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Top Universities in Africa 2020 – Did Your School Make the League?


2019 is coming to a close and it’s that time again where we find out Universities in Africa and how they have fared.

Last year, the top 10 were made up of universities in South Africa, Egypt, Tanzania and Nigeria with 4 from South Africa, 3 from Egypt, 1 from Tanzania, while 2 universities were in Nigeria. In previous years, only Universities in South Africa and Egypt made up the top 10 list.

This year’s top 10 sees 5 universities from South Africa, 3 from Egypt and 2 from Nigeria make the list. A total of 7 South African universities make top 20. 4 more Egyptian universities can be found occupying the 11th – 20th position bringing the total of Egyptian universities in top 20 to 7, ahead of Nigeria, Algeria and Morocco, all of which have universities occupying the top 20 position.

Remarkably, one university from Eastern Africa makes top 20 this year which is an improvement from last year where no Eastern university smelled top 20 on the table.

Interesting, isn’t it?

Find out how your university ranks this year below.

Watch this Interesting Animated Video of the Top 10 Universities in Africa

Sort the list by:

  • Position – to see the Top universities in ascending or descending order
  • Name of Universities
  • Country – to see the number of universities from each country

Also search for a particular university or country with the search box to the right

University Ranking 2020UniversityCountry
University of Cape TownSouth Africa
University of the WitwatersrandSouth Africa
Stellenbosch UniversitySouth Africa
Aswan UniversityEgypt
Covenant UniversityNigeria
University of KwaZulu-NatalSouth Africa
Mansoura UniversityEgypt
University of IbadanNigeria
North-West UniversitySouth Africa
Suez Canal UniversityEgypt
11 Beni-Suef UniversityEgypt
11 Cairo UniversityEgypt
11 Ferhat Abbas Sétif University 1Algeria
11 University of JohannesburgSouth Africa
11 Kafrelsheikh UniversityEgypt
11 Makerere UniversityUganda
11 University of PretoriaSouth Africa
11 Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah UniversityMorocco
11 University of the Western CapeSouth Africa
20 Ain Shams UniversityEgypt
20 American University in CairoEgypt
20 University of BéjaïaAlgeria
20 Benha UniversityEgypt
20 University of GhanaGhana
20 University of LagosNigeria
20 University of NairobiKenya
20 Tanta UniversityEgypt
20 Tshwane University of TechnologySouth Africa
29 Al-Azhar UniversityEgypt
29  Alexandria UniversityEgypt
29  Assiut UniversityEgypt
29  University of BiskraAlgeria
29  University of CarthageTunisia
29  University of Constantine 1Algeria
29  University of Dar es SalaamTanzania
29  Fayoum UniversityEgypt
29  Université Hassan II de CasablancaMorocco
29  Helwan UniversityEgypt
29  University of ManoubaTunisia
29  University of Marrakech Cadi AyyadMorocco
29  Menoufia UniversityEgypt
29  M'Hamed Bougara University of BoumerdèsAlgeria
29  Minia UniversityEgypt
29  Mohammed V University of RabatMorocco
29  University of MonastirTunisia
29  University of Nigeria NsukkaNigeria
29  University of Sciences and Technology Houari BoumedieneAlgeria
29  University of Science and Technology of Oran Mohamed-BoudiafAlgeria
29  University of SfaxTunisia
29  Sohag UniversityEgypt
29  University of SousseTunisia
29  University of South AfricaSouth Africa
29  South Valley UniversityEgypt
29  University of TlemcenAlgeria
29  University of Tunis El ManarTunisia
29  Zagazig UniversityEgypt

University Ranking is provided by Times Higher Education – an international higher education search engine and directory reviewing accredited Universities and Colleges in the world.

  1. Emmanuel Ngolobe says

    Seeking for a university graduate scholarship in agricultural extension eductaion from Makerere university,
    How can I be helped.

  2. chumzy says

    oops! UNN and Unizik is nowhere to be found….

  3. Kadiri Tolani says

    Indeed an eyesore.Considering the parameters used in ranking universities, i see no reason why our government can't revive the educational sector in Nigeria.If government owned universities in Nigeria could fall this low on the table, i wonder what would be the lot of private universities.

