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 are highly subject to change, a few of the African universities have proven to be better than others in the same continent. Below is the list of top 50 universities in Africa.
Top 50 Universities in Africa 2015
50. Federal University of Technology, Minna
This is a Federal Government owned University in Nigeria that was established in 1982. The FUT Minna which is meant to enhance technological development in the region offers higher education programs such as pre-bachelor degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. The institution also offers several non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities and/or activities, as well as administrative services that will be beneficial for to all the students.
49. Université Mohamed Khider de Biskra
The university was established in 1998 and it is located in Biskra, Algeria. The University faculties include sciences, sciences of nature and life; human and social sciences; law and political science; economics, business and management sciences; science and technology; letters and languages.
48. Université Cheikh Anta Diop – Senegal
Cheikh Anta Diop University, also known as the University of Dakar, is a university in Dakar, Senegal. It is named after the Senegalese, Physicist, historian and anthropologist Cheikh Anta Diop.
47. Université Abou Bekr Belkaid Tlemcen – Algeria
Also known as the University of Tlemcen, it is a public higher education institution located in the large town of Tlemcen, Algeria. It was established in 1974.
46. Ain Shams University – Egypt
Ain Shams University is an institute of higher education located in Cairo, Egypt. Founded in 1950, the university provides education at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels.
45. Université Mohammed V – Souissi – Morocco
Mohammed V University at Souissi is a non-profit Moroccan public institution of higher education and scientific research. It was founded on December 21, 1957, by King Mohammed V after independence. From Inception, it has provided and continues to provide training of high-level executive and administrative teaching to the country. The university was split into two independent universities in 1992.
44. Sudan University of Science and Technology – Sudan
Sudan University of Science and Technology, or SUSTech, is one of the main public universities in Khartoum, Sudan with five campuses located in the state of Khartoum. SUSTech is a member of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World.
43. Central University of Technology
A dynamic institution that is taking the lead in technological and entrepreneurial orientation with its emphasis on experiential training, quality service, community involvement and research. The University was established in 1981 and it is located at Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.
42. Alexandria University – Egypt
Alexandria University is a public research university in Alexandria, Egypt. It was established in 1938 as a satellite of Fuad University (the name of which was later changed to Cairo University), becoming an independent entity in 1942. It was known as Farouk University until the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 when its name was changed to the University of Alexandria. Taha Hussein was the founding rector of Alexandria University. It is now the second largest university in Egypt and has many affiliations to various universities for ongoing research.
41. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
A public University located in Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana and founded in 1951. The University offers Bachelors and Masters Courses. Scholarships and Internships for all National and International students.
40. Universidade Católica de Angola
The Catholic University of Angola is a Catholic institution in Angola’s capital of Luanda. It was founded in 1997.
39. Université Kasdi Merbah de Ouargla
The University of Ouargla is a scientific, cultural and professional institution founded on March 22, 1988. The institution is located in the suburban setting of the large town of Ouargla, Algeria.
38. University of Botswana – Botswana
The University of Botswana or UB was established in 1982 as the first institution of higher education in Botswana. The university has four campuses: two in the capital city Gaborone, one in Francistown, and another in Maun.
37. Université de la Reunion – Reunion
The University of La Réunion is a French university in the Academy of Réunion. It is the first European university in the Indian Ocean
36. University of Dar es Salaam – Tanzania
The University of Dar es Salaam is a public university in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It was established in 1961 as an affiliate college of the University of London. The university became an affiliate of the University of East Africa (UEA) in 1963, shortly after Tanzania gained its independence from the United Kingdom
35. University of Ghana – Ghana
The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest of the thirteen Ghanaian universities and tertiary institutions. It was founded in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast, and was originally an affiliate college of the University of London, which supervised its academic programmes and awarded degrees. It gained full university status in 1961 and now has nearly 40,000 students.
34. Kenyatta University
A research institution located in Nairobi Kenya. Founded in 1985, the Kenyatta University has branches in Mombasa, Kitui, Nakuru, Embu, Ruiru, Nyeri, Kiambu, Kericho and Dadaab. It is, no doubt, one of the top universities in Kenya.
33. Namibia University of Science and Technology
The NUST is a tertiary institution founded that was founded in 1985 and is located in Windhoek, Namibia. The University also offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees.
32. Obafemi Awolowo University – Nigeria
Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) is a federal government-owned and operated Nigerian university. The school offers undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in fields of specialization spanning the humanities, the arts, the natural sciences, the social sciences, the medical sciences, engineering and technology.
31. Makerere University Kampala – Uganda
Makerere University Kampala is Uganda’s largest and third-oldest institution of higher learning, first established as a technical school in 1922, and is now part of Uganda Christian University. In 1963, it became the University of East Africa, offering courses leading to general degrees from the University of London.
30. The German University in Cairo – Egypt
The German University in Cairo is a university in New Cairo City, Cairo, Egypt. The language of instruction is English. Presidential decree 27/2002 established the university.
29. University of Namibia – Namibia
The University of Namibia (UNAM) is the national university of Namibia, located in the Pioneers Park residential area of Windhoek. It was established by an act of National Assembly on 31 August 1992. It is the only University in Namibia that offers a doctorate in the study of the Khoekhoe language.
28. Jimma University
Jimma University (JU) is a large Public University located in Oromia, Ethiopia. It was formed in 1983 and it offers courses leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.
