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Top 30 Universities In Africa For Research Impact


South Africa and Egypt dominate a new list of universities from 10 African countries that feature in a top-30 ranking for having the most impact based on published research.
The list of top 30 universities in Africa for research impact was released at the inaugural Africa Universities Summit, which was held last week at the University of Johannesburg. The main buzz of the event was the unveiling of the African university rankings, Mail&Guardian reported.
Just 30 of Africa’s approximately 2,600 higher education institutions made the list.
There were some surprises on this new list. Several African universities that usually show up high on global rankings are missing from this list, including University of Nigeria and Cairo University,
Other surprises were some lesser-known institutions that show up on this list such as Port Harcourt University, which ranks No. 6, and Minia University (No. 30).
The list was compiled by Times Higher Education, a London-based weekly magazine that reports on news and issues related to higher education around the world. It has become known for publishing the annual World University Rankings. Thomson Reuters collects and analyses the data used to produce the rankings
South African universities show up 12 times in the top 30.
Egypt is the second most-represented country, with six universities in the top 30. Morocco and Tunisia each have three universities on the list.
“The richer, better-funded universities in Cape Town and Johannesburg are more likely to attract and retain the leading scholars,” said Phil Baty, editor of the THE World University Rankings in a BBC interview. “They can offer slightly better terms and conditions and it means they are publishing higher quality work in higher quality academic journals.”
The results on this list are based on the amount of citations for each university’s published works. Methodology for the rankings was based on 13 factors. Times Higher Education combined statistics from it own huge database with the Elsevier’s Scopus database – a system that highlights some of the continent’s top performers based on how often research papers are cited by other academics globally, M&G reports.
Not everyone in Africa will find the metrics appropriate to their mission or their priorities, Times Higher Education said. This ranking is just a starting point for a conversation about African higher education.
Times Higher Education spent the last four-to-five years modifying and refining a method better suited to ranking African — as opposed to global — universities, according to M&G. “There’s still a long way to go,” Baty said. He describes this list as “a snapshot of research strength.”
Batty also said lack of extensive data in creating this first ranking means this is “the very start of the story.. world rankings are driven by research, innovation and tech development,” he told M&G. “We need to work with African universities on (indicators such as) their teaching and graduate success…the rankings we’re publishing are actually very much the starting point. We want to use this conference to convince universities to start collecting and sharing data more consistently.”
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30. Minia University Egypt University of Yaounde I Cameroon

29. University of Yaounde I, Cameroon

28. University of Sfax Tunisia

 Assiut University, Egypt,

27. Assiut University, Egypt

Egyptian students support ousted President Morsi at Alexandria University, December 2013. Photo:

26. Alexandria University, Egypt

South Valley University, Egypt,

25. South Valley University, Egypt

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

24. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

American University in Cairo Egypt,

23. American University in Cairo, Egypt

Université Mohammed V – Agdal Morocco,

22. Université Mohammed V Agdal, Morocco

Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Sfax Tunisia,

21. Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Sfax, Tunisia

Tunis University,

20. University of Tunis Tunisia

North-West University South Africa,

19. North-West University, South Africa

University of the Free State, South Africa,

18. University of the Free State, South Africa

Rhodes University netball team,

17. Rhodes University, South Africa

Addis ababa University main gate,

16. Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Students at Hassan II University in Casablanca. Photo: Abdelhak Senna, Getty

15. University of Hassan II Casablanca Morocco

Suez Canal University, Egypt,

14. Suez Canal University Egypt

University of South Africa,

13. University of South Africa (UNISA)

University of Ghana,  campus life,

12. University of Ghana

University of Pretoria,

11. University of Pretoria, South Africa

Morocco's Cadi Ayyad University,

10. University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad, Morocco

University of johannesburg. Photo:

9. University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Graduation rehearsals, University of Nairobi,

8. University of Nairobi, Kenya

University of the Western Cape,

7. University of the Western Cape, South Africa

University of Port Harcourt,

6. University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Community development and outreach unit, School of Agricultural Earth and Environmental Sciences,e University of KwaZulu-Natal.

5. University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Stellenbosch University,

4. Stellenbosch University South Africa

Graduates at Makerere University,

3. Makerere University, Uganda

University of the Witwatersrand, Celebrating Wits' 90th anniversary, 2012.
2. University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa 4387.17 99.76

University of Cape Town,
1 University of Cape Town South Africa 5540.21 99.90

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