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University of Zimbabwe comes 44th in African top University Lists

April 4, 2014 Comments off

“The reputation of a university depends not on the number of its students or the splendour of its buildings, but on the quality of its members and the nature of its contribution to learning, “. These words by the former Australian Minister for Post-War Reconstruction, John Dedman. The latest university ranking for Africa by University Web Ranking places the Cairo University in Egypt as the top university to study in Africa, followed by the University of Cape Town. The list is shows stiff competition between Egypt and South Africa. There are many factors that make a good university. According to Forbes, a good university three factors distinguish top international universities from their competitors. The first: a high concentration of talented teachers, researchers and students.

Other factors such as employ-ability of graduating students, how long it takes them to get a job after completing their studies also contribute to this equation. We may love our University of Zimbabwe, but it scores in at number 44, followed by the University of Zambia. It might be better to go to Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria as it comes in at number 25.

A great university:
-Has a belief that argumentation rather than deference is the route to clarity
-Has an insistence that arguments stand or fall on their merits
-Is an organisation that fosters rigorous analysis of complex problems from multiple perspectives
-Embeds learning in a culture of inquiry and analysis, thereby offering the most empowering education to students irrespective of the path they may ultimately take.
-Has a commitment to attract the most original faculty and students, who can most benefit from, and contribute to, the university and its environment.
-Has a recognition that the universities contributions to society rest on the power of our ideas and the openness of our environment to developing and testing ideas.

Top 100 African Universities.
1 Cairo University, Egypt

2 University of Cape Town, South Africa

3 University of Pretoria, South Africa

4 Universiteit Stellenbosch, South Africa

5 University of South Africa, South Africa

6 University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, South Africa

7 University of the Western Cape,South Africa

8 Ain Shams University, Egypt

9 Alexandria University, Egypt

10 Mansoura University, Egypt

11 University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

12 University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

13 The American University in Cairo, Egypt

14 Rhodes University, South Africa

15 Assiut University, Egypt

16 Université Mohammed V – Agdal, Morocco

17 University of Nairobi, Kenya

18 Université de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

19 University of Johannesburg, South Africa

20 Makerere University, Uganda

21 University of Botswana, Botswana

22 Zagazig University, Egypt

23 University of Ghana, Ghana

24 Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique

25 Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

26 University of Khartoum, Sudan

27 Université Mentouri de Constantine, Algeria

28 Université de la Reunion, Reunion

29 Benha University, Egypt

30 The German University in Cairo, Egypt

31 Université Cheikh Anta Diop

32 Addis Ababa University

33 North-West University, South Africa

34 Sudan University of Science and Technology

35 Université Abou Bekr Belkaid Tlemcen

36 University of Namibia

37 Al Akhawayn University

38 College of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Rwanda

39 University of Lagos

40 Helwan University

41 Université Mouloud Maameri de Tizi Ouzou

42 Université de Batna

43 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

44 University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

45 University of Zambia, Zambia

46 Université Abdelhamid Ibn Badis Mostaganem, Algeria

47 Université Abdelmalek Essadi, Morocco

48 Université d’Alger, Algeria

49 Université d’Antananarivo, Madagascar

50 Moi University, Kenya

51 Université Mohammed V – Souissi, Morocco

52 South Valley University, Egypt

53 Minia University, Egypt

54 Tanta University, Egypt

55 Al-Azhar University,Egypt

56 Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa

57 University of Ilorin, Nigeria

58 Minoufiya University, Egypt

59 Université M’hamed Bouguerra de Boumerdes, Algeria

60 Université d’Oran, Algeria

61 Suez Canal University, Egypt

62 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

63 Université Cadi Ayyad, Morocco

64 Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria

65 University of Swaziland, Swaziland

66 Université Ibn Tofail, Morocco

67 Strathmore University

68 Université Hassan II Mohammedia – Casablanca

69 Kafr el-Sheikh University

70 University of Ibadan

71 Université Hassan II – Casablanca

72 University of Malawi

73 Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediène

74 Universiteit van die Vrystaat
South Africa

75 University of Nigeria

76 Universidade de Cabo Verde
Cape Verde

77 Polytechnic of Namibia

78 Kenyatta University

79 Libyan International Medical University

80 Ahmadu Bello University

81 University of Mauritius

82 Sirte University

83 Tshwane University of Technology
South Africa

84 University of Benin

85 University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

86 Durban University of Technology
South Africa

87 Université Kasdi Merbah de Ouargla

88 Université de Sousse

89 Université de Tunis El Manar

90 University of Gezira

91 University of Cape Coast

92 Université de la Manouba

93 United States International University

94 Covenant University

95 Central University of Technology
South Africa

96 Université Mohamed Khider de Biskra

97 Madonna University

98 The British University in Egypt

99 University of Fort Hare
South Africa

100 Sokoine University of Agriculture

Naked Scientists Prize Internship

March 22, 2014 Leave a comment

Looking to kick-start a career in science media? The Naked Scientists have an opening for an intern to join their award-winning team this summer.

The successful applicant, who will also receive a cash award of £1000, will spend a period of 8 – 10 weeks gaining experience in making science radio programmes and podcasts, web development, science writing, video editing and production. Full funding is also provided to enable the sucessful applicant to attend the 2014 British Science Association (BSA) festival, in Birmingham.

“The Naked Scientists” broadcasts on BBC radio stations across the UK, and worldwide as a podcast, which is consistently near the top of the iTunes Science podcast charts in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

This internship, which is supported by the Medical Research Council (MRC), is open to UK-based students (including Masters and PhD students and recent graduates) who hold or are registered for a science or engineering-based University degree.

Whether you’re interested in live radio; writing news or features; producing online video or developing online content, let us know what you think you could bring to the Naked Scientists, and what you would hope to get from the internship. Please include both email and telephone contact details.


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The deadline for applications is May 31st 2014; selected applicants will be invited to interview in June.

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