Top 9 universities in Africa


This articles looks at the top 9 universities in Africa According to QS World University Rankings released recently. Institutions are assessed across six categories (or indicators) to effectively capture university performance – including academic and employer reputation, faculty/student ratio and research citations – to help you make the best decision for your future.

University of Cape Town(South Africa)


The University of Cape Town is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College making it the oldest higher education institute in South Africa. UCT is an inclusive and engaged research-intensive African university that inspires creativity through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship; enhancing the lives of its students and staff, advancing a more equitable and sustainable social order and influencing the global higher education landscape.

 University of the Witwatersrand(South Africa)


Based in Johannesburg in South Africa, the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) offers over 3,600 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in English within:

Wits’ commitment to social justice has meant it’s played a key role during historical moments in South Africa, with many Witwatersrand alumni becoming icons, both historically and today.

University of Johannesburg(South Africa)


The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is an Afropolitan international university with an identity of inclusion, a university that is transforming lives and diversifying professions. A proudly South African university, rooted in the vibrant and multicultural city of Johannesburg, reflecting the city’s energy and embracing its diversity with equal passion.

At the University of Johannesburg  “The Future. Reimagined” is not simply a catchy phrase. The institution is taking the lead in Africa in 4th Industrial Revolution thinking, reimagining the future in all disciplines.

American University in Cairo(Egypt)


Founded in 1919, The American University in Cairo (AUC) has become an essential contributor to the intellectual, cultural and social life of Egypt. AUC has nearly 35,000 active alumni. Currently, some 6,500 students are enrolled in 36 undergraduate, 44 master’ s, and two doctoral programs. More than 16,000 students enroll each year in non-credit courses offered through AUC’s School of Continuing Education. AUC maintains two campuses: its environmentally-conscious main campus in the suburbs of Cairo and its historical campus in downtown Cairo.

Stellenbosch University(South Africa)


With roots going back to 1866, Stellenbosch University is one of the oldest universities in South Africa. A century-long tradition of quality teaching and research has ensured the University a place among the finest academic institutions in Africa. The University offers Semester in Stellenbosch programmes (Exchange; Study Abroad), a Summer School, Postgraduate and PhD programmes in English.Stellenbosch University is a fully accredited classic university with 10 faculties: Arts, Economic and Management Sciences, Education, Science, Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, Health Sciences, Military Science, Law, Theology, Engineering. It has a student body of over 22 000 of which more than one third is postgraduate students.

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Cairo University(Egypt)


Cairo University has successfully been undertaking its mission of delivering education, research and cultural duties over the years. It is considered as the mother university among other younger universities in Egypt. Cairo University is also offering its education and research facilities to Arab and foreign students and scientists and has become well known world wide. Cairo University is a comprehensive institution of higher learning located in Giza, Egypt. CU is committed to preparing students for the challenges of rapidly changing workplace. Through interactive learning and information technologies, our graduates enter the work force with the skills needed to succeed in today’s global marketplaces.

University of Pretoria(South Africa)


The University of Pretoria (UP) is situated in the heart of South Africa’s capital city. It is one of the largest universities in South Africa and enjoys an impressive research and community engagement output. UP is a diverse and dynamic leading research intensive university in South Africa which is responsive to the needs of society by finding real solutions to real challenges.  We offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate study options. Visit www.up.ac.za for further information or www.researchmatters.up.ac.za to find out more about some of our research fields.

 University of Sousse(Tunisia)


The University of Sousse was created in 2004 from a division of the University of the Center, which had been created in 1991 from the University of Monastir. The University of the Center had grown rapidly from 45,000 students in 2001-2002 to nearly 60,000 in 2003-2004 in 30 institutions. In 2004 new universities were created in Monastir, Kairouan and Gafsa.

The University of Sousse has 17 higher education institutions (four faculties, four schools and nine institutes) including law and medicine.

Ain Shams University (Egypt)


Ain Shams University was founded in 1950 and is located in Egypt. The university offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs and has seven campus locations. Four are located in Alabassya, two in Heliopolis and one in Shubra Elkheima.

Ain Shams University is focused on blending theoretical and practical skills and on strenghening cooperation between scientific research centers regionally and internationally.

Rhodes University(South Africa)


Located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Rhodes is a small university which 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. This is testimony to the quality of students that Rhodes attracts and of academic provision, and to the commitment of Rhodes staff to student development and success. our more than 7 000 students, 26% are postgraduates and 20% are international students from 40 countries around the world, making Rhodes a dynamic and cosmopolitan knowledge institution

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