South Africa’s University of Cape Town has once again been ranked the best university in Africa ahead of second placed University of the Witwatersrand, also South African, in The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings..
The University of Ghana notably came at 7th best university in Africa making it the topmost University in the West Africa sub-region, and indeed at the national level.
The ranking placed East African giant, Uganda’s Makerere University at fourth, making it the only institution outside South Africa to make the top five.
THE World University Ranking is being published ahead of THE’s second Africa Universities Summit, which will be held at the University of Ghana from 27 to 29 April 2016 on the theme: Globalization and Policy Directions for African Higher Education.
Nico Cloete, director of the Centre for Higher Education Trust and coordinator of the Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa, said that four institutions in the list Cape Town, Makerere, Nairobi and Ghana have adopted strategies to become research-led flagship universities in their country and seen significant increases in doctoral graduates and research outputs during the last five years.
Phil Baty, THE rankings editor, said: This snapshot ranking is based on the same criteria as the World University Rankings but we are keen to develop a bespoke range of metrics, following a public consultation, for a full Africa University Ranking.
University of Ghana Vice Chancellor, Ernest Aryeetey obviously elated at this news said: “Our investments in research are beginning to pay off. Our reforms have been extremely beneficial. I am grateful to all the hardworking researchers and others who have made our consistent rise possible”.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, are generated from five pillars, each of which represents a key area of higher education excellence – teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), industry income (knowledge transfer), and international outlook (staff, students and research).
The Africa ranking applies the same performance indicators as the overall THE World University Rankings.
Top 15 Universities in Africa
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