Not even one Nigerian university made the list of the top 7 universities in Africa and while this will not come as a surprise to many people, it is quite sad.
This new listing released by way of QS has little or no surprises with the University of Cape town, at the pinnacle and at rank 191 in the world ranking of universities.
Stellenbosch University is the second best university in Africa and ranks at number 361 in the world, while the American University in Cairo is at number 4 in Africa.
The ranking by QS is based on factors such as academic reputation, citations per faculty, employer reputation and other factors. Below is the list of the 7 top universities in Africa:
1. University of Cape Town
The University of Cape Town is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.
2. Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch University is a public research university situated in Stellenbosch, a town in South Africa.
Stellenbosch is jointly the oldest university in South Africa and the oldest extant university in Sub-Saharan Africa alongside the University of Cape Town which received full university status on the same day in 1918.
3. University of the Witwatersrand
The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, is a multi-campus SouthAfrican public research university situated in the northern areas of central Johannesburg. It is more commonly known as Wits University.
4. The American University in Cairo
The American University in Cairo is an independent, English language, research university located in Cairo, Egypt.
5. Cairo University
Cairo University is Egypt’s premier public university. Its main campus is in Giza, immediately across the Nile from Cairo.
6. University of Pretoria
The University of Pretoria is a multi-campus public research university in Pretoria, the administrative and de facto capital of South Africa.
7. University of Johannesburg
The University of Johannesburg, known colloquially as UJ is a public university located in 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 (RAU), the Technikon Witwatersrand (TWR) and the Soweto and East Rand campuses of Vista University.
The University of Chicago improved to the ninth position while Princeton University did not make the new top 10 list.