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2016 top universities in Africa

2016 top universities in Africa



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University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, which is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutes.

This University was founded in 1829 as the South African boys’ college and developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900.

The UCT has six faculties - Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Law, Health Sciences, Humanities and Science, as it is centered on transformation.

In the UCT, there are more than 60 specialist research units that provide supervision for postgraduate work, which has more than a quarter of South Africa's A-rated researchers - academics who are considered world leaders in their fields

Among its more than 100 000 alumni are the late Professor Christiaan Barnard, the world-renowned heart surgeon, and three Nobel laureates, Sir Aaron Klug, the late Professor Alan MacLeod Cormack and JM Coetzee.

No 2. University Of Witswatersrand in South Africa


The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (known as Wits) is located in Johannesburg (South Africa) and hasfive faculties, which includes; Commerce, Law & Management, Engineering & the Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Science and 33 schools.

Wits offers 3000 courses, with 32 500 students. Its Library facilities consists of two central libraries and 12 branch libraries with students having access to over 1,5 million books.

Approximately 5000 students are accommodated in a number of residences and student villages. There are 42 sport clubs and many cultural opportunities in the form of over 60 student societies, the Wits Theatre, art galleries, concert hall and 14 museums.

Several books have been written on the history of the University, which includes,
A Vice-Chancellor Remembers. According to the Memoirs of Professor G R Bozzoli, by G R Bozzoli (Alphaprint, Randburg, 1995); Wits the Early Years. A History of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and its Precursors 1896 - 1939, by Bruce K Murray (Witwatersrand University Press, Johannesburg, 1982);Wits the Open Years . A History of the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 1939 - 1959, by Bruce K Murray (Witwatersrand University Press, Johannesburg, 1997);Wits. A University in the Apartheid Era, by Mervyn Shear (Witwatersrand University Press, Johannesburg, 1996).

No 3. Stellenbosch University in South Africa


The history of Stellenbosch University (SU) dates as far back as the 17th century,with the start of the Theological Seminary of the Dutch Reformed Church in 1859. Higher education became established in the town. In December 1863, the foundation was laid for the establishment of the Stellenbosch Gymnasium, which became a reality in 1866.

Stellenbosch University has a total of 12 faculties and as at 2013, the total number of students were 28,000 students, with a total number of 939 staffs.

Stellenbosch University is a public research university situated in the town of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Other nearby universities is the University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape. The name of the Vice-chancellor, is Wim de Villiers and Hendrick Varwoerd, Johann Rupert, Bayers Naude, Edwin Cameron, Riaan Cruywagen, are Alumni of this university.

No 4. Makerere University in Uganda


Makerere University was founded as a technical school in 1922 and became an independent national university in 1970.

Its focus is in line with the national government’s policy objectives, which seeks to support those programs with a multidisciplinary approach ranging from natural sciences to economics and education.

University of Makerere is in partnership with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to host a medical exchange program, in which students could complete rotations in the fields of cardiology, family planning, pediatrics, infectious disease, and trauma (emergency medicine), among many others.

An extension of the universities main library is in progress In celebration of the university’s 90 years of existence and of Uganda’s Golden Jubilee, which will ultimately result in 8,000 square metres of reading space, 300 computers, a multi-media unit, and software for people with disabilities.

This is the largest University in Uganda, Which is of a population of over 40,000 students, with more than five percent of the student body comprising of international students.

Notable alumni include Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, former president of Tanzania H.E. Benjamin William Mkapa, and Archbishop of York in the Church of England John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu.

No 5. University Of KwaZulu- Natal in South Africa

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Founded in 1910 as the Natal University College in Pietermaritzburg, the University of Natal was granted independent University status in 1949 owing to its rapid growth in numbers, its wide range of courses and its achievements in and opportunities for research.

