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MUST Ranked Best University in Malawi

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The Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) has been ranked as the best university in Malawi by the Times Higher Education (THE) in the Sub-Saharan Africa University Rankings in 2023.

MUST communications manager, James Mphande, told Zodiak Online on Tuesday that this is the first ranking after nine years of the university's existence and the only Malawian university which is based on teaching, research and outreach impact.

Mphande said "being ranked the best here and 29th in Sub Saharan Africa as a starting point is indeed an honour and humbling, but we need to strive for top three and that really means working harder. Like all other universities in Malawi, we lack resources for teaching and learning, research and the output reflects the same."

MUST communications manager has however bemoaned that like all other universities in Malawi, lack of resources for teaching and learning including research are affecting the output in such top rankings.

Meanwhile, education analyst, Victor Chikoti said this is not a mean achievement for MUST.

Chikoti has urged other universities including the delinked public universities to learn from the MUST on the number of research publications, best academic staff, number of international students being attracted and online visibility.

"The news that MUST has been ranked highly in the country is a very welcome development. For a university to be recognised there are a several issues that are considered, for example the number of publications which is showing the amount of research that is taking place, the number of academic staff; how many, professors, PhD holders among others," he said.

The list is led by South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand, while  University of Johannesburg is second and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania is third.

About two-thirds of participating universities are public institutions; a quarter are private, not-for-profit organizations; and about a tenth are private, for-profit organizations.

Times Higher Education’s business is built on 10 million data points from 2,500 institutions in 93 countries; on unrivalled news, insight and intelligence; and on a relationship of trust with universities spanning 50 years.

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