Nigeria misses out as 31 African institutions make QS rankings of best varsities globally

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The universities in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, have failed to make the 1300 tertiary institutions listed in the 2022 QS world university rankings.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a global higher education analyst, on Tuesday released the eighteenth edition of the QS world university rankings, considered the world’s most-consulted global university rankings.

The 2022 edition of the database sees a record number of African universities (31) enter the published tables.

The continental leader remained the University of Cape Town, which ranked 226th, having fallen for a second consecutive year. Its closest competitor is the University of the Witwatersrand, which was placed 424th spot (down by 21 places year-on-year).

Placing in the top 500 are the University of Johannesburg (434th, up to five places year-on-year), The American University in Cairo (445th, down 34 places year-on-year), and Stellenbosch University (482nd, down 26 places).

As in previous years, South Africa topped continentally. It is home to the continental leader and four of Africa’s top five institutions. Only Egypt (13) betters its total of nine ranked universities.

Of Africa’s 31 ranked universities, only the University of Johannesburg improved its global rank over the last year. Eleven have declined in rank, all from Egypt and South Africa. Ten have also remained stable within their rank or band

According to the list, nine are new in the ranking exercise this year. The highest-ranking new entrant is Tunisia’s Université de Sousse. It is the first Tunisian university to feature in the QS World University Rankings, and placed in the 701/750 band.

All African varsities on 2022 QS Rankings

(226) University of Cape Town, South Africa — 40.3 points

(424) University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa — 27.1 points

(434) University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa — 26.7

(445) The American University in Cairo, Egypt — 26.1

(482) Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa — 24.6

(571-580) Cairo University, Giza, Egypt

(601-650) University of Pretoria, South Africa

(701-750) Université de Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia

(801-1000) Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

(801-1000) Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

(801-1000) University of Kwazulu-Natal, Pinetown, South Africa

(1001-1200) Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt

(1001-1200) Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt

(1001-1200) Assiut University, Asyut, Egypt

(1001-1200) British University in Egypt, Sharqia, Egypt

(1001-1200) Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

(1001-1200) North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

(1001-1200) Suez Canal University, Egypt

(1001-1200) University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana

(1001-1200) University of Nairobi, Kenya

(1001-1200) University of the Western Cape, South Africa

(1201+) German University in Cairo, Egypt

(1201+) Helwan University, Helwan, Egypt

(1201+) Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt

(1201+) Sudan University of Science and Technology, Khartoum, Sudan

(1201+) Tanta University, Tanta, Egypt

(1201+) University of Khartoum Khartoum, Sudan

(1201+) Université Mohammed V de Rabat, Rabat, Morocco

(1201+) Université de Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia

(1201+) Université de Tunis El Manar, Tunis, Tunisia

(1201+) Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt

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