These universities have been numerically ranked based on their positions in the overall Best Global Universities rankings. Each institution was evaluated based on its research performance and its ratings by members of the academic community around the world and in the region. These are the top global universities in Africa. Read methodology
20. University of Gondar (Ethiopia)
The University of Gondar, until 2003 known as the Gondar College of Medical Sciences, is the oldest medical school in Ethiopia. Established as the Public Health College in 1954, it is located in Gondar, the former capital of Ethiopia. In 2010, the university offered 42 undergraduate and 17 postgraduate programs. As of 2016, the University offers 56 undergraduate and 64 postgraduate. These are organized under the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Business and Economics, College of Natural and Computational Sciences, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Faculty of Agriculture, and three schools (School of Law, School of Technology and School of Education)
19. University of Nairobi (Kenya)
The only institution of higher learning in Kenya for a long time, the University of Nairobi responded to the national regional and Africa’s high level manpower training needs by developing and evolving strong, diversified academic programmes and specializations in sciences, applied sciences, technology, humanities, social sciences and the arts. To date, the range of programmes offered number approximately two hundred.
18. University of Casablanca Hassan 2 (Morroco)
Hassan II University of Casablanca (UH2C) Université Hassan II de Casablanca), established in 1975, is a public university which is the result of a recent merger since 1 September 2014 of two universities Hassan II University Ain Chock – Casablanca and the Hassan II University Mohammedia.
17. Alexandria University (Egypt)
Alexandria University is one of the largest universities in Egypt, and the third university established after Cairo University and the American University in Cairo. Alexandria University has 21 faculties and 3 institutes that teach different types of social, medical, engineering, mathematics and other science.
16. University of the Western Cape (South Africa)
The University of the Western Cape (UWC) was founded in 1960 and occupies a unique space in the South African higher education landscape. It is a dynamic institution committed to excellence in learning, teaching, research and innovation in a globally competitive environment whilst remaining true to the values and ethos that have shaped its identity as a university rooted in serving the public good.
UWC is home to more than 23 000 students who engage in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in seven faculties, namely: Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Community Health Science, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Natural Sciences.
15. Makerere University (Uganda)
Makerere University, Kampala is Uganda’s largest and oldest institution of higher learning. It was established as a technical school in 1923 and became an independent national university in 1970.
Furthermore, Makerere University consists of 10 faculties which are Agricultural and Environmental science, Business and management science, college of computing and information science, Law, Education, External Studies, Health Sciences, Veterinary and Medicine, Humanities and Social science.
14. Mohammed First University of Oujda (Morocco)
Mohamed First University, Oujda, Morocco, was founded in 1978. The university has more than 21,200 students (2007) on the sites of Oujda and Nador (and Al Hoceima since 2008). It has 590 professors and 440 personal and technical staff.
13. Ain Shams University (Egypt)
Ain Shams University was established in 1950 and is situated in Cairo, the capital city of Egypt. However, it is officially recognized by Egypt’s Ministry of Higher Education(MHE), the Federation of the University of the Islamic World(FUIW), and the Association of African Universities( AAU).
12. Kwame Nkrumah University Science and Technology (Ghana)
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is a public University of Ghana that focuses on science and technology.The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is the public university established in the country, as well as the largest university in the Kumasi Metropolis and in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
11. Addis Ababa University (AAU) (Ethiopia)
Addis Ababa University, formerly called University College of Addis Ababa, is a highly residential national University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It is a State University. The university has 13 campuses. Twelve of which are located in Addis Ababa, and one is located in Bishoftu. AAU has several associated research institutions, including the Institute of Ethiopian Studies. AAU is fully accredited by the Association of Africa University (AAU), African Virtual University (AVU), and Agency Universitarie de la Francophonie(AUF).
10. North West University (South Africa)
Northwest University is committed to functioning as a unitary, integrated, multi-campus University that enables equity and globally competitive teaching and research making it one of the BEST UNIVERSITY IN AFRICA.
Northwest University comprises the Potchefstroom campus, Mahukeng Campus, and Vanderbijlpark Campus.
Northwest University consists of 8 faculties, including Education, Economics, and Management, Sciences, Engineering, Health Science, Law, Theology, Natural and Agricultural Science.
9. Mansoura University (Egypt)
Mansoura University is located on the East bank of the Nile and Northwest of Cairo, Egypt. However, it was founded in 1972.
