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Top 10 universities in Africa according to ranking

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings is a respected global authority on university performance…
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The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings is a respected global authority on university performance, assessing institutions on criteria such as academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, international faculty ratio, international student ratio, and research impact. QS, which is a global higher education network, has unveiled its World University Rankings for 2025. This ranking consists of more than 1,500 universities spanning 105 higher education systems. The United States has 197 institutions in the ranking, thereby securing its stop as the lead. Followed by the US is the United Kingdom with 90 institutions and China with 71 institutions.

The University of Cape Town is the highest-ranking institution in Africa, holding a global position of 171. Notably, Nigeria is represented by the University of Ibadan and the University of Lagos, both of which fall within the global ranking range of 1100 to 1200. Here’s the list of the Top 10 universities in Africa:

1. University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa (ranked #171)

2. University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (ranked #267)

3. Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa (ranked #296)

4. University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa (ranked #312)

5. Cairo University, Giza, Egypt (ranked #350)

6. University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa (ranked #354)

7. The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt (ranked #410)

8. University of Kwazulu-Natal, Pinetown, South Africa (ranked #587)

9. Ain Shams University in Cairo (ASU, Cairo) Cairo, Egypt (ranked #592)

10. Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ranked #771–780)

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