Open University of Tanzania (OUT), the mentoring institution of Laweh Open University College, has emerged as the 13th best performing Open University out of a total of 103 in the 2018-19 world rankings.

In the Africa only rankings, OUT came second to University of South Africa. The two universities were the only two African universities among the first top 40 Open universities in the world. University of South Africa was first in the African rankings, and second in the global rankings. The Open University UK towered above all Open universities in the world while Zimbabwe Open University was third in Africa, and 43rd in the world.

Thus, the Africa only rankings were as follows: University of South Africa (1st), Open University of Tanzania (2nd), Zimbabwe Open University (3rd), Open University of Sudan (4th), National Open of University of Nigeria (5th), Zambia Open University (6th) and Open University of Mauritius (7th).

The rankings were gleaned from two of the world’s widely acclaimed ranking institutions, “Webometrics Ranking of World Universities” of Spain, and Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), headquartered in the United Arab Emirates.

The “Webometrics Ranking of World Universities” is an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain.

The CSIC is attached to the Ministry of Education and its main objective is to promote scientific research as to improve the progress of the scientific and technological level of the country which will contribute to increase the welfare of the citizens.

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), on the other hand, publishes rankings that measure the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions.

The CWUR uses seven objective and robust indicators to rank the world’s top universities. These are Quality of Education (15%), Alumni Employment (15%), Quality of Faculty (15%), Research Output (15%), Quality Publications (15%), Influence (15%), and Citations (10%).

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