The University of Ghana has been ranked 125th in the prestigious Times Higher Education’s BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2017.
The inclusion of University of Ghana in the Times Higher Education (THE) Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) & Emerging Economies rankings is described as a significant achievement, meaning the university is one of the top 300 institutions in the 50 countries included in the analysis.
Institutions from the 50 countries listed are classified as emerging economies (advanced and secondary) or “frontier economies” by the Financial Times Stock Exchange Index.
Only 41 of these countries, however, made the final top 300 list.
“University of Ghana’s place in this ranking of the best research-led universities in the developing world, is therefore, a significant achievement,” said Stella A. Amoa, UG’s Director of Public Affairs in a statement on the university’s website.
Phil Baty, Editor of THE World University Rankings, was quoted as saying: “it is no easy task to appear in the 2017 BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings, which use the same 13 rigorous and demanding performance indicators as the overall World University Rankings.”
“Institutions must demonstrate high standards of performance across teaching, research, international outlook and knowledge transfer and compete with other leading research universities across 50 emerging economy countries.
“We only rank the very best universities from this cohort so to make the top 300 list is a great achievement in itself and University of Ghana should be heartily congratulated,” he said.
The ranking uses the same 13 rigorous performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings, examining each university’s strengths against all of its core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. But the methodology has been carefully recalibrated to better reflect the characteristics and development priorities of universities in developing economies. More weight is given, for example, to a university’s industry links and international outlook.