KIU RANKED UGANDA’S BEST PRIVATE UNIVERSITY, COMES THIRD OVERALL IN THE COUNTRY
By Mulengera Reporter
The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities of July 2020 has once again ranked Kampala International University (KIU) the leading private University in East Africa in its latest.
KIU was also ranked the third-best University in Uganda, beating a number of public and privately owned higher learning institutions. In Africa, KIU emerged the 58th out of more than 2,000 Universities ranked.
The Kansanga-based university (with a health sciences campus in Ishaka-Bushenyi Municipality) moved up one place from fourth in Uganda; and 1,343 places from 4,719th to 3,376th out of 30,000 Higher Institutions of Learning in the world since the last rankings were announced in January 2020. The Webometrics rank of a University is heavily influenced by the volume, quality and impact of content it publishes on the web.
KIUC Vice-Chancellor Dr Mouhamad Mpezamihigo hailed this milestone.
“I take this opportunity to congratulate the KIU fraternity on this great achievement. Going up in the rankings is a result of a joint effort and contribution by the KIU Board of Trustees, University Council, University management, staff, students, and all our stakeholders and well-wishers,” Dr Mpezamihigo said.
“Even in these challenging times of the Covid19 pandemic, the University has continued to rise in rankings. This meritorious achievement is a combination of hardwork and special sacrifices by all. I register special thanks to the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Dr Al-Hajj Hassan Basajjabalaba, for investing heavily in infrastructure and improvements in work and study environments of the University ” he added.
Dr Mpezamihigo further noted that the University team is highly motivated to work even harder and attain the main target of being the University of choice and a leading beacon in the African and world academic sphere.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor for KIU Western Campus, Prof Patrick Kyamanywa, said “Kampala international university is continuing to live up to its motto, ‘Exploring the heights’, and has witnessed tremendous growth and transformation in the last five years, coming from eighth to third ranking University in Uganda, and among the top 100 universities on the African continent.”
“I congratulate the leadership and the entire KIU community on this great achievement. This high ranking is testament to the efforts and commitment to offering high-quality education and training to our students and being relevant and accountable to the community,” he added
Prof Kyamanywa further noted that the ranking was a great way to welcome new Chancellor Prof Mahmood Mamdani, under whose tenure “the University and expects greater transformation, taking advantage of the rich global influence and experience he brings with him to the University.”
Prof Mamdani is a proven and reputable academic and research fellow, and his entry into the KIU academic fold is considered a major landmark in intellectual circles, not only in Uganda but also in the region.
Kampala International University continues to fly the academic flag for Uganda, with the East Africa Community Medical Boards and Councils recently recognizing the KIU Teaching Hospital School of Health Sciences as the only school in Uganda licensed to admit, and train dental graduates.
The KIU Teaching Hospital, also the only of its kind as a University owned Teaching hospital, has contributed immensely in the fight against the Covid19 pandemic in the country, with its Covid19 emergency center being approved by the Ministry of Health to treat Covid19 patients. The KIU teaching hospital is ranked among the 10 best general hospitals out over 132 in Uganda.
On another front, in March 2020, KIU rolled out its e-learning platform as soon as the closure of educational institutions was announced by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Majority of students at the university have continued with their studies and assignments which are provided by the university lecturers according to schedule via the learning Management System.
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