University of Botswana improves its Global Research Impact


The University of Botswana research volume and its teaching and learning continue to generate a high global impact, placing the institution among the highest ranked universities globally.  

In the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings which are released annually in September, the University of Botswana continued to show improvement in its academic performance. The University of Botswana continues to make strides in international standing and competitiveness as Botswana's premier institution of higher learning, joining the Top 20 in Africa. In Botswana, the University of Botswana continues to retain position one.

THE rankings are amongst the world’s most prestigious and widely referenced.  For the latest rankings, more than 108 million citations from over 14.4 million research public citations were considered including survey responses from almost 22 000 scholars globally. The rankings play a significant role in the global recognition of qualifications obtained from the University of Botswana because they are renowned for being credible and comprehensive.

In THE rankings, universities are assess based on 13 performance indicators which are grouped into five pillars: Teaching (the learning environment); Research (volume, income, and reputation); Citations (research influenced); Industry income (knowledge transfer) and International Outlook (staff, students and research). The results of the assessment are independently audited by Price-Waterhouse VCCoopers (PwC).  The University of Botswana registered a significant growth in all the five pillars with its citation impact score increasing two-fold from 13.7/100 (2021) to 26.0/100 (2022).

The results present a positive outlook as the University of Botswana gears up towards realising its ambition of being a research-intensive institution.  

The University of Botswana's performance during the review period was notable as it maintained its relative position in Botswana, Africa and the World notwithstanding challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The University is determined to live up to its vision of being a distinctive centre of academic excellence in Botswana, Africa and globally by 2029. Through its recently launched strategy, the University of Botswana under the leadership of its Vice Chancellor, Professor David Norris, has taken a bold step to continue measuring progress in achieving this vision by subjecting itself to the Times Higher Education appraisal annually.  

The University of Botswana management congratulates staff for their sterling performance.

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