Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has remarkably improved its global ranking, moving 2, 121 positions up to be placed 2826 out of 21, 500 ranked higher education institutions globally by Webometrics. In the quarter ending June 30, 2014 rankings, JKUAT also moved two positions up, to be declared third best academic institution in Kenya out of the 63 ranked Kenyan universities.
JKUAT’s latest performance can be attributed to increased number of publications by the university academic community, resulting in enhanced knowledge transfer. The University has also recently increased the number of sub-sites as well as rich text uploads which saw its web presence jump 2455 positions to be ranked 3693, compared to January 2014 rankings. In the excellence indicator, JKUAT scientific output in the 10% most cited journals, improved by 438 positions, to be placed 2, 572 globally.
The University has in the recent years intensified internal competitions by departments which are quarterly ranked, a move that is seen to have enhanced its corporate presence among institutions of higher learning globally.
During the last quarter internal departmental rankings, Department of Horticulture topped the academic contemporaries followed by Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences. In the non-teaching category, Directorate of Performance Contracting and Appraisal floored other departments with Library coming second.
To do even better, JKUAT is currently implementing an ambitious online visibility enhancement strategy, that will see more resources and information availed on its website, in line with its Strategic Plan, 2013-2017.
JKUAT Website Management Committee Chairperson, Prof. Peter Mwita says the latest results are a mark of progress as the institution aims to be among the top 2000 universities globally.