Education in Africa is on an upward and unrelenting curve in providing high quality education that will soon rub shoulders with Ivy League standard universities such as Havard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Yale University. The continent is refining and sculpting Africa’s very own Ivy League institutions. A good number of universities in Africa are now best ranked not only in the continent, but also globally. With consistent and effort-driven improvements, the higher education system in Africa is evolving into a force to reckon with across the globe.
Africa is endowed with abundant resources that only require apt and willing individuals to explore and tap into the endless possibilities that come with such a blessing. The favorable climate in the continent provides a suitable learning environment for students throughout the year. The continent also has a wide variety of phenomena to be researched and investigated in providing solutions that will be of tremendous benefit to the entire world.
A classic interpretation of “When the world gives you lemons, make some lemonade” is true for Africa when students consider the problems riddling their home and working towards providing answers that alleviate these problems and benefit the world altogether. An example is the HIV/AIDS disease. This disease has singly claimed the lives of more than 470,000 Africans and 32 million people globally.
African universities should be at the forefront in addressing this issue by carrying out further intensive studies and eventually arrive at an effective vaccine saving the lives of millions of people, easen the virus’ economic burden and generally contribute a milestone in humanity.
The Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2020 recently released its annual ranking. The rankings are compiled following a set procedure in determining their positions. The investigation looks at the surroundings of the entire learning process.
Surveys are carried out to determine aspects such as the number of staff members in relation to the number of students on campus and the number of post graduate students in comparison to the graduate students. For example, a balanced-out ratio of staffing to the learners contributes to a better ranking.
Investigation also assesses the University’s research volume, income and the reputation of resulting findings. Papers published by the students such as proposals, term papers and projects are critically studied to assess how credible their findings are and how much contribution they make.
Citations generally look into the impact of a production to the entire education system. Universities are assessed by how much of their findings are accepted and applied by other institutions and information users. The uniqueness and the amount of area covered by the dissemination of new ideas is what counts in this assessment.
The world is now a global village and even universities are looked at being ambassadors of the same concept. A university is assessed by its ability to attract and retain different populations from across the globe. A university with a suitable environment for international students scores higher.
Institutions are also assessed by their ability to bring to the table meaningful and necessary inputs. It also looks at the readiness of the outside businesses and general economy to invest in the university’s research on such matters.
Africa’s Current Top 10 Universities 2020/2021
1. University of Cape Town, South Africa
The institution is the first among the best ranked Universities in Africa 2020/2021. It disseminates quality knowledge, provides extensive research facilities and well-equipped supportive learning equipment. It currently stands as the best university in Africa.
2. University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
The institution’s research has always maintained impeccable standards and able to provide valuable information and solutions to the public and general society. The University has been recently engrossed in further studies on COVID-19 to contribute in the search for an effective cure.
3. Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Third, this public university has made numerous chip-ins in the country and the education system through top-notch training in diverse programs including and not limited to Engineering, Law and Medicine.
4. Aswan University, Egypt
Established in 2012, the institution is a crucial provider of university level education in Egypt and currently stands fourth in Africa promising greater heights in the future.
5. Covenant University, Nigeria
This is a private Christian institution of higher learning which was set up 18 years ago whose objective remains showing the preeminence of Jesus Christ in all things. This is a great choice of learning institution for students who prefer a strictly Christian environment for studies.
6. University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Established in 2004, the university provides exceptional training and notable facilities devoted to intensive research for the various faculties and programs.
7. Mansoura University, Egypt
Established in 1972, the institution is a significant asset in making valuable contributions into various industry advances in the country.
8. University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Established in 1948, the earliest institution of university in Nigeria ranks eighth in the continent and thus among the Top 10 Best Ranked Universities in Africa.
9. North-West University, South Africa
The University has three different campuses devoted to providing quality education and training to a number of students across the country.
10. Suez Canal University, Egypt
Established in 1976, the institution has been a vibrant center of higher learning and recently been recognized chipping in in the fight to eliminate COVID-19.