The Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) has just released its 2016 ranking of universities across the world and it is unfortunate to note that no Nigerian University made the list that contained the best 1,000 universities in the World.
The ranking, released on Monday, sees Harvard University as the best higher institution in the world, followed by Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology all in the United States.
Two universities in the United Kingdom; University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford, are ranked fourth and fifth respectively just as five other American universities made top 10 – they are Columbia University, University of California, Berkley, University of Chicago, Princeton University and Yale University taking the sixth to tenth position respectively.
The US has a total number of 224 universities listed among the top 1,000, followed by China with 90.
Japan has 74, while the United Kingdom has 65.
Others are: Germany, 56; France, 48; Italy, 48; Spain, 41; South Korea, 36; Canada, 32; Australia, 27.
In Africa, only five universities in South Africa and four in Egypt made the list.
The ones in South Africa include: University of Witwatersrand, 176th; University of Cape Town, 265th; Stellenbosch University, 329th; University of KwaZulu-Natal, 468th; and the University of Pretoria, 697th.
The four from Egypt are Cairo University, 771st; Ain Shams University, 960th; Mansoura University, 985th; and Alexandria University, 995th.
Recall that no Nigerian university made the list in 2015.
According to CWUR, the eight objectives and robust indicators used to rank the world’s best 1,000 universities are:
1) Quality of Education
Measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals relative to the university’s size [25%]
2) Alumni Employment
Measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have held CEO positions at the world’s top companies relative to the university’s size [25%]
3) Quality of Faculty
Measured by the number of academics who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals [25%]
Measured by the number of research papers appearing in reputable journals [5%]
Measured by the number of research papers appearing in highly-influential journals [5%]
Measured by the number of highly-cited research papers [5%]
7) Broad Impact
Measured by the university’s h-index [5%]
Measured by the number of international patent filings [5%]