Strathmore University and Kenya Institute of Management have been ranked in the top ten list of Africa’s top business schools done by Webometrics, distinguishing themselves from established state funded universities.
The ranking which was dominated by South African Universities found that University of Pretoria Gordon Institute of business was top followed by University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and Wits Business School.
The ranking was however based on web presence and not necessarily the quality of learning and courses offered.
The rising tide of entrepreneurship has seen many Kenyans and Africans at large follow their dreams to businesses boosting demand for a business degree and increasing the need for business schools around the world.
The emergence of startup ecosystems around the world are also driving entrepreneurship awareness among young people.
Enrollment in business and related degrees has risen pushing up fees for the degrees above the average fees.
According to Webometrics, the aim of this ranking is to support Open Access initiatives and therefore the free access to scientific publications in an electronic form and to other academic material.
The web indicators are used here to measure the global visibility and impact of the Business Schools.
“We encourage the web publication as a way to communicate both formal and informal scholar material, maintaining the high standards of quality of the peer review processes,” the Ranking Web Web of World Business Schools said on its website.
Web sites reach much larger potential audiences, offering access to scientific knowledge to researchers and institutions located in developing countries and also to third parties (economic, industrial, political or cultural stakeholders) in their own community.
This Webometrics study was dome by a group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain.
There has been a sudden proliferation of universities in Kenya cashing in high population of students who cannot access state sponsored learning. The universities banking on lower fees have reduced the quality of learning reducing the quality of graduates in Kenya.