27. Mansoura University – Egypt
Mansoura University was founded in 1972 in Mansoura city, Egypt. Mansoura University is located in the middle of the Nile Delta in Egypt. It is one of the biggest Egyptian universities and has contributed much to the cultural and scientific life in Mansoura and Egypt.
26. Durban University of Technology
DUT is an institution that was founded in 2002 by the merger of Technikon Natal and ML Sultan Technikon and was previously known as the Durban Institute of Technology. The institution was is located in the hear of the city of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Misurata University – Libya
Misrata University is a university based in the city of Misrata, Libya. It was formed in 2010 by the merger of Seventh of October University and Almergab University. The university’s main campus is located in downtown Misrata.
25. Tshwane University of Technology
Founded in 2003, Tshwane University of Technology public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of Pretoria, a city in Gauteng, South Africa.
24. University of Ilorin – Nigeria
The University of Ilorin, also known as Unilorin was established by a decree of the Federal Military Government in 1975 and is a federal government-owned tertiary institution of education. In August 2014, the school was ranked as the best university in Nigeria by 4icu.
23. University of Fort Hare
The Public institution founded in 1916 is located in Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The institution has five faculties (Education, Law, Management & Commerce, Science & Agriculture, Social Sciences & Humanities) all of which offer qualifications up to the doctoral level.
22. Addis Ababa University
The Addis Ababa University is a state institution located in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. The institution was formally known as the University College of Addis Ababa in 1950 and was later renamed Haile Selassie I University in 1962 after the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie.
21. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University – South Africa
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is a South African tertiary education institution with its main administration in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth. NMMU was founded through a merger of three institutions in January 2005, but its history dates back to 1882, with the foundation of the Port Elizabeth Art School. The University draws international students from all over the world.
20. University of Nigeria
Founded in 1960, the University of Nigeria also known as UNN, is a government university located in the small city Nsukka, Enugu State, eastern Nigeria.
19. University of Khartoum – Sudan
The University of Khartoum is a multi-campus, co-educational, public university located in Khartoum. It is the largest and oldest university in Sudan.
18. Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Located in Cape Town, South Africa, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology founded in 2005, is the largest University in the Western Cape Province. It is also the only university of Technology in the province. The institution has branches in Bellville, Mowbray, Wellington, Greenpoint.
17. Universidade Eduardo Mondlane – Mozambique
The Eduardo Mondlane University is the oldest and largest university in Mozambique. The institution was set up as a centre for higher education in 1962 in what was then Lourenço Marques, the capital of Portugal’s overseas province of Mozambique. Founded by the time of Overseas Minister Adriano Moreira, it was called Estudos Gerais Universitários de Moçambique (Mozambique General University Studies). After Mozambique became independent in 1975, the city was renamed “Maputo” and the university was renamed in honour of Frelimo leader Eduardo Mondlane in 1976
16. Universiteit van die Vrystaat- South Africa
Located in Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State, the Universiteit van die Vrystaat also known as the University of the Free State is a multi-campus public institution. Founded in 1904, the UFS offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study
15. University of Ibadan – Nigeria
The University of Ibadan (UI) is the oldest and one of the most prestigious Nigerian universities and is located five miles (8 kilometres) from the centre of the major city of Ibadan in Western Nigeria.
14. Cairo University
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 centre for educational thought. The standards maintained by this university put it among the top 50 most respected universities in Africa.
13. Rhodes University – South 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 50 universities in Africa
12. Ahmadu Bello University – Nigeria
Established in 1962, the Ahmadu Bello University is the first University of Northern Nigeria. The university which is located in Zaria, in northern Nigeria, is also regarded as the largest University in Nigeria, in sub-Saharan Africa and second largest in Africa coming behind Cairo University, Egypt. It offers most generally accepted academic programs such as such as pre-bachelor degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.
11. University of Lagos – Nigeria
The University of Lagos – popularly known as Unilag – is a federal government university in Lagos State, southwestern Nigeria. The University has remained one of the most competitive in the country in terms of admissions. Notwithstanding, with approximately 45,000 students as of 2010, the University of Lagos has one of the largest student populations of any University in the country.
10. The American University, Cairo – Egypt
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 50 Best Universities in Africa.
9. University of Nairobi – Kenya
The inception of the University of Nairobi is traced back to 1956, with the establishment of the Royal Technical College which admitted its first group of A-level graduates for technical courses in April the same year. It is the largest university in Kenya. Although its history as an educational institution goes back to 1956, it did not become an independent university until 1970 when the University of East Africa was split into three independent universities: Makerere University in Uganda, the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and the University of Nairobi.
8. University Of The Western Cape
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 Colored people only.
7. North-West University – South Africa
The North-West University is a merged institution with three campuses at Potchefstroom, Mahikeng and Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. The Potchefstroom Campus (founded in 1869) is the largest, and the head office of the University is situated at this location. With its merged status, the North-West University became one of the largest universities in South Africa and has 64 081 students (full-time and distance education).
6. Stellenbosch University – South Africa
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.
5. University of Johannesburg – South Africa
The University of Johannesburg came into existence on 1 January 2005 as the result of a merger between the Rand Afrikaans University, the Technikon Witwatersrand and the Soweto and East Rand campuses of Vista University.
4. University Of Kwazulu-Natal – South Africa
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 percent of its academics are research-active.
3. The University Of Witwatersrand – South Africa
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, among others.
2. University Of Cape Town – South Africa
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
1. University Of Pretoria – South Africa
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.