The American newspaper US News has published its latest ranking “2022-2023 Best Global Universities”. Hereafter the ranking of the best universities in Africa – 2023.
The American newspaper US News has published its latest ranking “2022-2023 Best Global Universities”. Hereafter the ranking of the best universities in Africa – 2023. It is intended to help students seeking prestigious universities to better navigate the higher education environment. Leadership!
To create the pool of 2,011, U.S. News first included the top 250 universities in the results of Clarivate’s global reputation survey, described further below. Next, they added any other institutions that met the minimum threshold of at least 1,250 papers published from 2016 to 2020. Therefore, this paper threshold is unchanged from last year. Those two criteria created the final 2022-2023 ranking pool of 2,011 institutions from which the top-scoring 2,000 universities are ranked in the overall ranking.
As a result of these criteria, many stand-alone graduate schools, including Rockefeller University in New York and the University of California—San Francisco, were eligible to be ranked and were included in the ranking universe.
The second step was to calculate the rankings using the 13 indicators and weights that U.S. News chose to measure global research performance. Each of the school’s profile pages on usnews.com lists the overall global score as well as numerical ranks for the 13 indicators, allowing students to compare each school’s standing in each indicator.
The indicators and their weights in the ranking formula are listed in the table below, with related indicators grouped together; an explanation of each follows.
|Global research reputation||12.5%|
|Regional research reputation||12.5%|
|Normalized citation impact||10%|
|Number of publications that are among the 10% most cited||12.5%|
|Percentage of total publications that are among the 10% most cited||10%|
|International collaboration – relative to country||5%|
|Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited in their respective field||5%|
|Percentage of total publications that are among the top 1% most highly cited papers||5%|
Ranking of the best universities in Africa – 2023
|Rank in Africa||University||City||Country||Global score||Global ranking|
|1||University of Cape Town||Cape Town||South Africa||68,00||125|
|2||University of Witwatersrand||Johannesburg||South Africa||60,80||244|
|3||Stellenbosch University||Stellenbosch||South Africa||58,10||304|
|4||University of Ibadan||Ibadan||Nigeria||56,10||344|
|6||University of Kwazulu Natal||Durabn||South Africa||55,30||370|
|7||University of Johannesburg||Johannesburg||South Africa||53,90||421|
|9||University of Pretoria||Hatdied||South Africa||53,10||452|
|10||North West University||Potchefstroom||South Africa||51,70||487|
|12||Ain Shams University||Cairo||Egypt||50,00||540|
|13||Addis Ababa University||Addis Ababa||Ethiopia||49,00||573|
|14||University of Lagos||Lagos||Nigeria||48,60||587|
|16||University of the Western Cape||Belville||South Africa||47,70||625|
|17||Kafrelsheikh University||Kafr El-Sheikh||Egypt||47,20||639|
|19||Kwame Nkrumah University Science & Technology||Kumasi||Ghana||46,00||688|
|21||University of Zambia||Lusaka||Zambia||45,10||725|
|22||Al Azhar University||Cairo||Egypt||44,60||739|
|24||University of Nairobi||Nairobi||Kenya||43,30||794|
|25||Suez Canal University||Ismailia||Egypt||43,00||807|
|26||University of South Africa||Pretoria||South Africa||42,50||821|
|28||Hassan II University of Casablanca||Casablanca||Morocco||41,80||860|
|29||Mohammed First University of Oujda||Oujda||Morocco||41,50||871|
|30||University of the Free State||Bloemfontein||South Africa||41,40||875|
|31||University of Ghana||Legon||Ghana||40,80||907|
|32||Universite de Tunis-El-Manar||Tunis||Tunisia||40,50||920|
|33||Menofia University||Shebin El Koum||Egypt||40,30||928|
|34||University of Gondar||Gondar||Ethiopia||40,20||930|
|35||Rhodes University||Grahamstown||South Africa||40,10||935|
|38||Beni Suef University||Beni Suef||Egypt||39,70||959|
|39||Fayoum University||Al Fayoum||Egypt||39,20||977|
|40||University of Yaounde I||Yaounde||Cameroon||38,90||992|
|41||Mohammed V University in Rabat||Rabat||Morocco||38,70||1002|
|41||Tshwane University of Technology||Pretoria||South Africa||38,70||1002|
|43||Universite de Sfax||Sfax||Tunisia||38,40||1017|
|45||Obafemi Awolowo University||Ile-Ife||Nigeria||36,80||1088|
|46||Sohag University||Nasir City||Egypt||36,70||1095|
|47||Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech||Marrakech||Morocco||36,60||1101|
|48||University of Zimbabwe||Harare||Zimbabwe||34,50||1190|
|49||University of Nigeria||Nsukka||Nigeria||34,40||1198|
|50||Universite de Carthage||Tunis||Tunisia||34,10||1216|
Egypt and South Africa are by far the countries with the best universities in Africa, with 17 and 12 respectively in the ranking. They are followed by Nigeria and Morocco with 4 universities each. Then come Ethiopia and Tunisia, followed by Ghana, and finally Zambia, Uganda and Kenya. Note that only 10 countries are represented in this ranking.
|Country||Number of Universities||Average ranking||Average Scoring|