See the top thirty universities in Africa



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See the top 30 universities in Africa

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The latest 2020-2021 ranking by the Centre of World University Ranking (CWUR) has listed these universities as the top 30 in Africa.  They are:

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  1. The University of Cape Town, South Africa
  2. Witwatersrand University, South Africa
  3. University, South Africa
  4. University Of Pretoria, South Africa
  5. The University Of Johannesburg, South Africa
  6. Ain Shams University, Egypt
  7. North-West University, South Africa
  8. Makerere University, Uganda
  9. Mohammad V University, Morocco
  10. Hassan ll University of Casablanca, Morocco
  11. Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  12. University Of The Western Cape, South Africa
  13. University Of Ibadan, Nigeria
  14. Assiut University, Egypt
  15. University Of The Free State South Africa
  16. Suex Canal University, Egypt
  17. Rhodes University, South Africa
  18. University Of Yaounde, Cameroun
  19. University Of Carthage, Tunisia
  20. University Of Ghana, Ghana.
  21. Fayoum University, Egypt
  22. University Of Nairobi, Kenya
  23. Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science And Technology, Ghana
  24. Tanta University, Egypt
  25. Helwan University, Egypt
  26. Beni Suef University, Egypt
  27. Nelson Mandela University, South Africa
  28. Menoufia University, Egypt
  29. University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
  30. University of Gondar, Ethiopia

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Only the University of Ibadan made the list in Nigeria, being in 13th position while the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa came top as the best African University and 268th globally.

CWUR is a global university ranking that measures the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions.

The rankings will officially be released on June 8, 2020. “I have received a congratulatory message from the President of CWUR about Makerere ranking among the top 4.7% of the 20000 universities ranked. Makerere University has remained the leading university in East Africa and among the Top 10 in Africa,” Prof Barnabas Nawangwe the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere posted on Facebook.


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Out of the first 30 best universities, Southern Africa and Northern Africa tallied with 11 universities. However, with the exception of the University of Zimbabwe, the ten remaining universities are South African universities.

Only four universities from Eastern Africa made it to best 30 while Western Africa scooped three.

The University of Cape Town has been on top of the game for a long time in Africa. Last year, Times Higher Ranking scooped the first position in Africa.

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