ABN – The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16 includes 14 African universities in the top 800.
That number includes six in South Africa, three of which made it into the top 400.
The University of Cape Town came highest at number 120, followed by the University of the Witwatersrand in the 201-250 category, and Stellenbosche University in the 301-350 category.
Other sub-Saharan universities to feature were the University of KwaZulu Natal (401-500), Makerere University in Uganda (401-500), University of Pretoria (501-600), University of South Africa (601-800), University of Nairobi (601-800) and the University of Ibadan in Nigeria (601-800).
The 601-800 category also included three Egyptian universities – Alexandria University, Cairo University and Suez Canal University – and one in Morocco: the University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad.
Rankings editor Phil Batty said wider categories were used further down the list because here “the overall scores are more tightly packed, making differentiating between institutions less appropriate”.
The universities in the list were judged on their teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.