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Here are the top 10 universities in Africa for 2020




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Renowned Higher Education Marketing Company, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), has released its widely anticipated World University Rankings for 2020. The ranking, according to QS, is “analyzed through the lens of research impact, academic standing, internationalization, student/staff ratio, graduate employability, and teaching capacity.”

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Out of the 1000 universities from 82 locations that were selected, only 17 African universities made the list.


Making theglobal top 10 list are 5 universities from the United States, 4 from the United Kingdom and 1 from Switzerland. For the eighth year in a row, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) came up tops with an overall score of 100.

The others, by order of rank are Stanford University, Harvard University, University of Oxford, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, University of Cambridge, University College London, Imperial College London and University of Chicago.

African universities that didn’t make the top 10 but were part of the 17 universities on the list include: Rhodes University (South Africa), University of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa), University of the Western Cape (South Africa), German University in Cairo, Makerere University (Uganda), North-West University (South Africa) and University of Nairobi.


10     Assiut University
Global Rank: 801-1000

Assiut University is a university located in Assiut, Egypt. It was established in October 1957 as the first university in Upper Egypt. The university includes 16 faculties and three institutes.


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9.  Alexandria University (Egypt)
Global Rank: 801-1000


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8. Ain Shams University (Egypt)
Global Rank: 801-1000

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7.  University of Pretoria (South Africa)
Global Rank: 551-560

6.  Cairo University (Egypt)
Global Rank: 521-530

5.University of Johannesburg (South Africa)
Global Rank: 501-510

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4.  Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
Global Rank: 427

3.  University of Witwatersrand (South Africa)
Global Rank: 400

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, is a multi-campus South African public research university situated in the northern areas of central Johannesburg. It is more commonly known as Wits University or Wits . The university has its roots in the mining industry, as do Johannesburg and the Witwatersrand in general. Founded in 1896 as the South African School of Mines in Kimberley, it is the third oldest South African university in continuous operation.

2.  The American University in Cairo (Egypt)
Global Rank: 395

The American University in Cairo (AUC; ) is an independent, English language, private, research university in CairoEgypt. The university offers American-style learning programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels, along with a continuing education program.

The AUC student body represents over 50 countries. AUC’s faculty members, adjunct teaching staff and visiting lecturers are internationally diverse and include academics, business professionals, diplomats, journalists, writers and others from the United States, Egypt and other countries.

  1. University of Cape Town (South Africa)
    Global Rank: 198
    Overall Score: 44.1

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College making it the oldest higher education institute in South Africa. In terms of full university status, it is jointly the oldest university in South Africa and the oldest extant university in Sub-Saharan Africa alongside Stellenbosch University which received full university status on the same day in 1918.