In 1946, the government approved a Faculty of Agriculture in Pietermaritzburg and, in 1947, a Medical School for African, and Indian and Colored students in Durban.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal was formed on 1 January 2004 as a result of the merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal. The new university brings together the rich histories of both the former Universities.

No 6. University O f Pretoria in South Africa


In 1996, the University of Pretoria became the university with the highest research output in South Africa and we have maintained this status. In 2008, University of Pretoria celebrated its Centenary.

The University has seven campuses as well as a number of other sites of operation, such as the Pretoria Academic Hospital. Central administration is located at the Hatfield Campus.

The University of Pretoria offers more than 1 800 academic programmes in two of the official languages, namely Afrikaans and English.

The academic programmes of the University are offered in nine faculties, as well as a business school. The faculties comprise a total of 140 departments and 85 centres, institutes and bureaus. UP is at the forefront of tertiary education in the country and collaborates with world-class partners to ensure continued excellence in learning and teaching.



The University of Ghana was founded as an affiliate college of the University of London and became an independent institution in 1961.

The total population of its student is about 30,000, as its Academic programming is spread over nine colleges, which issues an array of academic degrees.

Research has detected that the university has institutes focusing on seismology, population studies, migration studies, and ecology.

The university which is in partnership with the Norwegian Universities’ Committee for Development Research and Education, and the Commonwealth Universities Student Exchange Consortium, has a library with a collection of over 300,000 volumes.

Former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan is the university’s chancellor and Over 1,000 international students are currently enrolled in the University.

No 8. University Of Nairobi in Kenya


University of Nairobi was founded in1956 and became an independent university in 1970. This university now has about 57,000 students with an extensive range of research faculties, from biotechnology and bioinformatics to HIV prevention and research, from nuclear science and technology to tropical and infectious diseases.

Some Notable alumni include Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai; urologist Harcharan Gill, who is a professor at Stanford University, and former supermodel and entrepreneur Iman.

No 9. Suez Canal University in Egypt


It was established in 1964. It has a reputable history in the field of medical education since 1977. It has provided a repository for resources such as consultants, innovative curricula, data sets, syllabi and instructional material to a number of HPEI in Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean Region. In 1987, it was declared as WHO Collaborating Center in Medical Education and continued to be so till now.

It is notable for its non-classic research. It has 28 faculties (12 inIsmaïlia, 9 in Port Said, 5 in Suez and 2 inArish) with a total number of students reaching 21,325. The University has about 53 special units for research, education and community development.

No 10. Alexandria University in Egypt


Alexandria University is a public research university, which was established in 1938 as a satellite of Fuad University (the name of which was later changed to Cairo University), becoming an independent entity in 1942. It is now the second largest university in Egypt and has many affiliations to various universities for ongoing research.

Her Notable Alumni & Faculties includes,Ahmed Zewail (Faculty of Science, 1967) – Noble Prize in Chemistry 1999,Boshra Salem, professor, founder and the Chair of the Department of Environmental Science,Mohammed Aboul-Fotouh Hassab (1913–2000) – Professor of gastro-intestinal surgery; creator of surgical procedure known as Hassab's decongestion operation, Mohamed Hashish (Faculty of Engineering) Research scientist best known as the father of the abrasive water jet cutter,Yahya El Mashad (Faculty of Engineering, 1952) Egyptian nuclear physicist, Mo Ibrahim (Faculty of Engineering) Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire, Ahmed A. Moneim (Faculty of Dentistry) - Egyptian American Dentist, Abdel Wahab El-Messiri (Faculty of the Arts, 1959) – Coordinator of anti-Mubarak movement Kefaya (2007–2008), Tawfiq Saleh (English literature, 1949) – Film director, Ossama Salem (Faculty of Engineering,1988 - Professor and Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University, New York, USA), Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi (Faculty of Medicine) co-founder of Hamas.

No 11. Cairo University


Cairo University, was Founded in 1908 and was the region’s first secular university. This is a large public university with over 45,000 students and 5,000 faculties. She hosts thousands of international students during the academic year.

