The Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) has been ranked the 31st best university in the Times Higher Education (THE) of London, Sub-Saharan Africa Universities Impact Rankings for 2023. AAMUSTED has achieved this height after its establishment as Ghana’s Premier TVET and Entrepreneurial Development Teacher Education University.
The Ranking used well-standardised indicators to compare participating universities’ teaching, research, and societal impact in addressing some of the toughest challenges on the African Continent. The data used included results from the first sub-Saharan African survey, which gathered the opinions of more than 20,000 students.
Over 120 universities from 20 African Countries participated in the 2023 edition, but 33 could not even meet the eligibility standards of the renowned ranking agency – Times Higher Education, limiting the number of universities ranked to only 88.
According to the ranking information published on the THE website, the ranking agency independently managed all data collection and calculations, save the ranking development work which it did in consultation with university leaders across sub-Saharan Africa.
AAMUSTED has received news of the ranking with excitement. Its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Frederick Kwaku Sarfo, minced no words in commending his staff for their hard work, sacrifices, and commitment, which is already yielding impactful results.
He hoped that the ranking would become a morale booster for the staff to continue offering excellent services in the University. “Being ranked 31st in Africa and 5th in Ghana in this all-round performance ranking is a good place to start to build a solid foundation and an enviable image for our university,” he said with smiles.
The Director of Quality Assurance, Planning and Accreditation (QAPA) at AAMUSTED, Dr. Emmanuel Appia-Kubi, said ranking among the top 50 universities in Africa in this all-inclusive performance ranking pointed to the fact that a lot of things are working right in AAMUSTED.
He said the ranking agency assessed the University’s responsiveness, accessibility, number of students, number and quality of academic programmes, their relevance to addressing societal needs, and research impact, among others, to arrive on its rank.
He was happy that AAMUSTED could rank in a respectable position even though it was less than three years as University.
The Director of Research, International Programmes and Institutional Advancement at AAMUSTED, Prof. Ebenezer Bonyah, also expressed happiness that AAMUSTED was gradually positioning itself among the best in the world.
He, however, reminded his fellow faculty staff to keep working hard on publishing research works in high-impact journals to catapult AAMUSTED to a desired position of acclaim regarding research. He said AAMUSTED would thrive if its staff would excel in research, teaching, and community service.