Top 20 Universities in Africa 2022

Africa is home to some of the top universities in the world. They are distributed across the continent and are known for their academic excellence. Are you thinking about studying in Africa? These are the top 20 best African institutions, according to a recent best universities ranking.

1. University of Cape Town, South Africa

University of Cape Town is the oldest university and best university in south africa. Its slogan in English is simply ‘Good Hope.’

It is Africa’s number one institution, according to’s top schools ranking, with a global score of 109. It is without a doubt the top university in South Africa.

The University of Cape Town employs 1208 academics and 3,179 non-academics in 57 departments and six faculties.

University of Cape Town
University of Cape Town

There are six campuses, some of which are located in the city and others in the suburbs. It also offers a wide range of advanced degrees, including as master’s, Ph.D., and other advanced degrees.

Medicine and surgery, engineering, and other courses are all available to study here. The university welcomes international students as well.

University of Cape Town official website

2. University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

The university of Witwatersrand, commonly referred to as Wits, is a multi-campus university in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is a research university with undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

University of Witwatersrand is ranked 212nd on the list of the best universities in the world. It is also the second-best university in Africa and South Africa. The University of Witwatersrand offers up to 3,600 courses. Both postgraduates and undergraduates can take courses.

university of Witwatersrand
university of Witwatersrand

The University of Wits has produced extraordinary individuals who have had a profound impact on their world since its founding in 1896. Nelson Mandela, for instance, is a proud University of Witwatersrand alumni.

Wits University official Website

3. Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Stellenbosch University is located in the heart of the Western Cape, in Stellenbosch, South Africa. It is Africa’s oldest public research institution, as well as the continent’s oldest university, and has a strong academic reputation.

It has four campuses and its slogan is “Good education improves the spirit.” It is ranked as the 317th best university in the world and the third-best in Africa.

Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch University

The University of Stellenbosch offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a wide range of disciplines, including law, medicine, and surgery, to name a few. It is divided into ten faculties and includes up to 150 departments. Everyone is welcome, regardless of race. Hostels are available for students who desire to live on campus. You should have a look at it if you intend to study.

Stellenbosch University official website

4. University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This South African university, University of Kwazulu-Natal is ranked 371st in the world and fourth in Africa. It was established in 2004 following a merger with the University of Durban-Westville. It is situated in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

It is a public university with five campuses, one of which was previously called as Durban-Westville University. “Inspiring Greatness” is the University of KwaZulu-slogan. Natal’s It has a red and black color scheme.

university of kwazulu-natal
University of Kwazulu-Natal

The University of KwaZulu-Natal is divided into four colleges. These colleges house a number of schools. For example, the College of Health Science has the School of Clinical Medicine as well as other programs.

International students are welcome at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, which provides both postgraduate and undergraduate degrees. The environment around this university is kept clean and serene, and students take part in many activities, including film, art, writing, etc.

University of Kwazulu-Natal official website

5. University of Cairo, Egypt

The Egyptian University and subsequently the King Fuad I University were the names of this university. It is one of Egypt’s most important public institutions, ranked 392 in the world and 5th in Africa, and is located in the heart of Cairo, Egypt’s beautiful metropolis.

The University of Cairo was founded in 1908. On the campus, there are 20 faculties and three institutions. It is one of the top 50 higher education institutes in the globe.

university of cairo
university of cairo

Its School of Medicine was one of the earliest medical schools at an African university, and its School of Law is widely recognized as one of the best on the continent

University of Cairo official website

6. University of Johannesburg, South Africa

The University of Johannesburg is ranked 417th in the world and 6th in Africa. It is well-known as a research facility in South Africa. This prestigious South African university is known for its research capabilities, which can assist students in advancing their careers in sectors such as business and economics, engineering, health sciences, and other fields.

university of johannesburg
university of johannesburg

The university offers world-class academic programs at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It has about 50,000 students and offers a wide range of learning possibilities for a variety of disciplines. The application process is fully explained on the university’s website, and the letter should be followed while submitting applications.

The university was established in 2005 after the merger of Rand Afrikaans University, Technikon Witwatersrand, and Vista University’s Soweto and East Rand campuses. It has provided students with essential technical skills since its establishment.

University of Johannesburg official website

7. University of Ibadan, Nigeria

The University of Ibadan (commonly known as U. I) is the 425th best university in the world and the sixth-best in Africa, according to the most recent rankings. The school is a Nigerian higher education institution in the state of Oyo. It was given full university status in 1963.