    1. Nelson Amaunda says

      better Ibadan.there is a mess in Kenya dear

  4. kologna says

    This is embarrassing, a university in ghana rated above a Nigerian university. This is shameful. Only unilag is struggling to make us recognised. may God help us

  5. Andrew Henry says

    am very impressed with this ranking but am wondering about nigeria too I though it would have bring even one university in top five rank.

  6. Daniel Nila says

    which criterias are used to determine top universities any where on the world, especially africa university.

  7. Wengel Tessema says

    Can anybody explain what the creiterias of ranking were?

  8. Ntawirema Best Celestine says

    Hey ,I don't see UNIVERSITY OF RWANDA 🙂

  9. Peter Urayeneza says

    Rwanda is missing here? Kigali will complain about this classification?

  10. Saheed Kareem says

    why is university of IBADAN NIGERIA not on that list.

    1. kester Martins says

      You are right Saheed. UI is supposed to be on that list.

  11. Ekomobong Ekanem says

    We would like to see the criteria for the ranking

  12. Samuel Aloyo Andayi says

    my university is not there and has never been on these lists,does that mean scholars from universities mentioned above are the cream of the society.i dont care what the ranking is i care about myself and my abilities.

  13. Eric Raz Higenyi says

    Kyambogo University in Uganda

  14. ዳጊ ማኛ says

    what the creiterias of ranking

  15. Hilawie Hawaz says

    at least addis ababa university is there but the other universities in Ethiopia will not make it to the list even if the list includes 300 universities in a 100 years

  16. Venenscias T Kiiza says

    when makerere university kampala is not ,among the top ten,then i doubt all the rankings…

  17. Aiah Foday-Khabenje says

    Where is the Athens of West Africa in the ranking?

  18. Martins Ezuma says

    check no 38…UI

  19. Fentaw Ambaw Mitikie says

    what about Addis Ababa University of Ethiopia?

  20. Abdulkarim Shehu says

    could ds b tru??????

  21. Abebe Gina says

    This is can not the rial ruank

  22. Alaru Nobert says

    I would like to know the basis of this ranking,because in less than a year ago Makerere university had been among the top ten but now it is in 20s,share with us what you really consider and why you doing such rankings,how does it benefit the society.

  23. Abel Asrat says

    Addis Ababa University Ranked Number 32

  24. Numarsan Bantii Bantiin says

    Where are our universities???

  25. Oloi Tom Richard says

    South Africa just want to wake up by lying to most Africans that they are better than the rest of the African countries on assumption, its today again South Africa, yesterday i read about top 100 secondary schools in Africa, it was almost 75% south African schools, this is being biased to a greater extent. It used to be west Africa followed by East African education in Africa…….stop selling your schools on websites by deceiving.

  26. Dosegnaw Aragaw says

    what about Jimma University of Ethiopia?

  27. Mohamed Zakaria says

    algeria where are you

  28. Grace Azira says

    List is incomplete without MAKERERE UNIVERSITY – Uganda..

  29. Mohamed Ca says

    usthb Made Fucker

  30. Beshah Mogesie says

    this is not the list of universities

  31. Beshah Mogesie says

    As far as our universities are serving us, do not care about the ranking

  32. Moh Henni says

    donc canou ytmnykoun bina hhhh

  33. Yacine Sine Sine says

    c'est honteux pour nous

  34. Dennis Tyson Mutugi says

    what ranking is this? University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University are constantly in top 20 in all African rankings… Now KU is number 90? And you expect anyone to believe this?

  35. Dejju Shimelis says

    Addis Ababa universty must be ranked atleast top 15

  36. Bernard Beta Parah says

    hahaha funny list. anyway any IT enthusiats is welcome to join the new tech forum called teckroom.com

  37. Rugema Faustin says

    Ooh, no one from my country

  38. Precious Foye says

    Sure this is web ranking and not academic.

  39. Precious Foye says

    Good ranking shows methodology and analysis.

