Best 25 schools in Africa



  1. University of Cape Town

Enrollment: 26,357

Founded: October 1, 1829

is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, and is the oldest university in South Africa and the second oldest extant university in Africa. The language of instruction is English.

2. University of Pretoria

3. Stellenbosch University

4. University of Witwatersrand

5. University of Kwazulu – Natal


6. University of South Africa

is the largest university on the African continent and attracts a third of all higher education students in South Africa. The university has a student headcount of over 300,000 students, including African and international students in 130 countries worldwide, making it one of the world’s mega universities.

Unisa is a dedicated open distance education institution. Open distance learning (ODL) entails a student-centred approach that gives students flexibility and choice over what, when, where, and how they learn, and provides them with extensive student support.

As a comprehensive university, Unisa offers both vocational and academic programmes, many of which have received international accreditation, as well as an extensive geographical footprint, giving their students recognition and employability in many countries the world over

6. The American University of Cairo

7. University of Johannesburg

7. Cairo University

8. Mansoura University

9. Alexandria University

10. Dar Es Salaam University

Founded: July 1, 1970

Undergraduates: 17,098

It was established in 1961 as an affiliate college of the University of London. The university became an affiliate of the University of East Africa (UEA) in 1963, shortly after Tanzania gained its independence from the United Kingdom. In 1970, UEA split into three independent universities: Makerere University in Uganda, the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and the University of Dar es Salaam

11. University of the Western Cape

20. University of Nairobi



24. University of Ghana


is the oldest and largest of the thirteen Ghanaian universities and tertiary institutions. It was founded in 1948[3] as the University College of the Gold Coast, and was originally an affiliate college of the University of London,[4] which supervised its academic programmes and awarded degrees. It gained full university status in 1961,[4] and now has nearly 40,000 students.

The original emphasis was on the liberal arts, social sciences, basic science, agriculture, and medicine, but (partly as the result of a national educational reform programme) the curriculum was expanded to provide more technology-based and vocational courses and postgraduate training.

The university is mainly based at Legon, about twelve kilometres northeast of the centre of Accra. The medical school is in Korle Bu, with a teaching hospital and secondary campus in the city of Accra. It also has a graduate school of nuclear and allied sciences at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, making it one of the few universities on the Africa continent offering programmes in nuclear physics and nuclear engineering.


University of Cape Town
South Africa
University of Pretoria
South Africa
Universiteit Stellenbosch
South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand
South Africa
University of South Africa
South Africa
The American University in Cairo
Cairo University
Mansoura University
Alexandria University
10  University of Dar es Salaam
11  University of KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
12  Rhodes University
South Africa
13  Ain Shams University
14  Assiut University
15  University of the Western Cape
South Africa
16  Université Mohammed V – Agdal
17  University of Johannesburg
South Africa
18  Université de Ouagadougou
Burkina Faso
19  University of Nairobi
20  University of Lagos
21  Makerere University
22  Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
South Africa
23  Obafemi Awolowo University
24  University of Ghana
25  Universidade Eduardo Mondlane



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