Top 10 Universities In Africa in 2017 – QS University Rating System

The QS University Rating System has released the list of the ranking of African Universities for 2017. This list was focused on all universities in Africa. In the top 10, there were just two countries that had their universities featured. Let us see the universities that made the Top 10 Universities In Africa in 2017.

The QS University Rating System used some factors that rank these universities. The factors considered include the following:

  1. Research
  2. Teaching
  3. Employability
  4. Internationalization
  5. Facilities
  6. Online/Distance Learning
  7. Social Responsibility
  8. Innovation
  9. Arts & Culture
  10. Inclusiveness, &
  11. Specialist Criteria.

From the above criteria, here are the top 10 universities in Africa in 2017.

Top 10 Universities In Africa in 2017

1. University of Cape Town (South Africa)

The University of Cape Town is the highest ranked University in Africa. It is also South Africa’s oldest university. University has been consistently found in the global top 200. The campus sits upon the slopes of Table Mountain’s Devil’s Peak, offering fantastic views.

2. Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

Second on the list is Stellenbosch University. This university made a significant improvement this year. It climbed 34 places in this year’s ranking and is now placed joint 361st in the world. Founded in 1918, the university is located in the town of Stellenbosch, 50 kilometers east of Cape Town.

3. University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)

Often called Wits, the University of Witwatersrand comes 3rd. It has 5 campuses in urban and suburban Johannesburg, the country’s largest city. The university has around 33,700 students, of which about 2,600 are international students.

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4. The American University in Cairo (Egypt)

The American University In Cairo, is the first Egyptian university on the list. However, the American University in Cairo is ranked joint 395th in the world in 2018. It is also ranked fifth in the most recent edition of the QS University Rankings: Arab Region. It teaches in English, and possesses Egypt’s largest English-language library collection.

5. Cairo University (Egypt)

The Cairo University, Egypt is number 5. The institution is ranked 10th in the Arab region. Despite the name, its main campus is actually in Giza, 20km southwest across the Nile from Cairo.

6. University of Pretoria (South Africa)

The University of Pretoria is one of the largest Universities in South Africa. It has over 50,000 students at seven campuses. The school was established in 1908.

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7. University of Johannesburg (South Africa)

According to the QS ranking, the University of Johannesburg is the youngest University to feature in the QS World University Rankings. The institution was formed from a merger of earlier institutions as recently as 2005.

8. Ain Shams University (Egypt)

The Ain Shams University is 12th in the Arab region in 2016. Based in Cairo and established in 1950, Ain Shams is a very large institution, hosting approximately 180,000 students in 15 faculties.

8. Rhodes University (South Africa)

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The Rhodes University is located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The institution was named after British businessman Cecil Rhodes. The university is highly residential and relatively small, with around 8,000 students currently enrolled.

8. The University Of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa)

The South African University of Kwazulu-Natal is another young university formed through a merger. This was in 2004. The university has five campuses around the KwaZulu-Natal province in the south east of the country.

Note: The last three universities are all joint 8th position.

This list of Top 10 universities in Africa in 2017 contains 7 South African universities and 3 Egyptians universities. These universities are head above the rest in the ranking used. Other countries of Africa have a lot to do to break this monopoly.

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