Africa.com a website that provides all information about Africa recently published their 2015 edition of the best universities in Africa excluding South Africa and Egypt. In their quest to determine the best universities in Africa, they collected both quantitative and qualitative data to determine which universities in Africa would make our Top 5 List.
The reason for their exclusion of South Africa was that the “Top 5 List would be dominated by South African universities, and would not be useful to those seeking a pan-African perspective.” This is because South African Universities are in a class of their own in comparison to other African Universities. Egyptian universities were excluded in the site’s 2015 Ranking Edition due to what they termed as “extraordinary disruption of academic life in Egypt over the last year.”
The other criteria used to determine the top 5 universities in Africa include undergraduate and graduate school reputation among higher education peers, student selectivity for entering undergraduate class, quality and quantity of faculty research, including depth of research facilities and engagement beyond immediate community, and international student ratio—the degree to which institution draws students from outside of its national boundaries.
Based on that, here’s the Top 5 Universities in Africa according to Africa.com:
1. Makerere University – Kampala, Uganda
Up from the forth position in the 2014 Edition that included Egyptian University, the largest and oldest University in Uganda was considered the best in Africa. Makerere University was founded in 1922 and became independent in 1970. Spread across three campuses, Makerere University has a population of over 40,000, with more than five percent of the student body made up of international students. Makerere offers 145 undergraduate programs, over 140 Postgraduate programs, and 135 Masters Degree programs.
2. University of Ghana – Accra, Ghana
Ranked at position 8 in 2014, the University of Ghana climbed to second position in the 2015 edition. With a student population of around 30,000 (including over 1,000 international students), the University of Ghana is the oldest and largest public university in the country.
3. University of Nairobi – Nairobi, Kenya
From the 5th position in 2014, the University of Nairobi makes it to position 3 in the 2015 edition of the Africa.com ranking of African Universities. The university is home to about 57,000 students, and boasts an extensive range of research faculties, from biotechnology and bioinformatics to HIV prevention and research, from nuclear science and technology to tropical and infectious diseases.
4. University of Ibadan – Ibadan, Nigeria
The University of Ibadan did not appear in the top 10 list of 2014. This is the oldest university in the continents’ most populous country, Nigeria. It has a population of over 35,000 students, including 13,000 undergraduates, 7,000 postgraduates, and 14,000 distance learning students. With a total of 13 faculties – including Agriculture and Forestry, Veterinary Medicine and Technology – and 300 professors, UI produces an average of 3,000 postgraduate and PhD students every year.
5. University of Botswana – Gaborone, Botswana.
From position 7 in 2014, the University of Botswana closes the top 5 list for the 2015 Edition of the Best Universities in Africa. Established in the early 1980s as the country’s first institution of higher education, the University of Botswana is now home to nearly 19,000 students. Females make up more than 55 percent, with an undergraduate population of over 15,000, and more than to 3,000 postgraduate students, all taught by a total of 890 academic staff members.