In the latest rankings as of March 2023 by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) Top Universities, Makerere University has been placed 7th in ranking by subject of medicine.
Makerere, which is Uganda’s premiere institution of higher learning becomes the only university in the East African region to be ranked in top ten (10).
Following in the region is University of Nairobi which ranked 14th, making it the second institution (in East Africa) to be included.
Makerere’s faculty of medicine boasts of about 3,000 students enrolled and about 13 programmes including Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Master Of Medicine (Internal Medicine), Master of Medicine (Obstetrics & Gynaecology), Master of Medicine (Surgery) and others.
Making the largest student-oriented subject rankings, QS ranking consists of five indicators: academic and employer reputation based on a global survey of 151,000 academics and 99,000 employers, research citations per paper, H-index, and international research network.
On similar rankings released earlier this year, the director of quality assurance at Makerere University – Prof Cyprian Misinde revealed to a local newspaper that there is a challenge of closed-access publications at Makerere which is hindering the institution from shooting to the top in ranking, overall.
“There are several reasons why we are not yet the first in Africa. One, many of our staff publish in closed-access journals. These are excellent journals, but may not be accessed easily since they require payment hence the articles they publish are not cited widely,” he noted.
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