32 African universities in eight countries were ranked in the QS World University Rankings 2023, released in June 2022. Eleven of the thirty two universities were in the top 1000 list. The University of Cape Town and the University of Johannesburg were ranked highest, coming in position 237 and 412, respectively.
According to Simona Bizzozero, the director of communications at QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the American University in Cairo, ranked as the third-best university in Africa and was in position 416 globally. It was overall the most improved university on the continent.
On a country basis, Egypt was the best represented African country in the rankings, with 14 listed universities and South Africa came in second with nine Universities on the list of about 1400 institutions. Tunisia had three, Sudan two, while Ghana, Kenya, Morocco and Uganda posted one university each.
This year’s QS World University Rankings is the largest ever, with 1,418 institutions across 100 locations, up from 1,300 last year. On a global standing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) finished a record-extending 11th consecutive year as number one. The University of Cambridge rose to second place, while Stanford University remained in the third position.
In terms of other indicators; South African universities did well in the academic reputation indicator as well as in terms of international collaboration in research, with more than 50% of its ranked institutions having improved in these metrics.
The University of Sousse, Tunisia commanded Africa’s highest faculty per student ratio, an indicator of a university’s commitment to teaching and learning.
While the latest edition of the rankings reflects the excellent work that several African varsities are doing to improve their research footprint, the dataset also suggests that the African higher education sector still struggles to provide adequate teaching capacity and research.
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Article by Jedidah Mwangi