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### Top 10 African Universities for 2024 Revealed: UNILAG and UI Absent

  • EduRank has revealed the top tertiary institutions in Africa by naming the 100 best universities on the continent.
  • EduRank, an independent ranking system that evaluates higher education institutions globally based on metrics, recently published the latest rankings.
  • Notably, according to the rankings reported by, no Nigerian university secured a spot in the top 10 across Africa.

Ridwan Adeola Yusuf, a journalist at, boasts over 9 years of experience covering public journalism and the education sector in Nigeria.

FCT, – The 2024 list of the top 10 universities in Africa, as determined by EduRank, a prominent source for social media analytics in the education domain, has been unveiled.

Nigeria’s University of Ibadan in number 13 as EduRank names best universities in AfricaEduRank unveils top African universities for 2024. Photo credit: Camille Tokerud

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The rankings, as per information on the organization’s website, are based on research outputs, non-academic prominence, and alumni influence.

It further explained that these rankings stem from an analysis of 24.5 million citations received by 2.16 million academic publications from 1,104 African universities. understands that EduRank employs various statistical analyses to compile comparative university rankings across different fields, countries, regions, and globally.

Despite the absence of Nigerian universities in the top 10, the highest-ranked Nigerian institution is the (UI), holding the 13th position in Africa and 1057th globally.

The University of (UNILAG) secured the 23rd spot in Africa and ranks 1,431 globally.

Below is the list of the top 10 universities in Africa for 2024:

1. University of Cape Town

Founded in 1829 as the South African College, UCT initially served as a high school for boys before expanding its tertiary education offerings significantly after 1880.

2. University of the Witwatersrand

Situated in Johannesburg, South Africa, the University of Witwatersrand has a history intertwined with mining, political activism, civic engagement, and the growth of Johannesburg.

3. University of Stellenbosch

SU, a public research university located in Stellenbosch, South Africa, is the oldest university in Sub-Saharan Africa alongside UCT, both attaining full university status on the same day in 1918.

4. University of Pretoria

As one of Africa’s leading universities, UP is recognized for its significant contributions to socially impactful research aimed at addressing global challenges.

5. Cairo University

Cairo University is renowned for its academic excellence and research contributions, consistently ranking among the top universities in Egypt and Africa.

6. University of KwaZulu-Natal

UKZN in South Africa offers a wide array of academic programs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, positioning itself as one of the country’s most productive research institutions.

7. Makerere University

Established in 1922 in Kampala, Uganda, Makerere University evolved from a technical school to a prestigious institution of higher learning in East and Central Africa, housing faculties across various disciplines.

8. University of Nairobi

The University of Nairobi in Kenya, founded in 1970, is a prominent collegiate research institution with a rich educational history dating back to 1956.

9. University of Johannesburg

This institution, known for its comprehensive approach to education, boasts a diverse student body exceeding 50,000 individuals, including over 3,000 international students from 80 nations.

10. University of South Africa

Unisa stands as an open-learning institution renowned for its global reach, making it one of the largest universities in the world.

The complete Africa ranking can be viewed .

Proposed Wigwe University previously featured a captivating video showcasing the envisioned design of Wigwe University, set to launch within a year.

The university, a brainchild of the late Herbert Wigwe, a revered entrepreneur who tragically passed away in a helicopter crash in the USA on February 9, 2024, aimed to establish a premier educational institution in Africa with exceptional facilities and academic standards.