Tuesday 11 August, 2020

NCU gets top ranking among universities in Jamaica

The main entrance to the Mandeville-based Northern Caribbean University (NCU) campus.

The main entrance to the Mandeville-based Northern Caribbean University (NCU) campus.

The President of Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Dr Lincoln Edwards, has cited ‘consistent achievements in science, technology and innovation’ as having contributed to the institution being ranked as the most popular within the higher education sector in Jamaica.

The Mandeville-based institution’s ranking has been announced by uniRank in its just- released July 2019 web-based, non-academic ranking.

According to the international higher education directory that  ranks more than 13,600 universities and colleges in 200 countries, the aim of the  listing is to “provide an approximate global ranking of world universities and colleges based upon their web presence and popularity in terms of estimated traffic, trust/authority and quality link popularity.

“This is especially intended to help international students and academic staff to understand how popular a specific higher education institution is in a foreign country,” uniRank outlined.

It assessed NCU along with five other local institutions of higher learning that all met the following criteria:

•             being chartered, licensed or accredited by the appropriate Jamaican higher education-related organisation

•             offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees)

•             delivering courses predominantly in a traditional, face-to-face, non-distance education format

The university ranking organisation said it aimed to “provide a non-academic League Table of the top Jamaican universities based on valid, unbiased and non-influenceable web metrics provided by independent web intelligence sources.” These included Moz Domain Authority, Alexa Global Rank, SimilarWeb Global Rank, Majestic Referring Domains and Majestic Trust Flow.

To safeguard against bias, uniRank applies a filtering process that, among other effects, “overcomes situations where the number of referring links and referring domains are artificially inflated and manipulated through unnatural or paid link schemes.”

Commenting on NCU’s top ranking, Edwards said: “I believe that prospective students and faculty have become aware of our success as a science, technology and innovation powerhouse, as well as our values-based Christian education, and are seeking to know more about us.”

Although uniRank has provided a non-academic assessment of NCU, Edwards said the attainment of institutional accreditation from the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) last year proved that the institution is adhering to internationally-comparable quality assurance standards in programme development, delivery and certification.

The NCU president also said the university is part of the second largest international network of privately-owned institutions of higher learning, and operates according to quality standards established by the Adventist Accrediting Association.

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