If you choose to study in Africa, you’ll find lots of opportunities to travel to different cultures, landscapes, sights and endless adventures in this enormous and diverse continent. A sum of 17 African universities is highlighted in the QS World University Rankings® 2019, with the bulk (nine) of these located in South Africa.
Browse on for an overview of the top universities in Africa this year, in reversed order of presentation in this year’s ranking, including news on each university’s location and other details. The initial eight universities are all lined in the 801-1000 range* and are consequently joint 10th in Africa.
=10. University of the Western Cape
Beginning off our overview of the top universities in Africa in 2019 is the South Africa’s University of the Western Cape, found in the Bellville suburb of Cape Town. Established in 1959, the university performed a crucial role in the fight on discrimination and racial imbalance in South Africa’s history.
=10. University of Nairobi
One of the most prominent universities in Kenya, the University of Nairobi was first established as Royal Technical College in 1956, before shifting part of the University of East Africa in 1963. That then split into three separate universities in 1970, including Makerere University.
=10. Rhodes University
Rhodes University, placed in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, is called after British businessman Cecil Rhodes. The university is exceptionally residential and relatively small, with close to 8,000 students currently enrolled.
=10. North-West University
North-West University is another South African establishment that was formed by the consolidation of previous universities in 2004. It’s a great university, with over 69,000 students based across three campuses in the North West and Gauteng provinces.
=10. Assiut University
New to this year’s University ranking, Egypt’s Assiut University was founded in 1957 as the first university in Upper Egypt and is placed in an urban campus in the large city of Asyut. It grants courses both English and Arabic-taught courses.
=10. Alexandria University
As well as starring here, Alexandria University is also lined 14th in the QS Arab Region University Rankings 2018. It was initially established in 1938 as a branch campus of Cairo University, but converted a separate institution in 1942, gaining its prevailing name in 1952.
=10. Al-Azhar University
Stationed in Cairo, Al-Azhar University is Egypt’s greatest degree-granting institution, beginning back to the 10th century. It has influential links to Sunni Islam and the Al-Azhar Mosque and is viewed as one of the most prestigious Sunni Islamic universities.
=10. Al Akhawayn University Ifrane
Located in Morocco, Al Akhawayn University Ifrane is another new listing this year and the last to be placed 801-1000. A public, non-profit university placed in Ifrane, in the midst of the Middle Atlas mountain range, it’s one of the growing institutions in this article, initiated by King Hassan II of Morocco in 1995.
9. University of KwaZulu-Natal
The South African University of Kwazulu-Natal is listed 751-800 in the world this year and is an extra young university formed through a consolidation, this time in 2004. The university has five colleges around the KwaZulu-Natal province in the south-east of the country.
8. Ain Shams University
The first of the top best universities in Africa to be put 701-750 is the Egyptian Ain Shams University, that is ranked 17th in the QS Arab Region University Rankings 2018. Situated in Cairo and established in 1950, Ain Shams is a large establishment, hosting nearly 180,000 students in 15 faculties.
7. University of Pretoria
Rated 561-570 in the world this year is the South Africa’s University of Pretoria. It’s one of the most prominent universities in the country, with above 50,000 students at seven campuses. Founded in 1908, the university also features in the top 50 of the latest QS BRICS University Rankings.
6. University of Johannesburg
Came Up from 601-650 to 551-560 this year, the University of Johannesburg is the freshest university in South Africa to be featured in the QS World University Rankings, owning been formed from a consolidation of earlier institutions as recently as 2005.
5. Cairo University
Egypt’s Cairo University is classified in the 521-530 range of the overall world listings, and 11th in the Arab regional ranking. Notwithstanding the name, its main campus is really in Giza, 20km southwest across the Nile from Cairo.
4. The American University in Cairo
The ensuing university on our list of the top best universities in Africa is situated in Egypt. The American University in Cairo is currently ranked joint 420th in the entire world in 2019. Besides ranked sixth in the most current edition of the Arab region university rankings, it schools in English and holds Egypt’s largest English-language library collection.
3. Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch University is put joint 405th in the world and inside the top 50 of the BRICS ranking. Established in 1918, the university is located in the town of Stellenbosch, 50 kilometres east of Cape Town.
2. University of the Witwatersrand
It is Ranked joint 381st this year, the University of the Witwatersrand (usually called Wits for short) is another South African university, with five campuses in urban and suburban Johannesburg, the country’s biggest city. The university has about 38,350 students, of which roughly 3,750 are international students.
1. University of Cape Town
Starting the way for the top best universities in Africa is South Africa’s traditional university, the University of Cape Town, was ranked joint 200th in the QS World University Rankings® 2019 beside Sweden’s Stockholm University. The campus lies upon the slopes of Table Mountain’s Devil’s Peak, giving fantastic views.