Check Out The SA Universities That Dominated Africa’s 2016 Best


Times Higher Education World University Rankings has released the 2016 list of the top 15 best universities in Africa with South African universities claiming six of the list’s 15 places.

Irrespective of the many protests that undoubtedly, affected the performances of SA universities, the only institution outside South Africa to make the top five in the list is Uganda’s Makerere University.

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The second most represented nation in the list is Egypt. Three of the nation’s higher institution – Suez Canal University, Alexandria University and Cairo University made the top 15 best list.

Morocco comes third with the University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad and Mohammed V University of Rabat.

Other countries including Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya each have one institution in the list.

As related, SA universities dominated the list and occupied the top positions because of their “highly-cited research, a strong international outlook and an ability to attract large sums of money from industry.”

Check out the 2016 rankings of the top 15 best universities in Africa beneath.

Rank Institution Country
1 University of Cape Town South Africa
2 University of the Witwatersrand South Africa
3 Stellenbosch University South Africa
4 Makerere University Uganda
5 University of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
6 University of Pretoria South Africa
7 University of Ghana Ghana
8 University of Nairobi Kenya
9 Suez Canal University Egypt
10 Alexandria University Egypt
11 Cairo University Egypt
12 University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad Morocco
13 University of South Africa South Africa
14 University of Ibadan Nigeria
15 Mohammed V University of Rabat Morocco

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Meanwhile, the University of Johannesburg wasn’t included in this ranking as it did not participate in Times Higher Education rankings data collection process.

The institution however, will partake in future rankings as it has submitted the required data.