The Center for World University Ranking CWUR, has released its 2016 list of the top 1000 universities in the world. Only nine Universities in Africa made the list. Five from South Africa and four from Egypt.
The ranking, released on Monday, placed Harvard University, United States, on top as the best higher institution in the world, followed by Stanford University, also in the U.S.
Another school in the U.S, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the third best in the world.
Two universities in the United Kingdom, University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford, are ranked fourth and fifth respectively.
Five other American universities are also ranked within the top 10 – they are Columbia University, sixth position; University of California, Berkley, seventh; University of Chicago, eighth; Princeton University, ninth; and Yale University, 10th.
The U.S has a total number of 224 universities among the top 1,000, followed by China, with 90.
Japan has 74, while the United Kingdom has 65.
In Africa, only universities in South Africa and Egypt made the list. South Africa has five, while Egypt has four.
For South Africa, the five universities and their rankings, according to the CWUR, are: University of Witwatersrand, 176th; University of Cape Town, 265th; Stellenbosch University, 329th; University of KwaZulu-Natal, 468th; and the University of Pretoria, 697th.
The four from Egypt are Cairo University, 771st; Ain Shams University, 960th; Mansoura University, 985th; and Alexandria University, 995th.