The University of Ibadan offers postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in a wide range of topics, including arts, medicine, and other disciplines. The University College, Ibadan (UCI) is one of Nigeria’s top research-intensive institutions.

University of Ibadan
University of Ibadan

“Recte Sapere Fons” is its motto, which means “The font of knowledge is to think clearly.” Nigeria’s first academic institution, the University of Ibadan, has made major contributions to the country’s economic, political, and social development. The renowned novelist Chinua Achebe and the dramatist Wole Soyinka are two of its most noteworthy alumni.

University of Ibadan official website

8. University of Pretoria, South Africa

The University of Pretoria is a major public research and academic institution that was founded in 1908. There are approximately 1800 academic programs to choose from at the university, which includes a business school, nine colleges, and a business school.

According to a recent assessment by’s best colleges rating, the Institution of Pretoria is the 434th best university in the world and the best eighth in Africa. The university has garnered numerous awards and plaudits for its research accomplishments on both an international and local level.

University of Pretoria
University of Pretoria

The institution is focused on generating innovative ideas that will help South Africa’s and its neighbors’ economies. Students can choose from a variety of majors, minors, specialties, and graduate degree programs. Many of the courses are available in other languages as well, such as English and Afrikaans.

University of Pretoria official website

9. Mansoura University, Egypt

Mansoura University is located in the heart of Egypt’s Nile Delta and is ranked 477th in the world and 9th in Africa. East Delta University was established in 1972 and changed its name to Mansoura University in 1973.

Mansoura University is a renowned Egyptian university that has contributed significantly to the country’s cultural and scientific life. The university provides exceptional medical services as well as a wide range of major subjects. One of Africa’s largest urology and nephrology centers is located here.

Mansoura University
Mansoura University

The university is one of Africa’s most prestigious research-oriented institutions dedicated to improving the globe. Diplomas, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees are among the many fields and degree programs available.

Mansoura University official website

10. Northwest University, South Africa

Northwest University is placed 510th among the world’s best universities. It is also ranked the 10th best university in Africa. This is the sixth South African university on the list.

The university was created in 2004 as a consequence of a merger between the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education and the University of Bophuthatswana, according to publicly available information.

northwest university
northwest university

The university is also noted for its cutting-edge teaching methods and dedication to academic excellence. The institution excels in economic and managerial sciences, business and governance, industrial psychology, and tourism.

Northwest University official website

11. Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa University is Ethiopia’s largest and most residential national university. The university is Ethiopia’s oldest institution of higher education. According to USNEWS, the school is placed 11th in Africa’s Best Universities and 517th in the world’s Best Universities.

Addis Ababa University
Addis Ababa University

There are thirteen campuses that make up AAU. Twelve of these are in Addis Ababa, and one is in Bishoftu, which is 45 kilometers (28 miles) away. The Institute of Ethiopian Studies is one of AAU’s affiliated research institutions. The Ethiopian University Entrance Examination is used by the Ministry of Education to admit qualified students to AAU (EUEE).

AAU began as a two-year institution founded in 1950 by the Jesuit Lucien Matte in response to His Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I’s request. The following year, it began operations.

Addis Ababa University official website

12. Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology, Ghana

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is ranked 12th best in Africa and 587 in the world. This makes Knust the best University in Ghana. KNUST was established in October 6, 1951 and began operations on January 22, 1952, with 200 teacher training students who were relocated from Achimota College .

Book Hostel Accommodation at KNUST Obuasi Campus
Book Hostel Accommodation at KNUST Obuasi Campus

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is the foremost Science and Technology University in the country. It has, within the period of its existence, become an important centre for the training of scientists and technologists not only for Ghana but also for African and other countries.

There are six (6) halls of residence and fourteen (14) hostels on campus.

13. Ain Shams University, Egypt

Ain Shams University was established in July 1950 under the name ‘Ibrahim Pasha University.’ It collaborated with the two previous universities, ‘Cairo University’ (Fua’d the 1st) and ‘Alexandria University’ (Farouk the 1st), in spreading the university mission and answering the growing demand for higher education among the youth. When it was first established, Ain Shams University comprised a number of distinguished faculties and academic institutes, which were later developed into university.

Ain Shams University is ranked by USNEWS.COM as the 13th Best Universities in Africa and 619 in Best Global Universities. The school has a total enrollment of about 151,666.

Ain Shams University
Ain Shams University

The mission of Ain Shams University is an educational, research and service institution that adopts innovation and qualifies, academically and skillfully, a graduate capable of competing in the labor market and community service in accordance with international developments.

