Best Higher Education Institutions in Africa

Each year Times higher on magazine lists the top 1000 universities in the world after a rigorous vetting. The listing is based on Research, teaching, international outlook and knowledge transfer.

Higher education in Africa has continued to improve over years despite the challenges faced by the institutions.

“The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 list the top 1,000 universities in the world, making it our biggest international league table to date. It is the only global university performance table to judge research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. We use 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry, and governments. The calculation of the rankings for 2018 has been subject to independent audit by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), making these the only global university rankings to be subjected to full, independent scrutiny of this nature. This year, we have made a slight improvement to how we handle our papers per academic staff calculation and expanded the number of broad subject areas that we use.”

Globally, Oxford University continues to rank as the best university in the world followed by Cambridge University.

In the recent ranking, South African universities dominated the fete with 4 out the top 5 African Universities being based in the country.

In the year 2018, University of Cape Town has ranked number 171 in the world and the top university in Africa. Below is a full list of the top Universities in Africa from the Times Higher Education Ranking.


Top 10 Universities in Africa 2018 (Ranking 1- 10)

#1 University of Cape Town

African Ranking in 2018: 1

Country: South Africa

City: Cape Town

#2 University of the Witwatersrand

African Ranking in 2018: 2

Country: South Africa

City: Johannesburg

#3 Stellenbosch University

African Ranking in 2018: 3

Country: South Africa

City: Stellenbosch

#4 University of KwaZulu-Natal

African Ranking in 2018: 4

Country: South Africa

City: Durban

#5 Makerere University

African Ranking in 2018: 4

Country: Uganda

City: Kampala


#6 American University in Cairo

African Ranking in 2018: 6

Country: Egypt

City: Cairo

#7 Beni-Suef University

African Ranking in 2018: 6

Country: Egypt

City: Beni Suef

#8 University of Johannesburg

African Ranking in 2018: 6

Country: South Africa

City: Johannesburg

#9 University of Pretoria

African Ranking in 2018: 6

Country: South Africa

City: Pretoria

#10 University of the Western Cape

African Ranking in 2018: 6

Country: South Africa

City: Cape Town


Top 20 Universities in Africa 2018 (Ranking 11- 20)

#11 Ain Shams University

African Ranking in 2018: 11

Country: Egypt

City: Cairo

#12 Alexandria University

African Ranking in 2018: 11

Country: Egypt

City: Alexandria

#13 Assiut University

African Ranking in 2018: 11

Country: Egypt

City: Asyut

#14 Cairo University

African Ranking in 2018: 11

Country: Egypt

City: Cairo

#15 University of Ghana

African Ranking in 2018: 11

Country: Ghana

City: Accra


#16 University of Ibadan

African Ranking in 2018: 11

Country: Nigeria

City: Ibadan

#17 Mansoura University

African Ranking in 2018: 11

Country: Egypt

City: Dakahlia

#18 University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad

African Ranking in 2018: 11

Country: Morocco

City: Marrakech

#19 Mohammed V University of Rabat

African Ranking in 2018: 11

Country: Morocco

City: Rabat

#20 University of Nairobi

African Ranking in 2018: 11

Country: Kenya

City: Nairobi


Other African Universities on the top 1000 list ( Ranking 21 -25)

 #21 University of South Africa

African Ranking in 2018: 11

Country: South Africa

City: Pretoria

#22 South Valley University

African Ranking in 2018: 11

Country: Egypt

City: Qena

#23 Suez Canal University

African Ranking in 2018: 11

Country: Egypt

City: Ismailia

#24 University of Tlemcen

African Ranking in 2018: 11

Country: Algeria

City: Tlemcen

#25 University of Monastir

African Ranking in 2018: 25

Country: Tunisia

City: Monastir

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