Top 11 best Universities in Africa

The highest ranking institutions of higher learning in Africa mostly comes from South Africa. These 11 universities in Africa are featured in 2021 QS World University Ranking.

1. University of Cape Town

This university is the top most prestigious university in Africa, it is also the oldest in South Africa. In the QS 2021 World Rankings, this university is ranked at  number 220. The campus is found in the slopes of Table Mountan’s Devil’s peak. It is ranked at number 173 in the academic reputation worldwide.

2. University of Witwatersrand

University of Witwatersrand

This university has five campuses in urban and sub-urban of Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city. This university has around 39,950 students. 97 percent of graduates find employments within six months of completing their studies according the institution’s official website.

3. The American University in Cairo

The American University in Cairo

This university is ranked in number 411 globally.  The university teaches in English and possesses Egypt’s biggest English language library collection.

4. University of Johannesburg

South Africa’s University of Johannesburg

This university is ranked globally to number 439.

5. Stellenbosch University

Photo official Stellenbosch University

This university was founded in 1918, located in the town of Stellenbosch, 50 km east of Cape Town. This university is ranked at number 456 globally.

6. Cairo University

Photo official Cairo University

This university ranked 561 globally. Despite the name Cairo, the main campus is actually in Giza, 20 km from Cairo.

7. University of Pretoria

Photo official University of Pretoria

Ranked 561 globally, is a South Africa’s University of Pretoria. This university has over 52,000 students at seven campuses. It was established in 1908.

8. Ain Shams University

Photo official Ain Shams University

This is the last African university to be ranked at top 1000 at position 801. Based in Cairo, this university is so large that host an approximately 180,000 students in 15 faculties. It was established in 1950.

9. Alexandria University

Photo official Alexandria University

This university was founded in 1938 as a branch campus of Cairo University, but became independent institution in 1942, and named Alexandria University in 1952.

10. Rhodes University

Photo from Rhodes University

Rhodes University is located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa was founded in 1904. This university is relatively small and highly residential with around 8,100 students currently enrolled.

11. University of Kwazulu-Natal

Photo from University of Kwazulu-Natal

This university was founded as recently as 2004 by a merger of previous institutions. It has five campuses around the Kwazulu-Natal province.