The international online Universities and Colleges ranking directory (www.4icu.org) recently published its current top 100 Universities and Best Colleges in Africa. According to the list, The top 10 best colleges in Africa consists of primarily universities in South Africa and Egypt
The Times Higher Education World University of Thomson reuters which is known for measuring performance of universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook also came up with their own list, This year’s top ranking universities employed carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.
According to the WORLD UNIVERSITY WEB RANKING, the 10 best colleges in Africa is as follows:
Africa’s Best Colleges
Best Colleges in Africa: World University Web Ranking
1. UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
Established 1st October 1829
Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price
Location Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
The University of Cape Town, UCT, has consistently been ranked at the top of Ivy League higher institutions in Africa.
2. UNIVERSITEIT STELLENBOSCH
Vice-Chancellor Russel Botman
Location Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
Stellenbosch University (or Universiteit Stellenbosch) is one of South Africa’s foremost research universities. Established in 1866, Stellenbosch boasts the privilege of designing and manufacturing Africa’s first microsatellite, SUNSAT, launched in 1999
3. CAIRO UNIVERSITY
President Dr. Hossam Mohamed Kamel Mahmoud
Location Giza, Giza, Egypt
This prestigious university was founded with the goal of making it the “prime indigenous model for other state universities in the region”. The university is located in Giza, Egypt (famous for its majestic pyramids) and is widely regarded as one of the most influential universities in the Middle East.
4. UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
Established 4 March 1908
Vice-Chancellor Cheryl de la Rey
Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
The university of Pretoria, UP, is another leading research university in South Africa and indeed the whole of Africa. UP has maintained its status the higher institution with highest research output in South Africa, since 1997; it also has one of the best Business Schools in Africa.
5. UNIVERSITY OF WITWATERSRAND
Vice-Chancellor Loyiso Nongxa
Location Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
The University of Witwatersrand (or Wits University) has a reputation for excellence. The third oldest South African public university, Wits is located in Johannesburg. It is not only famous for its academic excellence but its National Heritage sites, rock arts museums, amongst others
6. UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL
Established 1 January 2004 as merger of UN (est. 1910) and UDW (est. 1960s)
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Malegapuru William Makgoba
Location Durban, Westville, Pinetown and Pietermaritzburg,
KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa
The University of KwaZulu-Natal or UKZN is a South African university with five campuses spread out between two major cities, four in Durban and one in Pietermaritzburg, all within the province of KwaZulu-Natal. It was formed on 1 January 2004, as part of the South African “government’s reform aimed at reconfiguring and restructuring higher education”.
7. UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA
Type Public open distance learning university
Vice-Chancellor & Principal Prof MS Makhanya
Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
The University of South Africa, UNISA is the largest university in Africa and one of the world’s mega universities. Established in January 2004, the former Unisa merged with Technikon Southern Africa and Vista University (Vudec) to form the new Unisa. This merger brought together vast resources technical and physical, and infrastructure, while consolidating the knowledge bases built up over the years by the three independent institutions.
8. UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
Vice-Chancellor Brian O’Connell
Location Modderdam Road, Bellville, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
The University of the Western Cape, UWC, is an urban university located in Belleville, Western Cape, South Africa. It was originally set up for ‘coloureds’; the University has a proud history of creative struggle and triumph of the dark period apartheid.
9. RHODES UNIVERSITY
Established May 31, 1904
Vice-Chancellor Saleem Badat
Location Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
A legacy of the influential British-South African and imperialist Cecil Rhodes, Rhodes University is a public research university located in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It was established in 1904.
10. THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO
President Lisa Anderson
Provost Medhat Haroun
Location Cairo, Egypt
The American University of Cairo, AUC, is the brainchild of Americans devoted to education and service in the Middle East. Founded in 1919, the university was shaped by its founding president with the vision of merging cultures and creating an environment where English language can be used as a medium of instruction “based on high standards of conduct and scholarship and to contribute to the intellectual growth, discipline, and character of the future leaders of Egypt and the region.”
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