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Africa news roundup: 21-27 June

African underdogs shine in Shanghai public health rankings, South African academy calls for action on air pollution, Ghana strengthens genetics research through deal with Japan, and more…

Smaller universities shine in Shanghai public health ranking

Some of Africa’s lesser known universities have performed well in the latest subject rankings by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, better known as the Shanghai rankings. Tanzania’s Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences debuts in the top 100 of the public health ranking, by far Africa’s strongest subject area in the ARWU lists. This places Muhimbili joint second in Africa in public health, behind joint leaders in the 51-75 band, South Africa’s universities of Cape Town and the Witwatersrand. Muhimbili is joined in the 76-100 band by the universities of Zambia and KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Zambia is up from the 151-200 band last year. Addis Ababa University moves up to 101-150 from 151-200 last year. However, Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology drops out of the top 100. There are 19 African universities in the top 500 in public health.

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