tertiary education institution and is the only African University in the global top 200. UCT is now ranked 160th in the world, up from 183rd last year.

Among other things, the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) was listed in the “Reporter institutions” category which means it did not meet eligibility criteria. “Universities at the bottom of the table that are listed as having “reporter” status provided data but did not meet our eligibility criteria to receive a rank. This year we gave institutions the option to opt out of being displayed as reporters should they not meet the eligibility criteria,” states THE Impact Rankings.

The University Rankings 2023 include more than 1,799 universities across 104 countries and regions, making them the largest and most diverse university rankings to date. The rankings are based on 13 performance indicators in five areas namely: citations (30%), research (30%), teaching (30%), international outlook (7.5%) and industry income (2.5%).

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