Top 10 Best Universities in Africa (Latest Rankings)

University of Cape Town

Pursuing a higher education is relevant but much more important is the source and quality of the information you receive which shapes your knowledge (all things being equal which is never so anyway). The world university rankings rate most of the major higher institutions across the globe. African Universities just like every other thing that can be ranked is highly subject to change but a few of the African universities have proven to be better than others in the same continent. Below is the list of top ten best universities in Africa.

10 Best Universities in Africa


AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO - 10 Best Universities in Africa

The American University in Cairo was established by Americans who were devoted to education and service in the Middle East in 1919 with a motive to create an English-language based university that will uphold very high standards of learning, conduct and scholarship and to ultimately contribute to the intellectual growth, discipline, and character of the future leaders of Egypt and the region. The founding president, Dr. Charles A. Watson helped shape the institution for the first 27 years.

Initially The American University in Cairo (AUC) was intended to be both a preparatory school and a university. With a population of 142 students in two classes that were equivalent to the last two years of an American high school, the preparatory school was opened in 1920 and awarded Junior college-level certificates to 20 students in 1923 as her first diploma certificate. The American University in Cairo ranks number 10 on our list of Top 10 Best Universities in Africa


University Rhodes - Top 10 Universities in Africa

Established May 31, 1904, Rhodes University is located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Rhodes is a small university when compared to some other African Universities but the institution enjoys the distinction of having among the best undergraduate pass and graduation rates in South Africa, outstanding postgraduate success rates, and the best research output per academic staff member. Overall, Rhodes University shares among the top 10 universities in Africa.


University of the Western Cape - Best 10 Universities in Africa

The University of the Western Cape is a national university and has a history of creative struggle against oppression, discrimination and disadvantage. The institution was established in 1960 by the South African government as a university for Coloured people only.Among academic institutions it has been in the vanguard of South Africa’s historic change, It is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and research, to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa, and to responding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society. University of the Western Cape’s is mostly concerned with access, equity and quality in higher education.

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University of South Africa - Best African Universities

University of South Africa was established in 1918. Before this time, the University of the Cape of Good Hope was established in Cape Town in 1873 and received a royal charter in 1877 and in 1918, was incorporated into University of South Africa (UNISA). in 2004, Unisa merged with South Africa’s two other major distance education service providers, Technikon Southern Africa and Vista University. Following the merger, Unisa becomes the sole provider of distance education in the country. It is the largest distance institution in Africa and among the largest in the world.


University of pretoria

The University of Pretoria commenced its activities in 1908 with a staff of four professors and three lecturers. Thirty-two students enrolled for courses at the first campus, Kya Rosa, a house in the centre of the Pretoria. The University of Pretoria became a fully fledged university in 1930. The name Tuks, for the University of Pretoria, derives from the acronym for the College, namely TUC. The institution has proven its worth over the years by maintaining a high standard and world class talents.

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Located in Giza, Egypt (famous for its majestic pyramids), the Cairo University was founded on the 21st of December, 1908 as a European-inspired civil university, in contrast to the religious university of al-Azhar, and became the prime indigenous model for other state universities. The idea came in an effort to establish a national center for educational thought. Cairo University includes a School of Law and a School of Medicine. The Medical School, also known as Kasr Alaini was one of the first medical schools in Africa and the Middle East. Its first building was donated by Alaini Pasha. The standards maintained by this university put it among the top 10 most respected universities in Africa. 


Kwazulu-Natal University

The two KwaZulu-Natal universities were among the first batch of South African institutions to merge in 2004 in accordance with the government’s higher educational restructuring plans that will eventually see the number of higher educational institutions in South Africa reduced from 36 to 21. The University was established in 2004 through the merger of the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal bringing together the rich histories of both the former Universities. The South Africa government rates KwaZulu-Natal as one of five research-intensive universities in South Africa. Nearly 75 per cent of its academics are research-active.


University of Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch University is one of the oldest universities in South Africa. Stellenbosch University (or Universiteit Stellenbosch) is one of South Africa’s foremost research universities. Established in 1866, Stellenbosch boasts the privilege of designing and manufacturing Africa’s first microsatellite, SUNSAT, launched in 1999.  A century-long tradition of quality teaching and research has ensured the University a place among the finest academic institutions in Africa.


University of the Witwatersrand

The University of Witwatersrand is one of the top ranking universities in Africa. The institution has a reputation built on research and academic excellence. It is one of only two universities in Africa rated by two separate international rankings as a leading world institution. It has grown from around 1,000 students to more than 28,000 by 2010. It boasts five faculties, comprising 34 schools. Witwatersrand is the recipient of the highest levels of external financial support of all South African universities. It is not only famous for its academic excellence but its National Heritage sites, rock arts museums, amongst others


University of Cape Town

Established 1st October 1829, optimism is the official creed of this university, which has the motto “Spes Bona” (“Good Hope”). The University of Cape Town has consistently ranked at the top of best universities in Africa. The University of Cape Town started off as a College with a small tertiary-education facility that grew substantially after 1880, when the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north – and the resulting demand for skills in mining – gave it the financial boost it needed to grow. The College developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900

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  • valentine

    dnt confuse the inflation which zimbabwe had with poverty.. come to zimbabwe n u wil really c the natural resources(wild parks, the good soil,) tourist places(vic falls, kariba), the diamonds… a lot of celebs really get surprised wen they visit the ‘once giant nation of Africa’.

  • Andy

    The publisher must be a South African. Why? Because he or she is baised about the GDP status of Nigeria vs. South Africa.

  • Artist With Brains

    I feel sorry for the people living in these areas. I wonder if these countries have a better government, then will they suffer less? That’s the question.

  • lulu

    I have been following these articles the writer is so wrong. How can u compare zimbabwe and Somalia. We all kno there is hunger in Somalia. Zimbabwe has rich soils and it’s people are eating at least three meals a day. The DRC is naturally blessed with a vast of natural resources from oil to minerals yet you say it is the poorest. Get your facts right Mr. Writter

  • somebd

    What about Somalia ?

  • Hunnah

    You can’t say, DRC is the poorest, how about Somalia??!!!!

  • stoto

    zimbabwe is not that poor. also the life expectancy is not that low

  • shallom veniqshia

    Waoh! Thanx ave learnt something abt my continent

  • Melkam Endalew

    Is Ethiopia erased from the map of Africa??

  • PlushZIm

    The ranking of Zimbabwe is biased and contains connotations tarnishing the image of our nation and her people. For example why is the mention of inflation that happened in 2008 has to do with the ranking in 2014. If this is an old article either update it or pull it off.

  • ravy

    the answer is yes. if the government was not so selfish then all this country wouldnt be here plus it wouldnt be any poor country in africa, because africa is the richest continent in the world but then again governement so selfish.

  • dingaan nteeo

    let us stop pointing fingers to each other and develope our beautiful continent

  • sadiiq

    People here re sayin somalia this somalia tht. Why cnt u jst accept tht ur country zimbabwe and DRC rE one of the poorest countries in the world.somalia isn’t poor its jst civil and governmential wars takin place

  • Mahaman

    Feel sad when Niger is ranked among the poorest. Whether the writer is right or wrong I believe that Niger is a poor country and this is due to many things like the influence the western countries have on us, the leaders are unpatriotic…