Representation of African Universities in the World
Africa's Universities and Further Education
In Africa, how many universities are there? In 2020, there are 1,225 officially accredited higher-education institutions in Africa, according to the Topuniversitieslist database. Given that the Topuniversitieslist database contains a total of 13,723 officially accredited higher education entities, the following is the percentage of African universities in the world:
8.9%, according to the Topuniversitieslist African Universities World Representation Index.
With a projected population of 16,1 percent of the global population (source: United Nations' World Population Prospects, the 2015 Revision), the African higher education infrastructure and offerings seem to be severely underrepresented in the world, at least in terms of higher education institutions.
In Africa, there are public and private universities.
In Africa, how many public and private universities are there? 586 are public (i.e., formally associated with or run by central, state, or local governments) and 601 are private, out of a total of 1,225 accredited higher education institutions in Africa listed in the Topuniversitieslist database. The form of control exercised by the remaining African universities in the Topuniversitieslist database is uncertain or not published.
In terms of the amount of public and private universities on the African continent as a whole, the Topuniversitieslist database indicates a good balance between public and private higher education. It's worth remembering, though, that 164 of the top 200 universities in Africa (or 82 percent) are public higher education institutions, according to Topuniversitieslist . Every African country's higher education system can also have differences and peculiarities.
Non-profit vs. for-profit organizations Africa's universities
Universities in Africa are what kind of institutions are they? 661 of Africa's 1,225 accredited higher education organizations are non-profit, while 88 are for-profit, according to the Topuniversitieslist database. The form of organization used by the remaining African universities in the Topuniversitieslist database is unclear or not published. The overwhelming majority of African public higher education entities are non-for-profit organizations, not in legal terms, but in terms of structure and administrative functions such as function, reach, and goal.
Africa's higher education sector faces challenges
What are the major obstacles that African higher education is actually facing? According to Topuniversitieslist , the key challenges facing Africa's higher education sector are insufficient resources, poor academic performance and creativity (with a few exceptions), and a lack of harmonization among the continent's higher education systems.
Africa's Top 200 Universities
Every two years, Topuniversitieslist publishes a non-academic list of Africa's top 200 universities based on real, impartial, and non-influenceable site metrics generated by independent web intelligence outlets. For more detail, see the rating methodology on the About Us tab.
According to the 2020 Topuniversitieslist University Ranking, South Africa is home to the majority of Africa's top universities. For example, seven of the top ten universities in Africa are in South Africa, one in Kenya, one in Nigeria, and one in Egypt:
Top 10 Universities in Africa
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