This article features the top twenty universities in Africa. These tertiary institution were carefully selected from several African countries, based on some requirements by UniRank they have been able to meet.
These requirements are;
- The institutions must be approved and licensed, with appropriate documents that defines its purpose(s) and privileges by the rightful higher educational authority within its country of residence.
- The institutions must offer at least a four years undergraduate and post-graduate degrees, Ba and MSc or PhD respectively.
- The institutions must have structures in their location, capable of accommodating students and facilities for learning and not a distant learning system.
Here are the best 20 universities in Africa.
1. University of Cape Town
University of Cape Town which is abbreviated as UCT, is the first instituted university in South Africa carved out in the year 1829.
This university is rated as the top in South Africa, and Africa, also ranking as the number 136th, in the world university rank.
UCT, is comprised of different cultures and nationality, with well over 25,000 students from over 100 different nations around the world, thousands of professionals, academic, service and administrative staffs.
This high rated university offers degrees in science, humanities, commerce, health science, law and engineering. They have high profiled researchers who are recognized all around the world.
2. University of the Witwatersrand
This prominent University with ‘Wits’ as it common name, was founded in 1896. Wits, which acquired its University status in 1922 is situated in Johannesburg.
This institution is ranked as the 2nd best university in South Africa, and in the continent of Africa. Wits is ranked as number 194th University in the world by the world university ranking.
Aaron klug who won the world prize for chemistry in 1982 and Sydney Brenner who also won noble prize for medicine in 2002 had their 1st degree at wits.
The available faculty at wits are, science, commerce, health, humanities, engineering and the built environment, law and management.
3. University of Stellenbosch
The stellenbosch University, which was created in the year 1903, became the first African University to Sign the Berlin declaration in order to gain passage to the fields of science and humanities.
SU, which is a South African higher educational institution is known greatly for their research, innovation and excellence globally. This tertiary institution has faculties of agrisciences, faculty of law, theology, military science, engineering, arts and social sciences, science, medicine and health sciences, education and faculty of economics and management science.
University of Stellenbosch, is ranked as number 3rd university in Africa and falls between 251-300th in the world.
4. Aswan University
Aswan University is located in Egypt. It emerged as a branch of Assuit University in the 1976. It is situated in market city of Aswan, in Egypt, along the river Nile.
Aswan University is ranked between 401-500th in the world university ranking, 201-300th in university impact ranking and at 4th position with other universities like Covenant University in Nigeria, university of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and Mansoura University in Egypt.
This Egyptian top rated University has faculties of clinical, pre-clinical and health, arts and humanities, engineering and technology, physical science, social science, computer science, law, business and economics, education, life science and psychology.
5. Covenant University
This renowned University is founded in the year 2002. This institution is privately owned and is also a pentecostal Christian university based on Christian mission ethos. Covenant university is located in Ota, Ogun state of Nigeria and is one of the top leading higher institutions of learning in Nigeria and Africa at large. It won the award of the best private university in 2018.
It is born with the passion of in depth research for the growth of the nations education. At Covenant University, are four colleges for business and social sciences, science and technology, leadership and development and college of engineering.
It ranks as one of the 4th best African universities and falls between the space of 401-500th in the world ranking and at 301th+ in uni impact ranking.
6. Mansoura University
The University of Mansoura is one of the leading higher institutions in Africa. It is located at Elgomhouria street, Mansoura, Dakahlia, Egypt.
Under the authority of Cairo university which was laid in 1962, Mansoura University began as a faculty of medicine in the year 1973, this institution became known with its current name, after bearing East Delta University.
Mansoura University is known for high medical facilities, having a good number of major hospitals, with a medical experimental research center, a urology and nephrology centers. It has some four faculties which are, that of special education, arts, faculty of kindergarten and tourism and hotels.
It ranks as one of the 4th best African universities and falls between 401-500th in the world.
7. University of Ibadan
The University of Ibadan fondly called UI, is located in Ibadan, Oyo state of Nigeria. It was established in the year 1932. In the year 1962, UI which was formally affiliated to university of London became an independent body.
With the largest postgraduate school in Africa, UI also has thirteen facilities in arts, science, medicine, agriculture and forestry, public health and dentistry, social science, education, law, technology, veterinary medicine.
This prestigious educational institute has produced prominent and notable icons like Prof. Chinua Achebe, author of the popular play “things fall apart”, and also renowned Prof. Wole Soyinka.
UI is ranked as the 7th in Africa and falls between 501-600th in world uni ranking, 201-300th in uni impact ranking.
8. Northwest University
North West university was formed in the year 2004 as a result of the coming together of universities in order to establish a strong symbolic act of reconciliation and nation building in South Africa after the apartheid. The universities include; the historically black university of the North west, the Sebokeng campus of the black Vista university and the white potchefstroom university for Christian higher education.
The NW University comprises of eight facilities which are, education, engineering, law, health science, economics and management, natural agricultural science and humanities. It is located at, 11 Hoffman street potchefstroom, south Africa. Ranked as the 8th university in Africa and 501-600th in the world ranking.