With hub of research, Cairo University in Egypt publishes its prestigious Medical Journal of Cairo University, as well as publications in interdisciplinary science of pharmacology, information technology, and political science.

Her Prominent alumni include cryptographer Dr. Taher Elgamal, whose work on digital signatures has been adopted by the American National Institute of Standards and Technology, and NASA researcher Taher Elgamal, who participated in the Curiosity’s historic landing on Mars in August.

No 12. University Of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad in Morocco

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the University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad was Established in 1978, as it is a relatively young institution, but despite its short history has become a major university in Morocco.

The university comprises of 13 academic institutions, the majority of which are located in Marrakech, the capital of Morocco. Outside of Marrakech are the Faculty of Technology in Essaouira, the University Cente in Kelaa of Essraghna, and the Technology, Multidisciplinary and Applied Sciences Schools in Safi.

The University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad has also developed an e-learning program, offering a number of courses online and helping increase access to education for some of the poorest and most remote areas of Morocco.

Scientific research is a great source of pride for the university, and with more than 1,400 research professors and 146 research facilities it has become a leading scientific and technological centre in Morocco. The MOSS Project, run by a French-Moroccan-Swiss partnership, is a university-linked observatory in the Atlas Mountains. This project has been responsible for the discovery of two major comets and one near-Earth object (NEO), and as such the project is generally considered a great source of prestige for the university.

No 13. University Of South Africa in South Africa


TheUniversity of South Africais the largest university on the African continent, which attracts a third of all higher education students in South Africa.

The university has over 300,000 students, including African and international students in 130 countries worldwide, making it one of the world'smega universities.

Unisa is a dedicated opendistance educationinstitution. Open distance learning (ODL) entails a student-centered approach that gives students flexibility and choice over what, when, where, and how they learn, and provides them with extensive student support.

As a comprehensive university, Unisa offers both vocational and academic programmes, many of which have received international accreditation, as well as an extensive geographical footprint, giving their students recognition and employability in many countries of the world over.

No 14. University Of Ibadan in Nigeria


UI as it is fondly referred to, is the first University in Nigeria. Until 1962 when it became a fully fledged independent University, it was a College of the University of London in a special relationship scheme. The University, which took off with academic programmes in Arts, Science and Medicine, is now a comprehensive citadel of learning with academic programmes in thirteen Faculties namely, Arts, Science, Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry, the Social Sciences, Education, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Technology, Law, Public Health and Dentistry.

The University has other academic units among which are: Institute of Child Health, Institute of Education, Institute of African Studies, Centre for Child Adolescent and Mental Health, Centre for Educational Media Resource Studies, African Regional Centre for Information Science (ARCIS), Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CEPACS), Centre for Petroleum, Energy, Economics and Law (CPEEL), Centre for Sustainable Development (CESDEV), and Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI),Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training (IAMRAT), Centre for Drug Discovery, Development & Production (CDDDP), Centre for Control & Prevention of Zoonosis (CCPZ).

There are twelve Halls of Residence which provide accommodation for about 30% of the population of students in the regular studies mode; and three others under construction with the support of the FG Revitalization Funds. The University has 1212 housing units, out of which of which 609 units are occupied by senior staff and 603 units by junior staff.

Through Its Alumni, the University of Ibadan has, in the past six decades contributed significantly to the political, industrial, economic and cultural development of Nigeria.

No 15. Mohammed V University Of Rabat in Morocco


The Mohammed V University is the first university, founded in December 21, 1957 by King Mohammed V after Morocco’s independence, has provided the training of high level executives both administrative and teachings in the country.

The university was split into two independent universities in 1992 (Mohammed V University at Souissi and Mohammed V University at Agdal).

With seven training institutions and three research institutes, the University Mohammed V at Souissi covers various areas of education, namely: Life Sciences and Health, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences with 10 faculties.

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