In the Northern parts of Africa, Egypt is considered as the hub of education, technology and civilization. There are more than 55 Universities in Egypt: 25 government-funded universities and 30 private universities. With these huge numbers, choosing the best universities in Egypt could be a challenging decision.

It is noteworthy that university ranking is one thing that is volatile and the positions are always changing. There are quite a number of top Egyptian universities that has attracted students from all over the world because of the high standards of education and learning. According to Webometrics latest ranking of best universities in Egypt, some have moved up the ladder and are among the most respected universities in Africa while some others are still struggling to be recognized among learning superpowers. Answers Africa brings you the best 10 Egyptian Universities which include both state and privately funded institutions.

Best 10 Universities in Egypt

10. German University in Cairo

German University in Cairo

The German University in Cairo, also known as GUC is a privately owned university in Egypt that was established in cooperation with the State Universities of Ulm and Stuttgart. The higher institution came into existence from the presidential decree 27/2002. GUC is an independent and secular university that is situated in New Cairo, Egypt. The university substantially contributes to the intellectual and cultural life development of Egypt and provides German liberal education to the students from all socio-economic backgrounds in Egypt and other nations around the world. The institution offers German style learning programs that start from the undergraduate level to graduate and professional stages of learning. It is among the list of top universities in Egypt.

9. Kafrelsheikh University

Kafrelsheikh University

The Kafrelsheikh University located at Kafr ash Shaykh, in the middle of the Nile Delta is the 9th best university in Egypt and ranks 3589th in the World University Ranking. The university was an offshoot of Tanta University and offers a variety of courses in Arts, Engineering, Veterinary Medicine, science, commerce, Education, Agriculture, Specific Education,  physical education, and so on. The institution aims towards building a competitive advantage in the areas of education, research and community services as well as environment that is conducive to development.

8. Alexandria University

Alexandria University

Alexandria University was established in 1938 as a satellite institution of a university that is the present day Cairo University. In 1942, Alexandria University became a full fledged and independent university and it took up its name after the revolution of 1952. Some of the reputations the institution has had in the past include the fact that it was ranked 147th in Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings of 2010-2011. It also ranked 301+ worldwide based on Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings of 2011-2012 and 601+ worldwide based on QS World University Rankings of 2011/2012. It is no doubt that it is one of the top 10 Universities in Egypt.

7. Zagazig University

Zagazig University is one of the top universities in Egypt that was established to contribute to Egyptian civilization and learning, and has lived up to that standard till date. It is recognized by Answers Africa as one of the top universities in Egypt in terms of learning and academic excellence.

6. Benha University

Benha University

Benha University was established in accordance with a decree passed on 25 November 1976 as a branch from Zagazig University and is located in the Egyptian city of Banha, the capital of Al Qalyubiyah. It aims to become a leading example for the Egypt’s universities in education, scientific research, social and university life, reaching to international competition in some fields and stimulating environment for education and scientific research. It also aims at providing distinguished educational service by equal opportunities for students. To a great extent , the institution of higher learning has achieved most of these reputable feats.

5. Ain Shams University

Ain Shams University

Ain Shams University was founded in 1950 and presently includes 15 faculties, 2 high institutes and seven campuses; all of which are sited in Great Cairo. There is no doubt that Ain Shams University has played an undeniable role in developing the cultural and scientific life in Egypt and enriching human knowledge in general. It continues to seek to achieve excellence in the field of higher education and scientific research at the local, regional and global levels within the confines of independence, freedom, democracy, equality.

4. Assiut University

University of Assiut

Assiut University was established in 1957 and is located in Assiut Egypt. The institution has produced people who have made both international and national achievements. It ranks number 4 on the list of top universities in Egypt 2013.

3. Mansoura University

mansoura university

Established in 1972 in Mansoura city, the university has grown to become one of Egypt’s best, having significantly contributed to the country’s cultural and scientific life. Major courses are offered by the university and include: Medicine, Applied Science, Humanities, among others.

2. American University in Cairo


The American University in Cairo (AUC) is an independent, nonprofit, apolitical, non-sectarian and equal-opportunity institution that was established in 1919 by Americans who came into the middle East and were devoted to education and community service. The student body represents over 100 countries and is the region’s premier English-language university — an essential contributor to the social, political and cultural life of the Arab world. There are about 5,000 undergraduates who come from every corner of Egypt and from 113 countries around the world. The diverse nature of the university is one of the most supporting structures that the institution enjoys. This makes it one of the most respected universities in Egypt as faculty members, adjunct teaching staff and visiting lecturers are internationally diverse and include academics, business professionals, diplomats, journalists, writers and others from the United States, Egypt and other countries.

1. Cairo University


Established in 1908 and located in Giza, Egypt, Cairo University was founded as a European-inspired civil institution of higher learning in contrast to the religious university of al-Azhar, and became the prime indigenous model for other state universities. Cairo University has been a parent institution for so many Egyptian universities and today is still the best ranking university in Egypt. The standards maintained by this university has put it among the top 10 most respected universities in Africa. Cairo University includes a School of Law and a School of Medicine. The Medical School, also known as Kasr Alaini is one of the first medical schools in Africa and the Middle East.

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