Higher instituions of learning in kenya were among the first to establish websites inorder to present themselves on the internet. However, the use of university websites is changing overtime because of technlogical advances. University websites are becoming an important part of academics. They are also becoming a vital part of improving their brand image. Therefore, no university can afford to ignore its web rankings.
It is October 2015, and we have compiled a list of the top 10 most performing university websites in Kenya. Kenyayote.com does this monthly basing on Alexa data.
Alexa .com is an amazon company that ranks website by collecting data of their daily global traffic/unique visitors. The web metrics collected are extracted from over 25,000 browser extensions, search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask, Aol, Mywebsearch, DuckDuckGo, and Inbound link from top websites like Wikipedia, Amazon e.t.c.
Other organizations that rank universities by taking into consideration of their web traffic data include 4 International Colleges and Universities (4icu), QS world university rankings and Webometrics Ranking. However, Webometrics ranking remains the most reputable of all web rankings.
Compared to last month’s alexa rankings. Moi University has dropped from the top position to number nine. Kenyatta university has risen to number 1 as University of Nairobi also rises to number two from three. University of eldoret, Maseno university and egerton university have moved out of the top ten universities.
1. Kenyatta University-Ku.ac.ke
2. University of Nairobi-Uonbi.ac.ke
3. Mount Kenya University-Mku.ac.ke
4. Strathmore University-Strathmore.edu
5. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology-Mmust.ac.ke
6. United States International University-Afric-Usiu.ac.ke
7. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology-Jkuat.ac.ke
8. Africa Nazarene University-Anu.ac.ke
9. Moi University-mu.ac.ke
10. The Technical University of Kenya-tukenya.ac.ke
What can universities in Kenya do to improve their web rankings and compete with international universities? Alot needs to be done but the summary of it is that higher institutions of learning in Kenya should provide all the ICT facilities to lecturers, students and research scholars.
Note that alexa webrankings and any other related web rankings however important they are, do not consider key factors of selecting which university to join like physical infrastructure, research facilities and quality of education offered by the institution.