10 Best Universities In Africa

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These Are the top 10 Best Universities In Africa to check out today.

More than 25 top universities in Africa feature in the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2016-2017.

The best universities in Africa span nine countries, from Uganda in the east to Nigeria in the west, Morocco in the north to South Africa in the south of the continent.

Two of South Africa’s universities appear in the top 200 of the worldwide rankings; the University of Cape Town is Africa’s top university at position 148, and Wits University is ranked at position 182, beating many prestigious universities in Germany, the UK, Canada, the US and Hong Kong.

Overall, Egypt and South Africa are the two best represented African countries in the ranking, with eight universities each.

But South Africa and Uganda are the only two countries with a universities in the top 500.

The ranking rates university performance using 13 different indicators measuring teaching, research, research impact, innovation and international outlook.

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1. University of Cape Town, South Africa

UCT’s campus is located at the foot of Table Mountain, offering spectacular views of Devil’s Peak and across the city.

The university was founded in 1829, earning its status as the oldest university in the country and the second oldest in Africa, behind the University of Sierra Leone founded two years earlier.

The main campus contains many teaching faculties, the main library and some halls of residence, and the middle and lower campuses are home to most of the student residences, sports facilities and some academic departments.

Academic departments are grouped into six faculties: the built environment, health sciences, commerce, engineering, humanities, science and law.

In addition, the university’s graduate business school runs independently from the commerce faculty.

UCT commits to social change through its ‘transformation’ projects, which tackle issues like diversity, student opportunity, and behaviour.

Around 18 per cent of the student body are international.

2. University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Wits University – as it is commonly known – is a public research university based in Johannesburg.

It was founded as a school of mining – the region is the most abundant with gold of any location worldwide.

The university grew significantly in the late 20th century and the campus expanding with many new buildings.

That time was also a period of protest against apartheid policies, and the university campus was fairly divided. Nonetheless, many prominent black leaders graduated from the university.

There are five campuses, with two joined by a walkway. The campuses are home to student residences, including female-only dorms, and academic departments.

Academic research and teaching is spread across five faculties: commerce, engineering and the built environment, health sciences, law and management, science and humanities.

Through the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, the medical school trains more specialists than any other university in southern Africa.

Wits Disability Unit is a flagship centre ensuring higher education is accessible to disabled students, caregivers and others in need of special provisions.

3. Makerere University, Uganda

Mekerere University Kampala (MUK) is the largest university in Uganda. It was established as a technical school in 1922 and has become one of the most prestigious universities in Africa.

The university is made up of nine colleges and one school, serving around 36,000 undergraduates and 4,000 postgraduates.

Many East African political figures have attended MUK, including presidents of Uganda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya.

The university was also a centre for literary activity and culture that formed a nationalistic identity in independent Uganda.

Academic colleges function as faculties, spanning natural sciences, business and management, health sciences, education and engineering.

Halls of resident are generally split by gender, with one specific dorm for final year medical students.

4. Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Stellenbosch University is located in South Africa’s western cape, not far from Cape Town.

The university town maintains Dutch colonial architecture and streets host an array of cafes, boutiques and galleries.

Among the university’s many achievements, it designed Africa’s first microsatellite in 1999.

Teaching at the university is split between four campuses, with the main one in Stellenbosch and the others nearby.

Students can write assignments and exams in both English and Afrikaans, even though the main language of instruction is Afrikaans. For postgraduate students, the language in classes is determined by the demographic of the class, and is usually English.

There are around 150 academic departments within 10 faculties, and many other research centres.

In addition to an extensive library system, the university has a conservatory with two concert halls, home of the Stellenbosch University Choir – the oldest South African choir.

5. University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The youngest university in the top five was formed from a merger between the University of Natal and the University of Durban-Westville in 2004.

The university consists of four colleges spread across five campuses in the KwaZulu-Natal region.

The college of agriculture, engineering and science teaches all science subjects except for clinical and health studies, and the college of humanities teaches across arts, social sciences and humanities. The college of health sciences contains the medical school, and the college of law and management studies provides courses in law, business and management.

Notable  alumni of the university include a number of public servants, activists, poets, and innovators.

Researchers and students regularly engage in international collaborations with partners in other countries, aiming to tackle pressing challenges like AIDS, food security and high-tech developments.

6. Mountains Of The Moon University, Uganda

Country: Uganda
African rank: 139th
World rank: 4380

7. Misr University Of Science And Technology, Egypt

African rank: 140th
World rank: 4607

8. Sthratmore University, Kenya

African rank: 144
World rank: 4718

9. University Of Buea, Cameroon

African rank: 159
World rank: 4948

10. Universite Internationale De Rabat, Morocco

African rank: 165
World rank: 5031

Check below on the ranking positions of your favourite Universities in the table.

Africa Rank 2017 World University Rank 2016-2017 University Country
1 148 University of Cape Town South Africa
2 =182 University of the Witwatersrand South Africa
3 401-500 Makerere University Uganda
4 401-500 Stellenbosch University South Africa
5 501-600 University of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
6 601-800 American University in Cairo Egypt
7 601-800 University of Ghana Ghana
8 601-800 University of Johannesburg South Africa
9 601-800 University of Pretoria South Africa
10 601-800 Sohag University Egypt
11 601-800 Suez Canal University Egypt
12 601-800 University of the Western Cape South Africa
13 801+ Ain Shams University Egypt
14 801+ Alexandria University Egypt
15 801+ Cairo University Egypt
16 801+ University of Ibadan Nigeria
17 801+ Mansoura University Egypt
18 801+ University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad Morocco
19 801+ Mohammed V University of Rabat Morocco
20 801+ University of Monastir Tunisia
21 801+ University of Nairobi Kenya
22 801+ Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University Morocco
23 801+ University of South Africa South Africa
24 801+ South Valley University Egypt
25 801+ University of Tlemcen Algeria
26 801+ University of Tunis El Manar Tunisia

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