100 Best Universities in Africa: World University Web Ranking

The international online Universities and Colleges ranking directory (www.4icu.org) recently published its current top 100 Universities and Best Colleges in Africa. According to the list, the top 10 best colleges in Africa primarily consists of universities in South Africa and Egypt.

The Times Higher Education World University of Thomson reuters which is known for measuring performance of universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook also came up with their own list, This year’s top ranking universities employed carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

According to the WORLD UNIVERSITY WEB RANKING, the 10 best colleges in Africa is as follows:

Africa’s Best Colleges


Established 1st October 1829
Type: Public
Vice-Chancellor: Dr Max Price
Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Website: http://www.uct.ac.za/

The University of Cape Town, UCT, has consistently been ranked at the top of Ivy League higher institutions in Africa.


Established 1866
Type: Public
Vice-Chancellor: Russel Botman
Location: Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
Website: http://www.sun.ac.za/

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


Established 1908
Type: Public
President: Dr. Hossam Mohamed Kamel Mahmoud
Location: Giza, Giza, Egypt
Website: http://www.cu.edu.eg

This prestigious university was founded with the goal of making it the “prime indigenous model for other state universities in the region”. The university is located in Giza, Egypt (famous for its majestic pyramids) and is widely regarded as one of the most influential universities in the Middle East.


Established 4 March 1908
Type: Public
Vice-Chancellor: Cheryl de la Rey
Location: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Website: http://web.up.ac.za/

The University of Pretoria, UP, is another leading research university in South Africa and indeed the whole of Africa. UP has maintained its status the higher institution with highest research output in South Africa, since 1997; it also has one of the best Business Schools in Africa.


Established 1896
Type: Public
Vice-Chancellor: Loyiso Nongxa
Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Website: http://www.wits.ac.za/

The University of Witwatersrand (or Wits University) has a reputation for excellence. The third oldest South African public university, Wits is located in Johannesburg. It is not only famous for its academic excellence but its National Heritage sites, rock arts museums, amongst others.


Established 1 January 2004 as merger of UN (est. 1910) and UDW (est. 1960s)
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Malegapuru William Makgoba
Location: Durban, Westville, Pinetown and Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa
Website: http://www.ukzn.ac.za/

The University of KwaZulu-Natal or UKZN is a South African university with five campuses spread out between two major cities, four in Durban and one in Pietermaritzburg, all within the province of KwaZulu-Natal. It was formed on 1 January 2004, as part of the South African “government’s reform aimed at reconfiguring and restructuring higher education”.


Established 1873
Type: Public open distance learning university
Vice-Chancellor & Principal Prof MS Makhanya
Location: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Website: http://www.unisa.ac.za

The University of South Africa, UNISA is the largest university in Africa and one of the world’s mega universities. Established in January 2004, the former Unisa merged with Technikon Southern Africa and Vista University (Vudec) to form the new Unisa. This merger brought together vast resources technical and physical, and infrastructure, while consolidating the knowledge bases built up over the years by the three independent institutions.


Established 1959
Type: Public
Vice-Chancellor: Brian O’Connell
Location: Modderdam Road, Bellville, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Website: http://www.uwc.ac.za/

The University of the Western Cape, UWC, is an urban university located in Belleville, Western Cape, South Africa. It was originally set up for ‘coloureds’; the University has a proud history of creative struggle and triumph of the dark period apartheid.


Established May 31, 1904
Type: Public
Vice-Chancellor: Saleem Badat
Location: Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Website: http://www.ru.ac.za/

A legacy of the influential British-South African and imperialist, Cecil Rhodes, Rhodes University is a public research university located in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It was established in 1904.


Established 1919
Type: Private
President: Lisa Anderson
Provost: Medhat Haroun
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Website: http://www.aucegypt.edu

The American University of Cairo, AUC, is the brainchild of Americans devoted to education and service in the Middle East. Founded in 1919, the university was shaped by its founding president with the vision of merging cultures and creating an environment where English language can be used as a medium of instruction “based on high standards of conduct and scholarship and to contribute to the intellectual growth, discipline, and character of the future leaders of Egypt and the region.”

More Ranking of Universities

11. Makerere University, Uganda

12. Rhodes University, South Africa

13.University of Johannesburg, South Africa

14. University of Nairobi, Kenya

15. University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

16. Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa

17. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan

18. University of Botswana, Botswana

19. University of Ghana, Ghana

20. Helwan University, Egypt

21. Ain Shams University, Egypt

22. Université Cadi Ayyad, Morocco

23. University of Khartoum, Sudan

24. Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

25. Al Akhawayn University, Morocco

26. Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

27. Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique

28. Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal

29. Mogadishu University, Somalia

30. University of Namibia, Namibia

31. University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

32. University of Ibadan, Nigeria

33. Polytechnic of Namibia, Namibia

34. University of Ilorin, Nigeria

35. Zagazig University, Egypt

36. Assiut University, Egypt

37. North-West University, South Africa

38. Université Mentouri de Constantine, Algeria

39. Presbyterian University College, Ghana

40. University of Benin, Nigeria

41. Universiteit van die Vrystaat, South Africa

42. Kenyatta University, Kenya

43. Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediène, Algeria

44. Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

45. Université de la Reunion, Reunion

46. Sudan University for Science and Technology, Sudan

47. Strathmore University, Kenya

48. The Hubert Kairuki Memorial University, Tanzania

49. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

50. United States International University, Kenya

51. Université Abdelmalek Essadi, Morocco

52. Tanta University, Egypt

53. The German University, Cairo, Egypt

54. Université de Batna, Algeria

55. Université d’Alger, Algeria

56. South Valley University, Egypt

57. Menoufia University, Egypt

58. Al Azhar University, Egypt

59. Université Abou Bekr Belkaid Tlemcen, Algeria

60. University of Mauritius, Mauritius

61. Central University of Technology, South Africa

62. Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria

63. Université Hassan II – Aïn Chock Morocco

64. Université Hassan II – Mohammedia Morocco

65. Université Mohammed V – Souissi Morocco

66. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya

67. Durban University of Technology, South Africa

68. Université Ibn Tofail, Morocco

69. University of Zambia, Zambia

70. University of Jos, Nigeria

71. Université Abdelhamid Ibn Badis Mostaganem, Algeria

72. Université M’hamed Bouguerrade Boumerdes, Algeria

73. Nile University, Egypt

74. University of Education, Winneba Ghana

75. International University of Africa, Sudan

76. University of Fort Hare, South Africa

77. Université Mohammed V – Agdal Morocco

78. University of Limpopo, South Africa

79. Uganda Christian University, Uganda

80. Vaal University of Technology, South Africa

81. Université Hassan Ier, Morocco

82. Université Saad Dahlab Blida, Algeria

83. Walter Sisulu University, South Africa

84. Moi University, Kenya

85. Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah Fés, Morocco

86. MISR University for Science and Technology, Egypt

87. Université d’Antananarivo, Madagascar

88. October 6 University, Egypt

89. École Nationale Polytechnique, Algeria

90. Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Mohamed Boudiaf d’Oran, Algeria

91. Egerton University, Kenya

92. Université Mouloud Maameri de Tizi Ouzou, Algeria

93. Université Djillali Liabes, Algeria

94. University of Cape Coast, Ghana

95. Université d’Oran, Algeria

96. University of Garyounis, Libya

97. National University of Rwanda, Rwanda

98. Université de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

99. University of Zulu land, South Africa

100. Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Rwanda

[Image source: Wikpedia Commons] [Via: Times Higher Education]
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