9. Cairo University
Actually, the University of Cairo is located at 1, Gamaa Street, Giza, Egypt not Cairo as the name indicates. It is located close to the river Nile.
Cairo University is founded in the year 1908 with over 200,000 students among which are foreign students.
Among prominent alumni are Omar Sharif, Mohammed Morsi, one time president of the country.
This university has well over 25 faculties, among which are, medicine, engineering, archeology, law, agriculture. It is ranked as number 9th in Africa and between 601-800th in the world university ranking.
10. Ferhat Abbas Setif University 1
This educational institution is commonly called the credle of Algerian independence. It is located in the Eastern part of Algeria in their commercial capital and was established in the year 1978.
Ferhat Abbas Setif University is comprised of eight facilities, with a total of 141 degree courses, an experimental farm and 39 research institutes. This school is ranked as the 10th top universities in Africa, it falls between 601-800th position in the world ranking.
11. Makerere University
This began as a Tech school in 1922, as at the time, it stood as the only higher institution in Uganda. It grew into university college in 1949 and was affiliated to university college London. In 1970, it gain an independence status as a university.
Makerere University located in Kampala, Uganda with 38,000 number of students, three campuses offering evening and external study programmers.
It is ranked as one of the 11th best African institutions with a position between 601-800th in the world.
12. University of Pretoria
The University of Pretoria which is known as UP, is a research intensive institute with multiple faculties. It is located in Cnr Lynnwood road and Roper street, Hatfield, South Africa and founded in 1908.
UP has over 50,000 students, of which 13000 are postgraduate, and 4,500 are foreign students majorly from SADC.
UP is ranked as 12th in Africa, and falls between 601-800th in the world.
13. Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University
University of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah, USMBA was established in the year 1975. It took it name from the 18th century sultan of Morocco. USMBA is located along route Imouzzer, Morocco. They have faculties for arts and humanities, businesses and economics, law, engineering and tech. It is rated as the 13th top universities in Africa and position between 601-800th in the world.
14. American University in Cairo
AUC, which is Egyptian global university was created in the year 1919. Cairo American University is the top English language, American accredited higher institution in Egypt. It is the center for intellectual, social and cultural life of the Arab.
Known for its ground breaking records on research, AUC has produced great alumni such as, Her Majesty, Queen Rania AL Abdullah 91, queen of Jordan, and lots more. It is ranked 14th in Africa and 801-1000th in the world.
15. University of Ghana
In 1948, when it was established as the university college of the gold coast, it was affiliated to the college of the university of London. UG, became a degree awarding institute in 1961 and since then has become the largest university in Ghana.
The UG is divided into four colleges which are ; the college of humanities, health sciences, basic and applied science and college of education. With several institutions, UG have over 38,000 students, international students from over 50 nations offering programmers in nuclear physics and nuclear engineering.
University of Ghana is the highest in Ghana, 15th in Africa and falls between 801-1000th in the world.
16. University of Lagos
Unilag was established two years after the independence of Nigeria in 1960, and since then, the institutions has been one of the leading universities in Nigeria and Africa.
University of Lagos has three campuses which are ; the main campus, school of radiography and college of medicine at Akoka, Yaba and Surulere respectively.
With different courses for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, Unilag has produced notable alumni among which are The vice president of Nigeria, His excellency, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, San, prominent Wale Adenuga and lots more.
Ranked as 16th in Africa, Unilag falls between 801-1000th in the world.
17. University of Nairobi
UoN is situated along Uhuru highway, Nairobi, Kenya. It is the first and largest higher institution in Kenya.
It was known as Royal tech College when it was first established in the year 1956, and in the year 1970,it became what it is today. With over 900 degree programmes running in the university, UoN has over 80,000 students and lots of other staffs.
It is the number 17th in Africa and falls between 801-1000th in the world and 301th+ in young university ranking.
18. Tanta University
Tanta University Egypt was instituted in 1962, then as a branch under Alexandria university. In 1972, it became an independent institution under the name, middle Delta university. It name Tanta university finally came in 1973.
With facilities of engineering, law, veterinary, dentistry, arts and pharmacy. It is ranked as one of the 18th in Africa and falls between 801-1000th in the world and 201-300th in university impact.
19. Tshwane University of Technology
TUT is a South African university located along staatsartillerie Road, Pretoria west, south Africa. It was founded in 2004 on the 1st day of January.
TUT is a multi-faculty institution offering lots of professional courses. TUT is rated as one of the 19th in Africa, 801-1000th in the world and 251-300th in young uni ranking.
20. University of Nigeria Nsukka
This is commonly called UNN. It was founded by the first president of Nigeria, late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe in 1955 and started operations in the year the country got her independence in 1960.
With 15 faculties and 102 departments, 82 and 211 undergraduate and post graduates programmes respectively. Having notable alumni, UNN ranks one of the 20th top universities in Africa and at 1000th+ position by world university ranking.
This is based on information and by no means a form of competition among the institutions captured and the ones not captured.
However, your contrary views and opinions are welcomed.
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