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List of Top 10 Best Universities in South Africa 2016

List of Top 10 Best Universities in South Africa 2016

NaijaQuest takes a look at the list of top 10 Best Universities in South Africa taking the most recent ranking available as our guide for the year 2016 till another ranking is released.
list of top 10 best university in south africa

1. University of Cape Town UCT

University of Cape Town located on the slopes of Devil’s Peak. Founded 1829 and makes a regular appearance on international university rankings. One of the country’s most green educational institutions which launched sustainable projects like Green Campus Initiative, an effort focused on making UCT more environmental-friendly.


University of WITWATERSRAND (WITS) is considered one of the top research institutions on the continent. Has 14 museums and 2 art galleries. Home to one of the largest fossil collections in the Southern Hemisphere. Alma mater include Sydney Brenner, Nadine Gordiner.

3. Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University Western Cape, nicknamed “Maties” is one of the top research universities. Has a tuberculosis centre (Desmond Tutu TB centre) which recently won an international award for its research on childhood tuberculosis and HIV care.

4. Rhodes University

Rhodes University is located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. Founded in 1904. Home to ILAM (International Library of African Music). The school is ranked among the world’s top 200 schools for English Language and Literature and Communication and Media Studies. The school was awarded for developing a yellow fever vaccine.

5. University of the Free State, Bloemfontein

University of the Free State, Bloemfontein (Blooming Fountain). Located in judicial capital of Bloefontein with three campus spread across the country. The first university to have a department of sign language and the first to offer a PhD in this field in the country.

6. University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban

University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban located in Durban and Pietermaritebu with 5 campus, established 2004 following the merge of University of Durban-Westville and University of Natal.

7. University of Western Cape, Cape Town

University of Western Cape, Cape Town established 1960. Houses the largest dental school in Africa, accredited as World Health Organisation Collaborating Center. Awarded the inaugural green campus of the year for its various friendly initiatives.

8. University of Pretoria Tuks

University of Pretoria locally known as “Tuks” former name was Transvaal University College. One of the leading research university in South Africa. Home to the Gordon Institute of Business Science(GIBS), one of the country’s leading business school which offers internationally accredited MBA programmes.

9. University of Johannesburg UJ

University of Johannesburg (UJ) three institutions merged to form the school. Has 20 research centres with more than 90 rated researchers.

10. Cape Peninsula University of Technology CPUT

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), following the merge between two technical colleges in 2005. Known for excelling in creative, specialist areas of study. In its bid to inspire innovation, the Chocolate and Confectionery Centre is to be built through donations by tne country’s department of Trade and Industry.

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