Ain Shams University’s vision is to have a global competitive advantage in managing an innovative system of education, research, knowledge, and community service

Ain Shams University official website

14. Mohammed First University of Oujda, Morocco

Mohamed First University was established in Oujda, Morocco, in 1978. On the campuses of Oujda and Nador, the university has almost 21,200 students (2007). (and Al Hoceima since 2008). It employs 590 professors and 440 administrative and technical personnel.

Mohamed First University of Oujda
Mohamed First University of Oujda

Mohamed First University of Oujda is ranking 14th in Africa and 630
in Best Global Universities.It has six faculties and four schools that educate students in science, law, literature, languages, history, geography, management, economics, technology, engineering, and medical sciences.

Mohamed First University of Oujda official website

15. Makerere University, Uganda

Makerere University, Kampala is Uganda’s largest and oldest institution of higher learning, first established as a technical school in 1922. It became an independent national university in 1970.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Makerere University as the 15th best university in Africa and the 712th best university worldwide.

Makerere University
Makerere University

Many post-independence African leaders attended Makerere University, including Ugandan President Milton Obote and Tanzanian Presidents Julius Nyerere and Benjamin Mkapa. Joseph Kabila, the former president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mwai Kibaki, the former president of Kenya, are both Makerere graduates.

Makerere University was a focal point for the literary activity that was central to African nationalist culture in the year after Uganda’s independence. Nuruddin Farah, Ali Mazrui, David Rubadiri, Okello Oculi, Ngg wa Thiong’o, John Ruganda, Paul Theroux, Nobel Prize winner V. S. Naipaul, and Peter Nazareth were all students at Makerere University at one time or another during their writing and academic careers.

Makerere University official website

16. University of the Western Cape, South Africa

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) is a public university in Bellville, South Africa, which is a suburb of Cape Town. The university was founded by the South African government in 1960 as a university exclusively for Colored people.

University of the Western Cape
University of the Western Cape

University of the Western Cape (UWC) is ranking 16th in Africa and 729th in Best Global Universities. UWC started as a “bush college”, a university college without autonomy under auspices of the University of South Africa.

University of the Western Cape official website

17. Alexandria University, Egypt

In 1938, the nucleus of the Alexandria University (formerly known as Farouk University) had its beginning in the form of two faculties of Fouad the First University. These were the faculties of Arts and Law. The faculty of Engineering was then established in 1941.

In the light of the need for developing more disciplines for higher learning and with a view towards meeting the need of the people of Alexandria, Alexandria University became a separate entity in August 1942 with four additional faculties: Science, Commerce, Medicine and Agriculture.

Alexandria University
Alexandria University

In 1952, it became “Alexandria University”. Since then, the University witnessed growth and expansion in several fields: the number of Faculties and high institutes increased to 22.

Alexandria University is ranking 17th in Africa and 738 in Best Global Universities according to USNEWS and World Report.

Alexandria University official website

18. University of Hassan II Casablanca, Morocco

University of Hassan II Casablanca is a public university that was formed by the merger of two institutions on September 1, 2014: Hassan II University Ain Chock – Casablanca and Hassan II University Mohammedia.

University of Hassan II Casablanca
University of Hassan II Casablanca

There are around 24,000 students in total, both local and international. It has about eleven hundred full-time faculty lecturers and professors, making it Morocco’s third largest university. There are 850 workers on the official payroll.

According to the 2022 best universities in Africa ranking, University of Hassan II Casablanca is placed 18th in Africa and 779th in the world.

University of Hassan II Casablanca official website

19. University of Nairobi, Kenya

The University of Nairobi is a Nairobi-based collegiate research university. It is Kenya’s most prestigious university. Despite the fact that it began as a university in 1956, it did not become an independent university until 1970.

university of nairobi
university of nairobi

University of Nairobi according to USNEWS.COM and World Report ,is ranked 18th in Africa and 779th in the world. They are on the same level the University of Hassan II Casablanca.

University of Nairobi official website

20. University of Gondar, Ethiopia

The University of Gondar, until 2003 known as the Gondar College of Medical Sciences, is the oldest medical school in Ethiopia. Established as the Public Health College in 1954, it is located in Gondar, the former capital of Ethiopia.

University of Gondar
University of Gondar

The University has 2,546 Academic staff, 5,473 Administrative staff , 41,730 Undergraduates and 5,497 Postgraduates. It is ranked as the 790th best university in the world and the third-best in Africa.


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