African universities move up in global rankings
The latest global ranking of top universities shows African and West Asian universities have made the most progress since 2018.
According to The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022, out of 1,662 universities that were ranked across 99 countries worldwide, Africa had 71 universities in the rankings, of which 23 were in Egypt and 11 each in South Africa and Algeria. Among the countries included for the first time were Ethiopia and Tanzania.
Nigeria, Morocco and Tunisia had six universities each, Ghana three, while Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda had one university each.
The University of Cape Town in South Africa was ranked 183rd overall and the only institution in Africa that was in the top 200 universities globally.
In addition to the University of Cape Town, eight other African universities were among the top 500 universities worldwide. They included Stellenbosch University and the University of the Witwatersrand, both from South Africa, which were placed in the category of 251-300.
Ghana’s University of Cape Coast was the fourth-best university in Africa, placed in the category of 301-350, while the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa, was fifth, placed in the group of 351-400.
Egypt’s Aswan University and its counterparts, Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, Nigeria’s University of Ibadan and South Africa’s Durban University of Technology, all in the category of 401-500, closed the list of African universities among the world’s top 500 universities.
In recent years, the number of African universities in the top 1,000 best universities in the world has increased in different global rankings.
But, whereas African universities increased their footprint in the world’s top universities, the emerging development is being driven by few countries, as more than 80% of the ranked universities are located in five countries: namely, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa.