10 Best Universities in Africa


1. University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town is one of the oldest universities in South Africa. Its motto, in English, simply reads: “Good Hope”.

It was ranked the top university in Africa and has an overall score of 109, according to US News.com’s Best Colleges Ranking. It is obviously the first university in South Africa.

The University of Cape Town comprises 57 departments and 6 faculties, 1208 academic staff and 3179 non-academic staff.

It has six campuses, some of which are urban, others suburban. It also offers degrees including masters, doctorate, and others.

Here you can study a number of courses including medicine and surgery, engineering, etc.

The university is friendly even to foreigners.

2. University of the Witwatersrand

The University of the Witwatersrand, commonly referred to as the University of the Wits, is located in Johannesburg, South Africa, and consists of numerous campuses. It is a research university and awards undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

This university is ranked 212th best university on the list of best universities in the world. And it is the second best university in Africa and South Africa.

The University of the Witwatersrand offers up to 3,600 courses. Postgraduate and undergraduate courses included.

True to its name, since its founding in 1896, Wits University has produced great personalities who have influenced their world in exceptional ways. The great leader, Nelson Mandela, for example, is an alumnus of the University of the Witwatersrand.

If you are looking for a university to study at, the University of the Witwatersrand is a great choice. It welcomes local and international students.

3. University of Stellenbosch

Located in Stellenbosch, in the heart of the Western Cape, South Africa, is the University of Stellenbosch. It is a public research university and the oldest university in Africa that has remained famous for its academic excellence.

Having four campuses, its motto reads: “A good education strengthens the spirit”. It is ranked the 317th best university in the world and the third best in Africa.

Stellenbosch University offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a wide range of studies, including law, medicine, surgery, etc. It houses up to 150 departments, shared between 10 faculties.

It is open to all, regardless of race. There are hostels for students who prefer to live on campus. You should check it out if you are planning to study in Africa.

4. University of KwaZulu-Natal

This South African university is ranked 371 in the world and 4th in Africa. It is located in a province called KwaZulu-Natal and has been in existence since 2004 after its merger with another university, the University of Durban-Westville.

It is a public university and has five campuses, one of which is the former University of Durban-Westville.

The motto of the University of KwaZulu-Natal is: “Inspiring Greatness”. Its colors are red and black.

At the University of KwaZulu-Natal, there are four colleges. These colleges are home to many schools. There, for example, is the College of Health Sciences, which houses the School of Clinical Medicine, etc.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal offers postgraduate and undergraduate degrees and is friendly to international students.

The environment around this university is kept clean and serene, and the students participate in many activities, including cinema, art, writing, etc.

This university was formerly known as Egyptian University and later as King Fuad I University. It is located in the heart of the beautiful Egyptian capital, Cairo, and is one of the best public universities in Egypt. Egypt, ranked 392 in the world and 5th in Africa.

Cairo University was established around 1908. It houses 20 faculties and 3 institutions. It is among the top 50 higher education centers in the world.

Its medical school is among the first medical schools to exist in a higher education hub in Africa, and its law school stands out as being among the best on the continent.

6. University of Johannesburg

The University of Johannesburg is ranked 417th in the world and 6th in Africa. It is famous for being one of South Africa’s research hubs. This top university in South Africa is well known for its research capabilities and can support student careers in business and economics, engineering, health sciences and other fields .

The university offers world-class academic programs at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It has over 50,000 students and offers multiple learning options for different programs. The application processes are clearly explained on the university’s website and should be followed carefully to submit applications.

Note that the university has existed since 2005 following the merger between Rand Afrikaans University, the Technikon Witwatersrand and the Soweto and East Rand campuses of Vista University. Since its inception, it has provided students with essential technical skills.

According to the latest ranking, the University of Ibadan (usually referred to by locals as U.I), is the 425th best university in the world and the 7th in Africa. The school is a tertiary education center located in Oyo State, Nigeria. It became a full university in 1963.

The University of Ibadan awards postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in a wide range of fields of study including arts, medicine, etc. the universities.

Its motto is: “Recte Sapere Fons”, which reads: “Thinking straight is the source of knowledge”. The University of Ibadan was the first institution to award a university degree in Nigeria and has contributed immensely to its economic, political and social growth. Some of its most notable alumni are Chinua Achebe, the great novelist, and Wole Soyinka, the playwright.

8. University of Pretoria

The University of Pretoria is a leading public university for research and learning, established in 1908. The university is home to a business school, nine different faculties and offers over 1800 academic programs.

According to the recent US News.com Best Colleges Ranking report, the University of Pretoria is the 434th best university in the world and the eight best in Africa. The university has won numerous international and local research awards and achievements.

The university focuses on delivering successful innovations that can contribute to the economy of South Africa and other neighboring countries. Students can choose from many majors, minors, specializations, and graduate programs. Many courses are also available in English and Afrikaans.

Ranked 477th in the world and 9th best in Africa, Mansoura University is located in the middle of the Nile Delta in Egypt. The university was established in 1972 as East Delta University, and in 1973 its name was changed to Mansoura University.

Mansoura University is one of the greatest institutions and has contributed so much to the cultural and scientific life of Egypt. The university covers many major disciplines and has excellent medical facilities. Its Urology and Nephrology Center is one of the largest in Africa.

The university is among the top research institutes in Africa committed to creating a more optimistic world. You can choose from many subjects and a range of study programs including diplomas, bachelors, masters and doctorates. This Egyptian university is undoubtedly very competitive and aspiring students must meet a certain level of grades and application.

10. North West University – South Africa

According to the report cited earlier in this article, Northwest University ranks 510th among the best universities in the world. It is also ranked the 10th best university in Africa. It is the 6th South African university on this list.

Publicly available information shows that the university came into being in 2004, as a result of the merger of Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education and the University of Bophuthatswana.

The university is also known for its teaching methodology and focus on academic excellence. The university is known for its excellence in economics and management, business and governance, industrial psychology, and tourism.

*Views expressed in this article are those of a Business Insider Africa contributor. It does not represent the views of the Business Insider Africa organization.

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