Top 10 Best Universities in Africa

Africa is the original source of education. The very first known education institution in the world was in Egypt. Knowledge had migrated across the globe since the ancient times from Egypt to Rome to England and then to the United States of America.

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Despite this drift in educational supremacy, Africa still boasts of some of the best universities in the world. In this write up, you will learn about the top 10 universities in Africa.

Makerere University

It is located in Kampala Uganda.  The university was found in 1922. Its name was however changed in 1970 to Independent University of Uganda. The school is the oldest university in Uganda and also its largest education institution.

The institution is focused on research. It gives credence to education, economics and sciences.  The university has 3 campuses.  Over 5% of the students in the university are international students.

There are more than 40,000 students registered and there are up to 145 degree programs being offered.  They equally have more than 140 post graduate courses and 135 Masters Degree programs.  The medical school is among the best in Africa.

University of Ghana

It is located in Legon-Accra. Student population in the institution is up to 30,000.  International students are up to 1000 in number.  This is the largest and oldest public university in Ghana.  The school became an independent university in 1961; that was 2 years after the country’s independence.

The school is made up of 9 colleges and they offer various degree programs.  The research program in this school is also top class.  The school has partnership with a number of foreign organizations, like Common Wealth Universities Student Exchange Consortium and so on.

University of Nairobi

The institution is located in Nairobi Kenya.  The institution was created in 1956. It started off as technical college. It however became an independent institution on 1970. The university has up to 7 campuses today and there are 1600 academic staff members. Student population is up to 70,000; at least 90 of the student are PhD students.

The school offers more than 600 degree programs.  There are up 120 foreign students in the institution.  The school equally has ties with a number of foreign organizations. Up to 1000 research projects are ongoing in the institution.

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University of Ibadan

The university is located in Ibadan, Nigeria.  This is the oldest university in Nigeria. Its student population is up to 35,000; there are 13,000 undergraduates, 7,000 postgraduates and about 14,000 distance learning students.

The school has 13 faculties, including Technology, veterinary medicine, agriculture and forestry.  There are up to 300 professors in the institution. Every year, the institution produces up to 3000 graduates, both at the PhD and post graduate levels.

The institution equally has affiliation with quite a number of intentional institutions and organizations. Some of the students from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine located in the United States are sent for studies at University of Ibadan Teaching Hospital.

University of Botswana

It is located in Gaborone, Botswana. It was established in the early part of 1980s. It is the very first institution of higher learning in Botswana. The school boasts of up to 19,000 students in its admission.

Female students overpopulate by 55%. Undergraduate students are up to 15,000. Postgraduate students are up to 3,000.  Number of academic staff members is about 890. There are up to 9 research facilities in the institution; one of them is the very popular Okavango Research Institute.

University of Lagos

The university is located in Lagos, Nigeria. It was established in 1962. The institution began with just 72 students and total of 3 faculties. The institution had been involved in training professionals in various sectors in Nigerian.

There are more than 40,000 registered undergraduate students in the institution. Number of postgraduate students is about 12,000. PhD students number up to 100.  Academic staff members are up to 1,000.

The institution places much emphasis on research. Up to 1,700 research papers have been published in the institution, mainly from the medical, sciences and engineering faculties.

University of Dar Es Salaam

It is located in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The school was established in 1970 after the dissolution of University of East Africa, which included Nairobi University College in Kenya and Makerere University College in Uganda.

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It is the largest and oldest university in Tanzania.  It is spread across 5 campuses and it has up to 10 faculties. There are up to 600,000 volumes in its library. The library also has up to 2,800 periodic titles; 140 of these are current printed journals.

Ashesi University College

The institution is located in Berekuso, Ghana.  It was established in 2002. The institution had only 27 students at inception, but number of students has now grown to 600. 16% of these students are foreigners and up to half of the student population are females.

The institution has up to 20 international professors. The school offers various courses in different fields of human endeavors.

Addis Ababa University

The university is located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  It was first established some 60 years ago and started off as the University College of Addis Ababa.  This is Ethiopia’s oldest education institution.

When it started in 1950, the school had only 30 students. As at today, number of students has increased to 50,000. 34,000 of the students are undergraduates; 13,000 are postgraduates and 1,700 students are registered PhD program.

The institution has up to 6,000 members of staff with 2,400 of them being academic students.  The school is spread across 14 campuses. The school has up to 8 research institutes and each of the campuses has up to a dozen colleges.

Cheikh Anta Diop University

It is also called University of Dakar. It is located in Dakar Senegal. Cheick Anta Diop was a very popular Senegalese historian and anthropologist. It is a francophone university; all its courses are taught in French.

The school was actually established in 1918 as a medical school. It presently has up to 60,000 students on admission. A good number of the students on admission in this school are international students. It offers varieties of degree programs.


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