88 universities take part in first Sub-Saharan Africa ranking

Two South African universities, the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg, located a few kilometres apart in Johannesburg, emerged first and second out of 88 universities that were rated in the pioneering Times Higher Education Sub-Saharan Africa University Rankings 2023 that were announced on 26 June.

Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania was placed third, while the University of Pretoria, also in South Africa, and Uganda’s Makerere University were placed in fourth and fifth positions respectively.

Other universities in the top 10, in order of merit, include the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, Covenant University in Nigeria, Rwanda’s University of Global Health Equity, Ashesi University in Ghana and Ardhi University in Tanzania.

Nigeria had the largest contingent of institutions, with 37 on the list, followed by South Africa with nine, Ghana and Kenya seven each, and Somalia and Uganda five each. Tanzania had three universities. In total, 17 countries in the region were represented in the maiden ranking.

According to a statement by Times Higher Education, or THE, of the 88 participating universities, 59, or 67%, were public, while 21, or 24%, were not-for-profit private universities, and the rest, eight institutions or 9%, represented for-profit private institutions.

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