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UCC Ranked the Topmost University in Ghana and West Africa in the 2022 Times Higher Education World Universities Ranking

On Thursday 2nd September 2021, Times Higher Education (THE) released the 2022 world ranking of universities. The ranking this year is unique and historic because this is the first time the University of Cape Coast is ranked. UCC is the highest ranked new entrant out of 138 universities that made their debut on the global universities ranking league table this year.

UCC is the topmost ranked university in Ghana and 4th highest ranked university in Africa. UCC is also ranked number one globally in terms of field weighted citation impact (research influence) of our scholarly research outputs. The formidable reputation of our scholarly research outputs each year is indicative of the solid track record of UCC during the past six decades and definitely contributed to this achievement. By this feat, UCC has demonstrated that its pedigree in higher education and the impact of its scholarly research are unparalleled in Ghana and Africa.

The annual Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings (WUR) is the most prestigious global ranking. It aims to provide the definitive list of the best universities (1622 institutions in 99 countries in 2021), evaluated across five key areas of Teaching, Research, Citations, International Outlook and Industry Income. It is the only global university rankings league table to judge research-intensive universities across each one of their core missions: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation), international outlook (staff, students and research); citations (research influence); and industry income (knowledge transfer).

Times Higher Education (THE) uses 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, and all data are independently audited by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), making the Times Higher Education World University Rankings the only global university rankings, which is subjected to full, independent scrutiny of this nature.

Times Higher Education’s data are trusted by governments and universities and is a vital resource for students, helping them choose where to study.  The rankings are also widely used by faculty to inform career decisions, by university leaders to help set strategic priorities and by governments to help monitor policy. Some funders also use the rankings for institutional funding decisions.

The entire University of Cape Coast fraternity particularly the Chancellor, Chairman of the University Council, past and present university management, the Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, the Director and staff of the Directorate of Research, Innovation and Consultancy (DRIC), the Times Higher Education ranking committee, faculty, administrators, students, alumni, friends and family, local and international partners are very proud of this remarkable achievement that positions UCC as a university that is breaking new grounds in higher education.

This achievement gives expression to the vision of UCC—To be a University with a worldwide acclaim that is strongly positioned for innovative teaching, research, outreach and professional development.


Major Kofi Baah-Bentum (Rtd.) Psc. APR




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