The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities is an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain. They have ranked the universities in Africa based on various parameters.

20) Zagazig University

Zagazig University is an Egyptian university in the city of Zagazig, the capital of Al Sharqia Governorate

It was founded in 1974. The university is working towards increasing external research funding. It also intends to achieve computer automation for all university information systems.


19) Obafemi Awolowo University

This Nigerian university is owned and operated by the federal government, Founded in 1962 as the University of Ife but rechristened by the Federal Military Government as the Obafemi Awolowo University on May 12, 1987. The university serves more than 35,000 students. It is located in the ancient city of Ife, Nigeria.


18) Addis Ababa University

Addis Ababa University is a state university located in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. The university has 13 campuses. Originally called the University College of Addis Ababa at its establishment in 1950.


17) Benha University

Benha University is an Egyptian university located in Benha, Egypt. Established in 1976, first as branch of Zagazig University, this university is committed to provide equal opportunities for students.


16) North-West University (NWU)

The North-West University is a public university that was established in 2004 by merger of existing institutions, University of North West and Potchefstroom University of Christian Higher Education. The Potchefstroom Campus (founded in 1869) is the largest, and the head office of the University is situated at this location. With its merged status, the North-West University became one of the largest universities in South Africa.


15) Alexandria University

Alexandria University is a public research university in Alexandria, Egypt. This university is the second largest university in Egypt and it was established in 1938 as a satellite of Fuad University, becoming an independent entity in 1942.


14) University of Johannesburg (UJ)

The University of Johannesburg is a public university. Established in 2005, this university is one of the largest comprehensive contact universities in South Africa.


13) Makerere University

The Makerere University is the largest institution of higher learning in Uganda, in 1922. Makerere University Kampala is Uganda’s largest and third-oldest institution of higher learning. In 1963, it became the University of East Africa, in 1970 it was split into three independent universities: University of Nairobi (Kenya), University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), and Makerere University.


12) University of South Africa (UNISA)

The University of South Africa has a student headcount of 300,000. Popularly known as Unisa, this comprehensive university offers both vocational and academic programs.


11) Rhodes University

Located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, Rhodes was founded in 1904 as Rhodes University College. It became a constituent college of the University of South Africa in 1918 before becoming an independent university in 1951.


10) Mansoura University

Mansoura University was founded in 1972 in Mansoura city, Egypt, this Egyptian university is located at the middle of the Nile Delta in Egypt.


9) University of Nairobi

The University of Nairobi is the largest university in Kenya. It is serving around 62,000 students. It did not become an independent university until 1970. In this year, the University of East Africa was split into three independent universities: Makerere University in Uganda, the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and the University of Nairobi.


8) American University in Cairo

The American University in Cairo is the region’s premier English-language university, established in 1919. The university offers American-style learning programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels, along with a continuing education program.


7) University of the Western Cape

It was established in 1959, this public university is located in the Bellville suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. The University of the Western Cape has a history of creative struggle against oppression, discrimination and disadvantage.


6) University of Kwazulu Natal

This South African university has five campuses in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It was formed on 1 January 2004 after the merger between the University of Natal and the University of Durban-Westville.


5) University of the Witwatersrand

The University of the Witwatersrand is a multi-campus South African public research university. Founded in 1896 as the South African School of Mines in Kimberley, situated in the northern areas of central Johannesburg.


4) University of Pretoria

The university was established in 1908 as the Pretoria campus of the Johannesburg-based Transvaal University College and is the fourth South African institution in continuous operation to be awarded university status. This multi-campus public research university serves 39,000 students.


3) Stellenbosch University

Established in 1866, Stellensosch University is a leading public research university in South Africa. Stellenbosch University (abbreviated as US) designed and manufactured Africa’s first microsatellite, SUNSAT, launched in 1999.


2) Cairo University

Cairo University is a public university, previously known as the Egyptian University 1908–1940, then King Fuad I University 1940–1952 It currently enrolls around 155,000 students in 22 faculties. It was founded on 21 December 1908. It is the second oldest institution of higher education in Egypt after Al Azhar University.


1) University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town is a public research university located in Cape Town, South Africa. Founded in 1829, it is the oldest university in South Africa. It is the highest-ranked African university in the QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.


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