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The University of Nairobi remains a top-ranked institution of higher learning in Kenya and has moved a step higher to the eighth position in Africa, according to

The international higher education search engine and directory ranks Kenya’s premier university top in East and Central Africa and at position 1,071 in the world. This is a slight drop in its global ranking -- six months ago, the ranking had placed it at position 990.

Makerere University from Uganda is the second in the region and 23rd in Africa.

Kenyatta University maintained second place in the country but dropped more than 10 places to sit at position 35 in Africa. The institution ranks 2,368th in the world.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) comes third in Kenya and among the six that made it to the list of top 100 in Africa. JKUAT is 80th in the continent and 4,398th in the world.

Strathmore University is ranked as the best private university in the country and the fourth-best out of sixty-two universities ranked in Kenya. The institution beat other universities to scoop the 83rd position in the continent and 4,615th in the world.

United States International University Africa (USIU-Africa) follows closely as the second-best private institution of higher learning in Kenya, fifth-best nationally and 86th in the continent.

Mount Kenya University (MKU) is ranked sixth ahead of Egerton, Moi and Technical University of Kenya (TUK), which are all in the top 200. MKU is 96th in Africa, Egerton University 128th, Moi University 153rd and TUK 198th.

Kenya’s other universities, including Maseno, Maasai Mara, Masinde Muliro and Multimedia University, are yet to feature in the list of Africa’s top institutions of higher learning released annually by top-ranking tools, including the Webometrics.

University of Nairobi is the only institution in East Africa in the top 10 list that is highly dominated by South Africa. University of Pretoria sits top, followed by University of Cape Town. Egypt’s the American University in Cairo closes the list of top 10 in Africa.

The ranking is based on an algorithm that samples five unbiased and independent web metrics extracted from three different search engines including Google Page Rank, Alexa Traffic Rank, Majestic Seo Referring Domains, Majestic Seo Citation Flow and Majestic Seo Trust Flow.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the best in the world followed by Havard and Stanford, all from the US.

The list of the top 50 in the world features 41 universities from the US, four from China, three from Great Britain and two from Canadian.