The main campus is situated in the heart of Mansoura city, and also it has three off campuses. It consists of 18 faculties, namely Faculty of Medicine, Education, Science, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Commerce, Law, Engineering, Agricultural Science, Arts, Veterinary, Fine art, Computer, and information, Nursing, Physical Education, Hotel and tourism, Kindergarten and special education.
8. University of Pretoria (South Africa)
The University of Pretoria was established in 1908, and it’s one of the largest research universities in South Africa. UP is recognized for its high quality of teaching and learning and for producing socially impactful research to find solutions for the world’s most pressing issues. The University of Pretoria is a seven-campus public university with its largest campus in the heart of Hatfield, the picturesque diplomatic hub of South Africa’s Capital City.
The University of Pretoria consists of nine (9) faculties, including South Africa’s only faculty of Veterinary Science, Engineering, Health Science, Theology and Religion, Natural and Agricultural Science, Engineering and Information Technology, and the top African faculty of Law and Business school. Faculties are well equipped with state-of-the-art research facilities, Laboratories, and Academic libraries.
7. University of Ibadan (Nigeria)
The University of Ibadan was established in 1948, and it is the first university in Nigeria. Also, it is the oldest degree-awarding institution in Nigeria, and it is fondly called UI. It is located in Ibadan Oyo State, Nigeria.
UI has contributed to Nigeria’s political, industrial, economic, and cultural development through its graduate network. Notable and reputable alumni are Chinua Achebe (the great Novelist) and Wole Soyinka (the playwright). UI also ranks as one of the best universities in Africa.
6. University of Johannesburg (South Africa)
The University of Johannesburg is one of the largest universities in South Africa among the 26 public universities. UJ offers internationally recognized academic programs based on curricula informed by cutting-edge developments in both undergraduate and postgraduate education.
It consists of seven (7) faculties: Education, Art, Design and Architecture, Health Sciences, Engineering, Business and economics, and Law. UJ is accredited by DHE, the Association of African Universities (AAU), and the universities of South Africa (USA).
The university has four campuses: Auckland Park Kingsway campus, the Doornfontein campus, the Soweto campus, and the Bunting road campus.
5. Cairo University (Egypt)
Cairo University was founded in 1908. However, it is a premier public university and the first Egyptian university to be recognized as one of the best universities in Africa. Again, it is the second oldest higher education university in Egypt after Al Azhar University. Its main campus is located in Giza.
The university consists of 20 faculties, including medicine, Engineering, and Law.
4. University of Kwazulu- natal (South Africa)
The University of KwaZulu-Natal is a public school situated in Durban Westville, Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu- natal South Africa. The university was established on January 1, 2004, due to the University of Durban Westville and Natal merger.
The university has five campuses: the Westville campus ( main campus), Nelson .R. Mandela School of Medicine, Howard college campus, Edgewood campus, and the Pietermaritzburg campus.
The university has a strong reputation in Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. KwaZulu-Natal is recognized by DHE and institutionally accredited by DHET of South Africa
3. University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)
The University of Stellenbosch is also among the best universities in Africa based on research output, rated scientists, students’ pass rate, and recognition internationally as an academic institution of excellence.
The University of Stellenbosch is fully accredited by DHE, DHET South Africa, and a member of the Association of Africa Universities (AAU), and Universities of South Africa (USA).
It consists of ten (10) faculties: Agricultural Science, Law, Medicine and health science, Engineering, Arts and social sciences, Theology, Education, Economic and Management science, and Military science, which is one of its kind in South Africa. Courses are taught in both Afrikaans and English.
2. University of Witwatersrand (South Africa)
The University of Witwatersrand is remarkable and internationally distinguished for its excellent research. The University of Witwatersrand is a public school situated in Johannesburg, the heart of the economic hub of the African continent.
Furthermore, the University of Witwatersrand is home to these four Nobel Prize winners: Nelson Mandela (peace), Sydney Brenner (medicine), Aaron Klug (Chemistry), and Nadine Gordimer (Literature).
This prestigious university is institutionally accredited by the DHET South Africa and professionally accredited by the Association of MBAs, Engineering Council of South Africa, Royal Institute of British Architecture, and South Africa Council for Architecture Profession.
1. University of Cape Town
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa’s oldest university, and it is one of Africa’s leading teaching and research institutions. The University of Cape Town was founded in 1829 as the South African College, A high school for boys. The University of Cape Town was established as a university in 1918 based on the Alfred Beit bequest. UCT earned the nickname “Moscos on the Hill” from 1960 to 1990 for its sustained opposition to apartheid.
It is home to more than a third of South Africa’s rated researchers’ academics who are considered world leaders in their field. Thus, making her the top of the best universities in Africa.