The University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana has been ranked as the best University globally for research influence. UCC was ranked the number one university in Ghana and West Africa. UCC is also among the top five universities in Africa.
This enviable feat was released on the Times Higher Education website which featured the 2022 World University Rankings.
The 2022 World University Rankings included more than 1,600 universities across 99 countries and territories, making them the largest and most diverse university rankings to date.
The ranking is based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators which provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.
The performance indicators are grouped into five areas: Teaching (the learning environment); Research (volume, income and reputation); Citations (research influence); International outlook (staff, students and research); and Industry income (knowledge transfer).
The University is also ranked number one globally in terms of field weighted citation impact (research influence). No University in Ghana has ever achieved this position since the THE annual rankings commenced nearly two decades ago and among the top 301-350 Universities globally.
UCC is the highest ranked new entrant out of the 138 universities that made their debut on the 2022 global universities ranking league.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are the only global performance tables that judge research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
This year’s ranking analysed more than 108 million citations across over 14.4 million research publications and included survey responses from almost 22,000 scholars globally. Overall, about 430,000 data points from more than 2,100 institutions were collected.
The University of Oxford tops the ranking for the sixth consecutive year, while mainland China has two institutions in the top 20 for the first time: Peking University and Tsinghua University share 16th place.