The year is almost half gone and I know we all would like to find the top ten universities in Africa 2019 and how they have fared. The ranking rates universities performance using 13 different indicators measuring teaching, research impact, research, innovation and international outlook as these are part of the ways to know the best university in Africa 2019.

Which university is best in Africa?

Unsurprisingly, South African universities were the majority as they constitute 53% of the top universities in Africa.

Top 10 African Universities 2019

1. Makerere University

Mekerere University Kampala (MUK) is the largest university and oldest higher education institution in Uganda with a student body of around 38,000 and comprising 10 constituent colleges. It was established as a technical school in 1922 and has become one of the most prestigious universities in Africa. It is a research-led institution and boasts partnerships with government, industry and other universities.

2. University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

Yet another topnotch university from the southern part of Africa. With five campuses in the Kwa-Zulu region southeast of the country, she is another young institution. It was formed from a merger between the University of Natal and the University of Durban-Westville in 2004. The University promotes access to learning that will increase educational and employment opportunities for the historically disadvantaged. Remarkable alumni of the university include a number of public servants, poets, innovators and activists.

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3. University of Cape Town

Sitting on the slopes of the Table Mountain, University of Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest university. The main campus contains many teaching faculties, the main library and some halls of residence, and the middle and lower campuses are home to most of the student residences, sports facilities and some academic departments. The university is Africa’s leading university as about Around 18 per cent of the student body are international.

4. Stellenbosch University

In addition to an extensive library system, the university has a conservatory with two concert halls, home of the Stellenbosch University Choir – the oldest South African choir. Stellenbosch University is located in the town of Stellenbosch not far from cape Town, she is yet another intellectual power from the South of Africa and they possess about 150 academic departments within 10 faculties, and many other research centres.

5. University of Johannesburg

Formed in 2006 as a result of the merger between Rand Afrikaans University, Technikon Witwatersrand and the Soweto and East Rand campuses of Vista University. University of Johannesburg with a student population of over 50 000, of which more than 3000 are international students from 80 countries is now ranked 7th amongst Africa’s universities, 5th in South Africa, and ranked within the top 2.3% of universities in the world as published in the QS World University Rankings 2017/2018.

6. University of the Witwatersrand

This is a public research university based in Johannesburg. It was previously a school of mining because it is situated in a region that has gold in abundance. They are popularly known as ‘Wits’ and is ranked the 381st university globally and with less than a percent of her students being categorised as international out of circa 40, 000 students. Wits University is the home to 28 prestigious South African Research Initiative (SARChI) Chairs and six DST-NRF Centres of Excellence.

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7. University of Pretoria

The University of Pretoria is a multi-faculty research-intensive university with campuses in Pretoria, its surrounds, and in the country’s economic hub, Johannesburg. With over 50, 000 students and more research output than any other higher education institution in South Africa, this is one of the nation’s top universities.

8. The American University Cairo

AUC offers 37 bachelor’s degrees, 44 master’s degrees, and 2 doctoral degrees in applied sciences and engineering in addition to a wide range of graduate diplomas in five schools. As one of the highest ranked universities in the Arab region, the American University Cairo possesses Egypt’s largest English language library collection.

9. Ain Shams University

With about 180, 000 students in 15 faculties, ASM is one of Egypt’s largest universities founded in 1950. The university provides education at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels and its academic structure includes 14 faculties, 1 college and 2 high institutes plus 12 centers and special units.

10. Al Akhawayn University Ifrane

The money intended to clean an oil spill was used to establish the university as wind, fortunately, blew the spill away. Al Akhawayn University which has about 2,173 full-time students living and studying together on a residential campus in the Middle Atlas town of Ifrane was founded by Royal Decree (Dahir) in 1993 and officially inaugurated by the former King Hassan II of Morocco on January 16, 1995.

That’s all for the University ranking in Africa 2019. If you’re an alumni or presently schooling in any of the listed universities – you must be proud….I definitely would be.

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