Why should international students choose to study in Africa of all study destinations? One simple reason is that you become a good-informed global citizen and because Africa is a vital world region with some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, you’re in a good place. That said, we’d like to take you on a tour through the most reputable universities in Africa for 2020.
As a curtain-raiser, we’ll take a look at the universities topping the charts this year. As always, this analysis is drawn from Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings data.
- University of Cape Town
- University of the Witswatersrand
- Stellenbosch University
- Aswan University
- Covenant University
- University of KwaZulu-Natal
- Mansoura University
Here comes the big moment; it’s time to reveal the distinguishing factors that made these institutions Africa’s finest. So, sit back relax and enjoy the ride.
1. University of Cape Town, UCT- SA
Founded in 1829, it is the oldest university in South Africa and the 2nd oldest in Africa. UCT’s vision is to be an inclusive, research-intensive African university that addresses the challenges of our time with cutting-edge, research and facilities.
Its researchers are invested in the creation of African-based solutions to global problems, including issues relating to climate change, urbanisation, safety and security, education and health. At UCT, students engage with the latest scholarly work and research discoveries.
2. University of the Witswatersrand, Wits- SA
One of the distinguishing traits of Wits is its philosophy of non-discrimination on the basis of race during the apartheid era. This led to intense conflict with the government, police raids and the detention of faculty and students. President Nelson Mandela is its most famous alumnus, he received the 1993 Nobel laureate for peace.
It is worthy of note that through the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, Wits medical school trains more specialists than any other university in southern Africa. Similarly, the Wits Disability Unit ensures that higher education is accessible to disabled students, caregivers and others in need of special provisions.
3. Stellenbosch University, SU- SA
Stellenbosch stays close to culture in that the main language of instruction is Afrikaans. In the same vein, assignments and exams can be completed in English and Afrikaans. Being highly research-intensive, the university performs strongly in subatomic physics and other fields of fundamental science. It also designed Africa’s first microsatellite in 1999.
Its 2040 vision is to cultivate a thriving university, to provide a transformative student experience, and foster purposeful partnerships and inclusive networks. It also seeks to promote networked and collaborative teaching and learning, to conduct research for impact, and to position SU as an employer of choice.
4. Aswan University- Egypt
Ranking 4th in the most reputable universities in Africa in 2020, it is located along the world-famous River Nile. It is also located close to many famous archaeological sites. They include the Unfinished Obelisk, the Archangel Michael’s Coptic cathedral, and the monastery of St Simeon. Aswan endeavours to ensure that students studying related courses have access to these historical sites when possible.
5. Covenant University, CU- Nigeria
As a private Christian institution, Covenant University was named the best private university in Nigeria in the 2018 rankings. It was also ranked the 6th best university overall by the Nigerian Universities Commission. It’s driven by a vision to raise a new generation of leaders and to reinstate the dignity of the black race. CU’s colleges span Business and Social Sciences, Leadership and Development Studies, Engineering, and Science and Technology.
6. University of KwaZulu-Natal, UKZN- SA
As a research-led university, UKZN runs innovative curricula, dynamic teaching and learning, and state-of-the-art laboratories. Its research activities span the natural, biomedical, humanities and social sciences. It partners with 46 countries to provide an opportunity for direct interface and global academic exchange, one that enhances scholarship and the student experience.
7. Mansoura University- Egypt
Located on the east bank of the Nile, Mansoura ranked 7th of the most reputable universities in Africa in 2020. It has 9 major hospitals and medical centres including a children’s hospital and a Medical Experimental Research Centre (MERC). It also has a Urology and Nephrology Centre, the largest of its kind on the African continent. The centre was established by renowned Egyptian urologist Mohamed Ghoneim.
Kudos to South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria who play host to the most reputable universities in Africa 2020. We hope these and other countries will make it to the chart next year while maintaining the top spots.