Top 100 best universities in Africa

Top 100 Best Universities in Africa 2021

Research has shown that most employers prefer hiring students graduates from well reputable and good ranking universities. As a student, it is good to do your course in top-ranking universities to increase your chances of getting employed. Our list of the top 100 best universities in Africa is based on uniRank released in 2021.

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To answer the question; what are the best universities in Africa? uniRank bases their 2021 African university ranking of recognized institutions of higher learning on three criteria;

  • being chartered, licensed and/or accredited by the appropriate higher education-related organization in each country
  • Offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees)
  • Delivering courses predominantly in a traditional, face-to-face, non-distance education format

According to their website, uniRank indicates that their ranking is valid and unbiased and not influenced by anyone.

It goes on to note that they get their data from independent web intelligent sources, and not universities themselves.

Only one of the best Kenyan universities outperformed giants to appear in the top 20 list. That is the University of Nairobi, which comes from number 7 last year to number 9 in 2021.

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2021 List of Top 100 Universities in Africa

Here’s a list of top 100 universities in Africa and the country they are located in;

Rank University Country
1 University of Cape Town South Africa
2 University of Pretoria South Africa
3 University of the Witwatersrand South Africa
4 Universiteit Stellenbosch South Africa
5 University of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
6 The American University in Cairo Egypt
7 North-West University South Africa
8 University of Johannesburg South Africa
9 University of Nairobi Kenya
10 Cairo University Egypt
11 University of the Western Cape South Africa
12 Rhodes University South Africa
13 Addis Ababa University Ethiopia
14 University of Ghana ghana
15 Mansoura University Egypt
16 University of the Free State South Africa
17 University of Botswana Botswana
18 Makerere University Uganda
19 Nelson Mandela University South Africa
20 University of Zambia Zambia
21 Cape Peninsula University of Technology South Africa
22 University of Dar es Salaam Tanzania
23 Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport Egypt
24 Kenyatta University Kenya
25 Durban University of Technology Algeria
26 Université Mohamed Boudiaf de M’sila Algeria
27 University of Lagos Nigeria
28 Ain Shams University Egypt
29 Université de la Reunion Reunion
30 Tshwane University of Technology South Africa
31 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Ghana
32 Covenant University Nigeria
33 Université Cadi Ayyad Morocco
34 Namibia University of Science and Technology Namibia
35 Universidade Eduardo Mondlane Mozambique
36 Université Frères Mentouri de Constantine 1 Algeria
37 Université Cheikh Anta Diop Senegal
38 University of Khartoum Sudan
39 Africa University Zimbabwe
40 Alexandria University Egypt
41 Université Abou Bekr Belkaid de Tlemcen Algeria
42 University of Namibia Namibia
43 University of Ibadan Nigeria
44 Université Mohammed V Morocco
45 Sudan University of Science and Technology Sudan
46 University of Nigeria Nigeria
47 Université Abderrahmane Mira de Béjaia Algeria
48 University of Tripoli Libya
49 Strathmore University Kenya
50 Université Al Akhawayn Morocco
51 Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediène Algeria
52 Jimma University Ethiopia
53 Université Ferhat Abbas Sétif 1 Algeria
54 Central University of Technology South Africa
55 Kampala International University Uganda
56 Université Mouloud Maameri de Tizi Ouzou Algeria
57 Université Abdelhamid Ibn Badis de Mostaganem Algeria
58 Rivers State University Nigeria
59 University of Fort Hare South Africa
60 Al-Azhar University Egypt
61 The German University in Cairo Egypt
62 Université Ahmed Ben Bella d’Oran 1 Algeria
63 Assiut University Egypt
64 Benha University Egypt
65 University of Rwanda Rwanda
66 Université Hassan II de Casablanca Morocco
67 Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Kenya
68 Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah Morocco
69 Université Mohamed Khider de Biskra Algeria
70 United States International University Africa Kenya
71 Université Kasdi Merbah de Ouargla Algeria
72 Uganda Christian University Uganda
73 Université Ibn Tofail Morocco
74 University of Limpopo South Africa
75 University of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
76 Université Hassiba Ben Bouali de Chlef Algeria
77 Obafemi Awolowo University Nigeria
78 University of Port Harcourt Nigeria
79 Université Badji Mokhtar de Annaba Algeria
80 University of Cape Coast ghana
81 Université 8 Mai 1945 Guelma Algeria
82 Ahmadu Bello University Nigeria
83 Moi University Kenya
84 Université Ibn Zohr Morocco
85 Egerton University Kenya
86 Université Hadj Lakhder de Batna 1 Algeria
87 Zagazig University Egypt
88 Université Benyoucef Benkhedda d’Alger 1 Algeria
89 University of Ilorin Nigeria
90 University of Benin Nigeria
91 Helwan University Nigeria
92 University of Mauritius Mauritius
93 Université des Sciences et de la Technologie d’Oran Mohamed Boudiaf Algeria
94 Libyan International Medical University Libya
95 Vaal University of Technology South Africa
96 Tanta University Egypt
97 Misr University for Science and Technology Egypt
98 Sokoine University of Agriculture Tanzania
99 Université Tahar Moulay de Saida Algeria
100 Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Nigeria