The departments of Mechanical Engineering and Library have floored their contemporaries in the second quarter online visibility ranking of academic and non-academic categories respectively. Mechanical Engineering department also elbowed the department of Botany from the coveted overall best position to stamp its online authority in a competition that is growing fiercest with each ranking.
Closing in after Mechanical Engineering department in the teaching category was the department of Statistics and Actuarial Science while the department of Performance Contracting came second in the non-teaching category.
On receiving the ranking results, Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Dr. Hiram Ndiritu attributed their success to teamwork, effective infrastructure and unwavering commitment to continued improvement.
“We constantly review the department website and update it regularly. Each member of the department has a role to play and modern tools to execute our duties professionally, both online and offline”, avers Dr. Ndiritu with a smile.
The Deputy Librarian, Dr. G. Gatero was equally elated after his department overshadowed its category sisters. Dr. Gatero opined that since the website is the window through which the department interacts with its diverse clientele, a section of the staff has been deployed to fully man the library website.
“Besides continuous update and review of the site, we are cognizant of the dynamic communication landscape and trends of our clients. We have consequently taken to active use of the social media platforms to disseminate relevant and timely information”, said Dr. Gatero, beaming with joy.
The quarterly internal ranking of the departments is aimed at fostering the overall online visibility of the university, an imperative requirement for a modern university. The university website has registered a phenomenal improvement in the global ranking, with over 52, 000 hits in June 2012 alone, up from a paltry 300 hits monthly three years ago.
In conducting the internal departmental rankings, the Website Committee bench marked the evaluation on accessibility of the site, comprehensiveness of available information, peer review, insights, unique selling points and use of emerging technologies.
A total of 51 academic and 13 non-academic departments were evaluated and ranked in the second quarter. However, 18 non-academic and one academic department were not evaluated because they lack own websites.
The full ranking criteria can be found at: http://www.jkuat.ac.ke/ranking-criteria/