  40. Midou Ismail says

    désole mon frère, malheureusement nous somme nulle

  41. Vatia Dan says

    Add a comment…aiish!!!

  42. Uga Wendo says

    O que se passa com as Universidades em Angola? Sei que a Catolica esteve aí pelo menos uma vez. As 100 melhores Universidades africanas.

  43. Biniam Assefa Alemu says

    what about A.A university

  44. Hagos Gebreslassie says

    one can understand that how much the ordering of universities posted is not valid. because, What is different thing in Addisababa university which is not done by other universities in Ethiopia. If other universities are doing what the other universities are doing why not on the same runk?

  45. Yankubah Yarmah says

    So it meas that university of Ouagadouguo is the 1st university in West Africa? That is unbelievable.

  46. Kenisky Mutumavich Mwebikov says

    Moi University is position 51.

  47. Escuteiro Dorivan Jorge says

    79 Universidade de Cabo Verde – Cape Verde

  48. Youcef Kwikwi says

    I"m very sad about my country
    i wish thing go better

  49. Buzuneh Hailu says

    What About Adama Science and Technology University – ASTU

  50. Alex G Mugisa says

    Makunika is conspicuously absent…We need Prof Barya back…. Dr. Gilbert Gumoshabe

  51. Kimetto Emmanuel says

    nonesense,,,Kenyatta University is ranked the second best kenyan university,,but other inferior' universities appear in the list,and not Kenyatta university,,,whoever is concerned with this to wise up

  52. Haile Belachew says

    32 Universities in Ethiopia, only on 32th !! Addis Ababa University.

  53. Cosmas Kibet says

    Beshah Mogesie You need to care, lest you lag behind..

  54. Dawit Gizachew says

    what about our universities?

  55. John Norago Nyerrinya says

    KNUST-Ghana ranked 54?

  56. حيران في الناس says

    Alexandria University – Egypt

  57. Najim Ussiph says

    What do you expect John, when all your Professors have turned administrators and have abandoned classrooms and labs

  58. Kibinkiri Eric Len says

    This is good news for African Universities especially those still sleeping. wake up!. Felicitation unisa felicitation Afrique du Sud. Je suis derrier vous

  59. Kibinkiri Eric Len says

    This is good news for African Universities especially those still sleeping. wake up!. Felicitation unisa, felicitation Afrique du Sud. Je suis derrier vous

  60. Gobina Mongambe Kofi says

    I am surprise that no Cameroon university has been shortlisted. Can someone explain why.

  61. Michael Nkwenti says

    Good Universities might not feature on the list because they have not met the quality standards put in place by the evaluating bodies. Africans must understand that quality education require a lot of factors to be put in place especially those factors that facilitate learning such as good learning environment, clear information about processes to students, the strick respect of the learners, clear and acceptable evaluation systems, clear institutional development plan etc. Most great African scholars still believe that they should be the chosen few! They make learning difficult for upcoming generation. Needless to mention them and their institutions because you already know them. Those factors contribute in retrograding their rankings. Think about processes and policies in your present and formal institution and say whether they qualify to feature in the top 500 rankings!

  62. George Nditafon says

    Cameroon is not even among the 1st 100. Did that surprise anyone??????

  63. Shitta Holluzorgy Emmanuel says

    this is not correct. it's been edited! A University from Tanzania is the no. 10 (University of Dar es Salaam). And The University of Lagos, Nigeria is 20 on the list. http://www.4icu.org/topAfrica/

  64. Philp Mas says

    Never underestimated the mind of graduate from university of pretoria. we can solve problems that no one knew about. South African universities like University of Pretoria (and University of Cape town are just Cream of the crop world Class. And My native University of Swaziland isnt there yet.

  65. Philp Mas says

    im not south african im a foriegner but i think the list might just be true after enrolling& graduating in number 2. coming from number 67, i can pretty much feel it.

  66. kester Martins says

    Why is University of Ibadan Nigeria not on that list?

  67. Wilfred says

    Why is University of Ibadan not on that list? 🙁

  68. Ebenezer Gyan says

    Per the criteria, at least top two Ghanaian universities should be part of the first ten. University of Ghana, and Ashesi University

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