Top 30 Universities in Africa According to Times Higher Education Ranking

The Times Higher Education (THE) University Ranking 2023 featured over 110 universities from across Sub-Saharan Africa. The ranking employed a hybrid methodology that took into account five essential pillars: resources and funding, access and fairness, teaching skills, student participation, and African influence.

“The Times Higher Education Sub-Saharan Africa University Rankings have been developed specifically to assess the impact of universities in addressing some of the toughest challenges faced in the region. We use carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons across three vital areas: teaching, research, and societal impact,” THE stated.

This ranking’s data set contains information provided directly by universities, information gathered from current students, and information provided by Elsevier (bibliometrics data). The student survey is the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa, with over 20,000 students from 88 universities participating.

“The ranking was developed in consultation with university leaders from across Sub-Saharan Africa, as part of a project initiated by a consortium of African and international higher education organizations and companies, including Botho, Maverick, and Mycos.” The project was led by Ghana’s Ashesi University in collaboration with the MasterCard Foundation. THE managed all data collecting and calculations independently,” THE added.

The University of the Witwatersrand topped the list, followed by the University of Johannesburg and Tanzania’s Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences.

South Africa has the most institutions in the top ten (four); Nigeria has the most institutions in the top 37, lead by Covenant University in seventh place. Universities from Uganda, Rwanda, and Ghana were also in the top ten.

Two-thirds of participating colleges are public; a quarter are private, non-profit organizations; and a tenth are private, for-profit companies.

Below are the 30 highest-ranked Universities in Africa:

1. University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

2. University of Johannesburg, South Africa

 3. Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania

 4. University of Pretoria South, Africa

 5. Makerere University, Uganda

 6. University of the Western Cape, South Africa

 7. Covenant University, Nigeria

 8. UGHE – University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda

 9. Ashesi University, Ghana

 10. Ardhi University, Tanzania

 11. University of Venda, South Africa

 12. University of South Africa

 13. Durban University of Technology, South Africa

 14. University of Zambia

 15. Academic City University College, Ghana

 16. University of Embu, Kenya

 17. University of Ghana

 18. University of Zimbabwe

 19. University of Mauritius

20. Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST)

 *21. University of Botswana

 *21. University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

23. University of Sierra Leone

 24. National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Zimbabwe

 25. Rongo University, Kenya

26. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria

 27. Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique

 28. Accra Technical University, Ghana

 29. Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST)

 30. Benson Idahosa University, Nigeria

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