Africa’s top 15 universities in 2018 you need to know

Francis Akhalbey February 15, 2018
University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)

World-renowned higher education magazine, Times Higher Education, has released its highly anticipated World University Rankings for 2018. For the first time ever, two U.K. based universities occupied the first and second position.

About Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 list the top 1,000 universities in the world, making it our biggest international league table to date. It is the only global university performance table to judge research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. We use 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.The calculation of the rankings for 2018 has been subject to independent audit by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), making these the only global university rankings to be subjected to full, independent scrutiny of this nature. This year, we have made a slight improvement to how we handle our papers per academic staff calculation, and expanded the number of broad subject areas that we use. The top 1,000 represents no more than 5 per cent of the 20,000 higher education institutions in the world.

Oxford University held on to the first position for the second year in a row whilst Cambridge University propelled from fourth to second place. Some notable African Universities also made the prestigious list. In light of this, join Face2Face Africa as we highlight the top 15 Universities in Africa in 2018.

Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: February 15, 2018


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