Check Out THE’s 2016 List For Best Universities In Africa


Times Higher Education released a highly respected World’s University Rankings list every year. The list employs 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators which will help us consider the best universities in Africa today and they include;

  • Teaching (the learning environment)
  • Research (volume, income and reputation)
  • Citations (research influence)
  • International outlook (staff, students and research)
  • Industry income (knowledge transfer)

The end result is respected by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments. For the ranking of this year, they considered 800 universities from 70 different countries a large leap from the 400 universities from 41 countries in last year’s table.

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For their list of the best universities in the world, they feature 147 of the top universities in the US – with 63 American universities making the top 200 of the list.

Best universities in Africa

That however is not our focus as we look to highlight 15 of the best universities in Africa according to their merits, so check out the table below;

1. University of Cape Town South Africa
2 University of the Witwatersrand South Africa
3 Stellenbosch University South Africa
4 Makerere University Uganda
5 University of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
6 University of Pretoria South Africa
7 University of Ghana Ghana
8 University of Nairobi Kenya
9 Suez Canal University Egypt
10 Alexandria University Egypt
11 Cairo University Egypt
12 University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad Morocco
13 University of South Africa South Africa
14 University of Ibadan Nigeria
15 Mohammed V University of Rabat Morocco

Overall institutions from seven countries across the continent feature in the list, with South Africa possessing four schools in the top five and six schools total in the entire list. The University of Cape Town was able to top the list due to its highly-cited research, strong international outlook and an ability to attract large sums of money from industry.

Egypt is the second most represented country in the mix. Three of its institutions made the list while Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda each have one institution in the ranking. The ranking was released ahead of THE’s second Africa Universities Summit, which held at the University of Ghana from 27 to 29 April 2016.