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UNIVERSITY OF GHANA NAMED 7TH BEST IN AFRICA IN TIMES RANKING

ACCRA,

-- The Times Higher Education World University Rankings has named the University as the 7th best in Africa making Ghana's premier university the top rated institution in the West Africa sub-region.

A statement received here Monday said the University of Cape Town in South Africa was once again ranked the best in Africa while in East Africa, Uganda's Makerere University is ranked fourth, the only institution outside South Africa to make the top five.

Nico Cloete, the Director of the Center for Higher Education Trust and co-ordinator of the Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa, said four institutions in the list -- the Universities of Cape Town, Makerere, Nairobi and Ghana -- had adopted strategies to become research-led flagship universities in their country and had seen significant increases in doctoral graduates and research outputs during the last five years.

"This snapshot ranking is based on the same criteria as the World University Rankings but are keen to develop a bespoke range of metrics, following a public consultation, for a full Africa University Ranking," said Phil Baty, the Times Higher Education ranking Editor.

The statement quoted Ernest Aryeetey, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, as saying: "Our investments in research are beginning to pay off. Our reforms have been extremely beneficial. I am grateful to all the hardworking researchers and others who have made our consistent rise possible."

SOURCE: NAM NEWS NETWORK