World University Rankings 2023: These Are the Best Universities in Africa

World University Rankings 2023: These Are the Best Universities in Africa

The Times Higher Education (THE) has released its World University Rankings for the year 2023. According to the British magazine, which specialises in higher education worldwide, the ranking includes 1,799 universities across 104 countries and regions.

Checks by indicate that no university in Africa makes it to the top 100.

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These are the best universities in Africa for 2023

According to the 2023 University World ranking, the best university in Africa is the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The university is ranked 160th globally.

Stellenbosch University and the University of Witwatersrand, also in South Africa, jointly occupy the second spot as they are ranked within number 251 - 300.

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The University of Cape Coast in Ghana is ranked within number 351 - 400 and occupies the fourth spot in Africa.

Best universities in Africa

S/NUniversitiesCountryAfrica RankingGlobal Ranking
1.University of Cape TownSouth Africa1160
2.Stellenbosch UniversitySouth Africa2251 - 300
3University of WitwatersrandSouth Africa2 251 - 300
4.University of Cape CoastGhana4351 - 400
5.Aswan UniversityEgypt 5401-500
6.University of IbadanNigeria5401-500
7.University of KwaZulu-NatalSouth Africa5401-500
8.University of LagosNigeria5401-500
9.Jimma UniversityEthiopia6501-600
10.Damietta UniversityEgypt6501-600
11.Durban University of TechnologySouth Africa6501-600
12.Kafrelsheikh UniversityEgypt6501-600
13.University of ZambiaZambia6501-600

2023: Times Higher Education World University Rankings

The Times Higher Education (THE)'s World University Rankings is an annual publication that ranks universities worldwide.

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Listed universities are assessed based on performance indicators that cut across four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

The 2023 ranking analysed over 121 million citations across more than 15.5 million research publications and included survey responses from 40,000 scholars globally.

Top 10 universities in Nigeria in 2023

The Times Higher Education 2023 also shows the best universities in Nigeria.

According to the ranking, the University of Ibadan and the University of Lagos share the top spot in Nigeria.

Both universities, which are federal government-owned, ranked between 401 and 500 globally. Covenant University, a private varsity, is the third-best in the country and ranked between 601 and 800 globally.


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