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Makerere ranked 4th best varsity in Africa


Uganda’s Makerere University is the only institution outside South Africa to make the top five in fourth place.

Makerere is now ranked 4th best African university.

Worldwide, Uganda’s most prestigious institution is ranked 25th after Kenyan and Sudanese universities.

South Africa’s University of Cape Town topped a “Times Higher Education snap shot” ranking of the best universities in Africa thanks to its highly-cited research, a strong international outlook and an ability to attract large sums of money from industry.

It leads a strong showing for the country, which claims two-fifths (six) of the list’s 15 places, including the University of the Witwatersrand in second place, Stellenbosch University in third, the University of KwaZulu-Natal in fifth and the University of Pretoria in sixth place.

Overall, institutions from seven countries feature in the ranking, which uses the same methodology as the flagship THE World University Rankings.

It has been published ahead of [THE]’s second Africa Universities Summit, which will be held at the University of Ghana from 27 to 29 April 2016.

Egypt is the second-most represented nation in the table with three institutions – Suez Canal University, Alexandria University and Cairo University taking ninth, 10th and 11th place, respectively – while Morocco comes third with the University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad in 12th place and Mohammed V University of Rabat in 15th place.

Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda each have one institution in the ranking

Best universities in Africa 2016: top 15

Rank Institution Country
1 University of Cape Town South Africa
2 University of the Witwatersrand South Africa
3 Stellenbosch University South Africa
4 Makerere University Uganda
5 University of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
6 University of Pretoria South Africa
7 University of Ghana Ghana
8 University of Nairobi Kenya
9 Suez Canal University Egypt
10 Alexandria University Egypt
11 Cairo University Egypt
12 University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad Morocco
13 University of South Africa South Africa
14 University of Ibadan Nigeria
15 Mohammed V University of Rabat Morocco


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