The ranking looks specifically at university reputation, which reflects a university’s ability to recruit high-quality staff and students, establish valuable international partnerships, and connect with greater funding prospects.
The group determined its ranking by analysing all its reputation survey results to date (2010-2014), which contain more than 1.5 million individual data points and have recorded 65,000 responses, covering 6,500 of the world’s leading universities across 105 disciplines.
Africa’s Leading Universities was determined over the five-year period by survey respondents specifically living in Africa.
The ranking is dominated by South African universities, with the University of Cape Town as the clear regional leader in academic reputation.
Below is the list of top ten best universities in Africa:
10. THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO
The American University in Cairo was established by Americans who were devoted to education and service in the Middle East in 1919 with a motive to create an English-language based university that will uphold very high standards of learning, conduct and scholarship and to ultimately contribute to the intellectual growth, discipline, and character of the future leaders of Egypt and the region. The founding president, Dr. Charles A. Watson helped shape the institution for the first 27 years.
9. RHODES UNIVERSITY
Established May 31, 1904, Rhodes University is located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Rhodes is a small university when compared to some other African Universities but the institution enjoys the distinction of having among the best undergraduate pass and graduation rates in South Africa, outstanding postgraduate success rates, and the best research output per academic staff member. Overall, Rhodes University shares among the top 10 universities in Africa.
8. UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
The University of the Western Cape is a national university and has a history of creative struggle against oppression, discrimination and disadvantage. The institution was established in 1960 by the South African government as a university for Coloured people only.Among academic institutions it has been in the vanguard of South Africa’s historic change, It is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and research, to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa, and to responding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society. University of the Western Cape’s is mostly concerned with access, equity and quality in higher education.
7. UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA
University of South Africa was established in 1918. Before this time, the University of the Cape of Good Hope was established in Cape Town in 1873 and received a royal charter in 1877 and in 1918, was incorporated into University of South Africa (UNISA). in 2004, Unisa merged with South Africa’s two other major distance education service providers, Technikon Southern Africa and Vista University. Following the merger, Unisa becomes the sole provider of distance education in the country. It is the largest distance institution in Africa and among the largest in the world.
6. UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
The University of Pretoria commenced its activities in 1908 with a staff of four professors and three lecturers. Thirty-two students enrolled for courses at the first campus, Kya Rosa, a house in the centre of the Pretoria. The University of Pretoria became a fully fledged university in 1930. The name Tuks, for the University of Pretoria, derives from the acronym for the College, namely TUC. The institution has proven its worth over the years by maintaining a high standard and world class talents.
5. CAIRO UNIVERSITY
Located in Giza, Egypt (famous for its majestic pyramids), the Cairo University was founded on the 21st of December, 1908 as a European-inspired civil university, in contrast to the religious university of al-Azhar, and became the prime indigenous model for other state universities. The idea came in an effort to establish a national center for educational thought. Cairo University includes a School of Law and a School of Medicine. The Medical School, also known as Kasr Alaini was one of the first medical schools in Africa and the Middle East. Its first building was donated by Alaini Pasha. The standards maintained by this university put it among the top 10 most respected universities in Africa.
4. UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL
The two KwaZulu-Natal universities were among the first batch of South African institutions to merge in 2004 in accordance with the government’s higher educational restructuring plans that will eventually see the number of higher educational institutions in South Africa reduced from 36 to 21. The University was established in 2004 through the merger of the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal bringing together the rich histories of both the former Universities. The South Africa government rates KwaZulu-Natal as one of five research-intensive universities in South Africa. Nearly 75 per cent of its academics are research-active.
3. STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
Stellenbosch University is one of the oldest universities in South Africa. Stellenbosch University (or Universiteit Stellenbosch) is one of South Africa’s foremost research universities. Established in 1866, Stellenbosch boasts the privilege of designing and manufacturing Africa’s first microsatellite, SUNSAT, launched in 1999. A century-long tradition of quality teaching and research has ensured the University a place among the finest academic institutions in Africa.
2. UNIVERSITY OF WITWATERSRAND
The University of Witwatersrand is one of the top ranking universities in Africa. The institution has a reputation built on research and academic excellence. It is one of only two universities in Africa rated by two separate international rankings as a leading world institution. It has grown from around 1,000 students to more than 28,000 by 2010. It boasts five faculties, comprising 34 schools. Witwatersrand is the recipient of the highest levels of external financial support of all South African universities. It is not only famous for its academic excellence but its National Heritage sites, rock arts museums, amongst others
1. UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
Established 1st October 1829, optimism is the official creed of this university, which has the motto “Spes Bona” (“Good Hope”). The University of Cape Town has consistently ranked at the top of best universities in Africa. The University of Cape Town started off as a College with a small tertiary-education facility that grew substantially after 1880, when the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north – and the resulting demand for skills in mining – gave it the financial boost it needed to grow. The College developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900