The ranking looked specifically at university reputation, which reflects a university’s ability to recruit high-quality staff and students, establish valuable international partnerships, and connect with greater funding prospects.
The group determined its ranking by analysing all its reputation survey results to date (2010-2014), which contain more than 1.5 million individual data points and have recorded 65,000 responses, covering 6,500 of the world’s leading universities across 105 disciplines.
Africa’s leading Universities was determined over the five-year period by survey respondents specifically living in Africa.
The ranking is dominated by South African universities, with the University of Cape Town as the clear regional leader in academic reputation.
UCT has consistently topped global university rankings for South Africa, with the exception of one, the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), which was claimed by the University of the Witwatersrand. Based on its global ranking, the regional reputation of Egypt’s Cairo University is significantly lower than expected, Thompson Reuters said.
“This may be a reflection of its geographical location to the Middle East,” the group said.
The University of Cape Town is also the only university on the continent to crack the top 200, according to the data, ranking 160th overall. Cairo University, Wits and TUKS all made it into the top 500.
Top University in Africa
1. University of Cape Town - South Africa
2. University of Witwatersand - South Africa
3. Stellenbosch University - South Africa
4. University of Pretoria - South Africa
5. University of KwaZulu Natal - South Africa
6. University of Johannesburg - South Africa
7. Cairo University - Egypt
8. Ain Shams University - Egypt
9. Makerere University - Uganda
10. University of Ghana - Ghana