10 best universities in Africa in 2015

US News & World Report have released the 2015/16 edition of the Best Global Universities (BGU) featuring a list of the top institutions in Africa.

Each institution was evaluated based on its research performance and its ratings by members of the academic community around the world and in the region.

The methodology – which is based on data and metrics provided by Thomson Reuters InCitesTM research analytics solutions – weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional reputation; academic research performance using bibliometric indicators; and school-level data on faculty and Ph.D. graduates.

Each subject ranking has its own, similar methodology.

“We have designed the rankings to be a starting point to help students and their families identify institutions that speak to their specific needs, whether they are planning on staying close to home or traveling abroad for college – or whether they are seeking a specific academic degree,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at US News.

In Africa, South Africa and Egypt dominate the rankings.

Top Universities in Africa

Local # Global # University Country
1 162 University of Cape Town South Africa
2 284 University of Witwatersrand South Africa
3 407 Stellenbosch University South Africa
4 435 University of KwaZulu Natal South Africa
5 515 Cairo University Egypt
6 550 University of Pretoria South Africa
7 562  University of Johannesburg South Africa
8 660 Makerere University Uganda
9 717 Ain Shams University Egypt
10 725 Alexandria University Egypt

Global ranking

The following countries have the most ranked institutions out of 750 schools on the overall Best Global Universities list:

  • United States: 181
  • China: 57
  • United Kingdom: 55
  • Germany: 50
  • Italy: 38

Harvard again topped the list for the best university on the planet.

These are the top 10 universities  globally:

# University Country
1 Harvard University USA
2 MIT USA
3 University of California, Berkeley USA
4 Stanford University USA
5 University of Oxford UK
6 University of Cambridge UK
7 California Institute of Technology USA
8 University of California, Los Angeles USA
9 Columbia University USA
10 University of Chicago USA

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