THE Ranking 2015: Top 30 Universities In Africa
If I ask you this question: What are the best Universities in Africa?
I’m sure you might start quoting results from the following University ranking systems:
- Journals consortium
However, your answers may take a major shift soon. This is because one of the best and wildly popular University ranking systems in the world – Times Higher Education (THE) has started ranking a considerable number of African universities. It recently released a top 30 list ranking the best Universities in Africa.
The list shows what a new ranking being discussed at the THE’s inaugural Africa Universities Summit might look like. Only universities from 10 African countries made the top 30 list.
South African Universities dominate the list
South Africa universities dominated the list followed by universities from Northern Africa. In total, South Africa universities appeared 12 times and universities from North Africa 11 times.
University of Cape Town unsurprisingly topped the list, followed by University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and Makerere University in Uganda.
Only 3 Universities from West Africa made the list. They are:
- University of Port Harcourt (Nigeria) – 6th.
- University of Ghana (Ghana) —12th.
- University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon) – 29th.
Addis Ababa University is the only university from Northeastern Africa to make the list. University of Nairobi in Kenya is the second and only country from east Africa to make the top 30 list. According to Phil Baty, editor of the THE world University Rankings, this top 30 list is designed “to get a conversation going”.
“Naturally what you find is the richer, better-funded universities in Cape Town and Johannesburg, that are more likely to attract and retain the leading scholars; they can offer slightly better terms and conditions and it means they are publishing higher quality work in higher quality academic journals,” he said.
How the list was generated
The top 30 list of best African universities was calculated using the ratio of citations received by an institution’s publication output between 2009 and 2013 and the total citations that would be expected based on the average of the subject field.
Requirement to be included in the table
An institution must have published a minimum of 500 research papers in the five-year period assessed (2009-2013), with at least 50 papers per year.
Top 30 Universities in Africa list
|Rank||Name||Country||All publications (2008-13)||Citation Score|
|1||University of Cape Town||South Africa||5540.21||99.90|
|2||University of the Witwatersrand||South Africa||4387.17||99.76|
|4||Stellenbosch University||South Africa||4357.33||95.48|
|5||University of KwaZulu-Natal||South Africa||4235.09||89.41|
|6||University of Port Harcourt||Nigeria||573.55||88.92|
|7||University of the Western Cape||South Africa||1154.77||84.61|
|8||University of Nairobi||Kenya||671.72||84.60|
|9||University of Johannesburg||South Africa||2192.74||83.64|
|10||University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad||Morocco||910.82||78.61|
|11||University of Pretoria||South Africa||4544.33||75.89|
|12||University of Ghana||Ghana||804.53||73.31|
|13||University of South Africa||South Africa||981.67||72.51|
|14||Suez Canal University||Egypt||998.98||69.69|
|15||University of Hassan II Casablanca||Morocco||960.25||69.03|
|16||Addis Ababa University||Ethiopia||893.90||64.84|
|17||Rhodes University||South Africa||1296.96||64.54|
|18||University of the Free State||South Africa||1512.56||62.83|
|19||North-West University||South Africa||1707.94||60.75|
|20||University of Tunis||Tunisia||879.63||57.26|
|21||Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Sfax||Tunisia||822.31||57.24|
|22||Université Mohammed V — Agdal||Morocco||1503.69||56.85|
|23||American University in Cairo||Egypt||700.89||56.40|
|24||Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University||South Africa||885.77||53.29|
|25||South Valley University||Egypt||636.85||52.49|
|28||University of Sfax||Tunisia||2355.30||49.79|
|29||University of Yaounde I||Cameroon||876.33||49.72|