In the July’s, 2020 Webometrics, Machakos University was ranked among the top twelve best Universities in Kenya. The University was 5th in Presence, 10th on Impact and 9th on Openness categories. Machakos University recorded a remarkable improvement from the 16th spot held in January, 2020 to Twelfth 12th overall in Kenya.
The rankings which began in 2004, ranks the world’s Universities and Institutions of Higher Learning based on a composite indicator that takes into account both the volume of the Web content, the visibility and impact of these web publications. The ranking is updated every January and July and as of 2020 it provides Web indicators for more than 30,000 universities worldwide with Machakos University been ranked number 232 in Africa during the latest release.
Welcoming the news, the Vice Chancellor, Prof.Lucy Irungu attributed this improvement to the University’s strong web presence as a tool of providing information related to teaching, research and knowledge transfer. The Vice Chancellor said Webometrics have emerged in the recent past as one of the most popular frameworks for measuring the impact of Universities globally.
She added that continuous ranking of higher learning institutions in Kenya and around the Globe will enable such institutions to enhance open access initiatives and electronic access to scientific and scholarly publications as well as sharing of knowledge through digital repositories hence supporting preservation of local content.