In a remarkable achievement, the University of Embu has emerged as the top ranking University in Kenya in the just released Sub-Saharan Africa University Rankings conducted by Times Higher Education (THE). This distinguished recognition confirms the University’s unwavering commitment to becoming a dynamic epicenter of excellence in training and research. The ranking system was specifically tailored to Sub-Saharan Africa and considered a number of performance indicators across five pillars including: resources and finances; access and fairness; teaching skills; student engagement; and Africa impact. Each of the aforementioned pillars had a number of metrics assigned to it including the impact on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Evidence-based data that was used for ranking, was provided by the institution and validated by THE. The ranking system further involved a student survey that collected opinions of more than 20,000 students from the 88 universities which participated in this inaugural ranking. The students responded to questions touching on the quality of teaching and learning, campus life experiences, professional development and mental health counseling, among others. The University of Embu excelled in the aspects of quality teaching, student engagement and Africa impact, and was placed in the 16th position in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The University’s excellent performance is as a result of its commitment to maintaining high quality education, which is supported by robust curricula, qualified faculty and innovative research and teaching methodologies. The Institution prioritizes personalized mentoring of students, leadership development and career counselling, to nurture well-rounded graduates.
Furthermore, University of Embu extends beyond the confines of its campus, as it actively engages local and global communities. The Institution has fostered strong collaborations across continents with other universities, industries and funding organizations to address societal needs. These collaborations not only result to multidisciplinary research but have increased the University’s visibility to Africa and the world. Through community outreach programs, knowledge transfers initiatives and entrepreneurial support, the University serves as an agent of positive change, empowering individuals and fostering economic growth.
The link to the rankings is available here https://www.timeshighereducation.com/sub-saharan-africa-university-rankings.