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10 African Universities Make CWUR’s list of Top 1000 Universities in the World



University of Witwatersand, Johannessburg

University of Witwatersand, Johannessburg

The Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) has released its 2016 Top 1000 Universities in the world.

The ranking, released on Monday, placed Harvard University, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in the United States, in the top three spots respectively.

University of Cambridge and University of Oxford, both in United Kingdom, came 4th and 5th respectively.

University of Witwatersand, South Africa (176th) ranked first in Africa. Others were University of Cape Town (265th), Stellenbosch University (329th), University of KwaZulu-Natal (468th) and the University of Pretoria (697th), all in South Africa.

Makerere University in Uganda also clinched the 846th position in the ranking.

Four Egyptian Universities also represented Africa on the list, they are: Cairo University (771st), Ain Shams University (960th), Mansoura University (985th), and Alexandria University (995th).

According to CWUR website, eight objective and robust indicators to rank the world’s top 1000 universities. They are:

Quality of Education: measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals relative to the university’s size (25%)

Alumni Employment, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have held CEO positions at the world’s top companies relative to the university’s size (25%)

Quality of Faculty, measured by the number of academics who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals (25%)

Publications, measured by the number of research papers appearing in reputable journals (5%)

Influence, measured by the number of research papers appearing in highly-influential journals (5%)

Citations, measured by the number of highly-cited research papers (5%)

Broad Impact, measured by the university’s h-index (5%)

Patents, measured by the number of international patent filings (5%)

See the full ranking HERE.

Photo Credit: University of Witwatersand.


  1. 'Diddie

    July 12, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    You mean there is no Nigerian university

    • Bruness

      July 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      @ Diddie you mean you were expecting a Nigerian school to be listed? #mouth agape

    • Anonymous

      July 12, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      There is no Nigerian university in the top 1,000(one thousand). University of Ife used to be there, but not sure anymore. Between the federal unis with mean lecturers and no equipment and up to date computers and the private unis that care more about forcing children to wear suit and separate students from dating…. Idk mehn

      It’s not fair sha. I feel bad for these children. Where are the ministers and governors

    • Anon

      July 12, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Yes, University of Ife was there when it was called that. I don’t think as Obafemi Awolowo University (O.A.U) it made the grade. Also, at different times, A.B.U, U.I, U.N.N and UNILAG were graded. Long before the proliferation of Private Universities. Eons ago.

    • LemmeRant

      July 12, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Then you’ll see all those out date Nigerian professors saying “A is for God, B is for Me, C is for the smart ones, and D is for everybody” Meanwhile they can’t innovate nothing.

      All they know is to be collecting salary of 300,000 per month and be oppressing students. extorting students with handouts. Na them form pass.

      Lest I forget, They also enjoy sucking bobbey.

      Local champions.

    • Simi

      July 12, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      See, ehn. As I was reading this was going to be my question until I started to read the part about the criteria. So I shut my mouth. It is impossicant for us to make the list given those parameters.

      Know thyself nor be curse.

  2. Billionaire in grace

    July 12, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Thank you Bella naija for the article. i want to further my studies next year now i have a an idea of which universities i should send my application.

    • Bruness

      July 12, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Bear in mind that school fees for the listed schools is not moimoi given the foreign exchange rates. There are loads of foreign schools where you can further that give quality education for less. Well unless you are from a very rich family or must have saved your arm and leg to pay the fees, that will be a foot in my mouth situation.

    • Anon

      July 12, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      I dont think that would be a problem, you no see his/her name?

    • Anonymous

      July 12, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      I don’t get man do you think you’re the only one that knows how expensive it is to study abroad. All Nigerians want to do is give you advice you didn’t ask for. What kind of unsolicited advice is this. You think someone that wants to study abroad doesn’t know it’ll be expensive

    • Bruness

      July 12, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      @anonymous 6.44pm relax man if he’s thanking Bellanaija for this information then he sure needs unsolicited advice cos some of the schools listed have been at the top of their game for ages and a lot of people know this. So calm down before you burst an artery

  3. keke driver

    July 12, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Eewooo No Nigerian Uni?

  4. A

    July 12, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    @anon university of Ife was top 1000 not top 100. It was about number 500+. Maybe not anymore

  5. @edDREAMZ

    July 12, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Even if they make the list one million Naija will never be their……this country is doomed, better run when you still gat the chance i swear……

    • Simi

      July 12, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      This is not funny but I have been laughing for like 3 minutes. Maybe the voice in which I read it, sha.

  6. Victor Adegoke

    July 12, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Our educational system has fallen drastically. What a Shame!

  7. BongsZulu_SA

    July 12, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    The Great South Africa baby!!!…There’s still more to be done though.

  8. BongsZulu_SA

    July 12, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    It’s gud to see a Ugandan university improving and also the two Egyptian institutions.Where are the other African countries though??

  9. IJustGOtBack

    July 12, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    BN Editors – you could have at least added links to the African schools listed. this your half baked reporting na wah. smh

  10. Prince

    July 12, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    I would have been highly surprise if any of Nigerian University made the list. no wahala. I hope Channels, TVC or AIT can carry this news.So that the so call private universities can see that they’re on the same level or even lower than the Federal and State Uni.

  11. o

    July 12, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    I was reading with bated breath hoping to see University of Lagos, even if as number 999. Oh well….?

  12. double k

    July 12, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    It is well with my belove country nigeria

  13. Fey

    July 13, 2016 at 8:46 am

    All hail Makerere University.Proud Alumnus.

  14. kayode

    July 14, 2016 at 4:23 am

    It’s unfair, CWUR failed to include the Nigerian University of Hard Knock NUHK; by which we would have ranked 1-10th ?

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