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Best Universities in Africa to Study Engineering

Times Higher Education (THE) has published its annual ranking of the top universities for 2022 by subject.

The higher education specialist’s list is a global performance ranking that judges research-intensive universities.

THE bases its subject rankings on the same 13 performance indicators used in its world university rankings which are grouped under five categories: teaching, research, citations (the number of times a publication is referred to), international outlook, and industry income.

However, the methodology is recalibrated to suit the individual fields. Exact positions are only published for the top 100, and thereafter, universities are ranked in broad bands.

The results of the rankings are independently audited by PwC. For subject rankings, university performance is split across various fields of study.

Best Universities in Africa to Study Engineering

301–400 – Aswan University Egypt

Located in the Egyptian market city of Aswan, Aswan University first opened its doors as a branch of Assuit University in 1976.

After becoming a part of the new South Valley University in 1995, Aswan University was established as an independent institution in its own right in 2012.

The institution is dedicated to providing teaching in a wide range of subjects, including education, social work, engineering, agriculture and archaeology among many others. To this end, the university plays host to a wide range of high-quality facilities.

The university provides an integrated care programme for its students, intended to provide housing, study and recreational facilities to best suit their needs. These include a number of dedicated research facilities for the study of plants and animals, science labs and industrial centres, and a university-run information centre and communication network.

Aswan University also plays host to a yearly sports festival and regularly competes against other universities in various events.

301–400 – Beni-Suef University Egypt

Beni-Suef University (BSU) is a co-educational, non-profit public higher education institution, situated on the banks of the River Nile, 120km south of Cairo, Egypt in the large city of Beni Suef. It was established as an independent university in 2005, though it started out in 1975 as the Faculty of Commerce at Cairo University.

Accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt, BSU has nearly 50,000 students and an admission rate of around 75%. There are various financial aids and scholarships available.

International applicants are eligible, and there are various study abroad and exchange programmes available.

301–400 – Ibn Tofaïl University Morocco

Established in 1989, the Université Ibn Tofail (Ibn Tofaïl University) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the small city of Kénitra, Rabat-Sale-Kenitra.

One of 14 public universities in Morocco established in 1989, Ibn Tofaïl University has 33,263 undergraduate and graduate students, as well as 397 full-time professors.

The university has three faculties: the faculty of sciences, the faculty of literature and humanities sciences and the faculty of law, economics and social sciences. It has two schools: the National School of Business and Management and National School of Applied Sciences.

301–400 – Kafrelsheikh University Egypt

Kafrelsheikh University is an Egyptian public university that opened in 2006. It has a student population of around 30,000 and 1,500 faculty members. The institution’s buildings had previously been a part of Tanta University.

Located in the northern Egyptian town of Kafr-El-Sheikh, the university has a modern campus, with plenty of greenery. Kafrelsheikh University has 19 faculties, five of which are scientific, seven of which are health-related, with the other six dedicated to the humanities. It is also host to three research institutes: the Nano Science and Technology Institute; the Institute of Drug Discovery and Development; and the Technical Institute of Nursing.

Kafrelsheikh is the second most environmentally friendly university in the Arab World, according to the Global Green Metric ranking system. It is also gaining a reputation nationally as a research centre, ranking fourth among the country’s universities in international research citations.

301–400 – Menoufia University Egypt

Founded in 1976 in Shebin El-kom, 75km from Cairo, Menoufia University (MU) started with four faculties and with nearly 9,500 students and 214 staff members.

Today it is one of the largest universities in Egypt with 22 faculties and institutes and nearly 80,000 students across the original campus in Shebin El-Kom. Another campus was established in Sadat City in 2006, 60km from Shebin El-kom, and 90km from Cairo.

301–400 – Tshwane University of Technology South Africa

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) was established on January 1 2004, when the former Technikon Northern Gauteng, Technikon North-West and Technikon Pretoria merged.

It is widely regarded as a “mega university” and is the largest residential higher education institution in South Africa, with an annual enrollment figure of 60,000. The Tshwane University of Technology is one of the most demographically diverse – in terms of both race and gender – in the country, reflecting post-Apartheid South Africa, which Desmond Tutu described as “the Rainbow Nation”.

301–400 – Zagazig University Egypt

Zagazig University was established in 1970 contributing to the renaissance of Egypt and its global position on education. It began as a branch of Ain Shams University and was the seventh university set up in Egypt. It has colleges of agriculture, trade, veterinary medicine, human medicine, education and science.

It offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees and diplomas to its students and has faculties in the following disciplines: electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, architecture, computer engineering, engineering, accounting, business management, economics, statistics, veterinary science, pharmacy, education and agriculture and forestry.

401–500 – University of Johannesburg South Africa

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is an Afropolitan international university with an identity of inclusion, a university that is transforming lives and diversifying professions. A proudly South African university, rooted in the vibrant and multicultural city of Johannesburg, reflecting the city’s energy and embracing its diversity with equal passion.

UJ students have access to a world-class environment for sport, art and culture and are guided through experience programmes to develop both personal and academic skills.

401–500 – Minia University Egypt

Minia University was separated from Assuit University in 1976.

It is located in Minya, 245 km south of Cairo on the western bank of the Nile. The name Minya comes from Ancient name Men’at Khufu, meaning the “nursing city of Khufu” and thereby linking it to the Pharaoh Khufu or Cheops, the builder of the Great Pyramid in Giza.

The university is currently comprised of 19 faculties in addition to the Higher Institute of Nursing. Four of these faculties are located off campus; faculties of arts, dentistry, engineering and veterinary medicine.

The other faculties are located on campus, and these are the faculties of education; agriculture; science; Dar Al-Uloum; medicine; fine arts; tourism and hotels; physical education; alsun; nursing; pharmacy; specific education; computer and IT science and arts education.

401–500 – North-West University South Africa

North-West University was formed in 2004 by the merger of the historically black university of the North-West, the Sebokeng Campus of the historically black Vista University and the historically white Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education. The university sees its formation in post-apartheid South Africa as “a strong symbolic act of reconciliation and nation-building”

In 2018 it was the second largest university in South Africa, behind only the giant multi-campus University of South Africa, with 68,000 students of whom two-thirds are women and two-thirds African. Among the eight faculties – economics and management, education, engineering, law, health sciences, theology, humanities and natural and agricultural science.

401–500 (Stellenbosch University
South Africa)

401–500 – Tanta University Egypt

501–600 – Al-Azhar University Egypt

501–600 – Assiut University Egypt

501–600 – Benha University Egypt

501–600 – Covenant University Nigeria

501–600 – Fayoum University Egypt

501–600 – Mansoura University Egypt

601–800 – Alexandria University Egypt

601–800 – Cairo University Egypt


The engineering subject table uses the same trusted and rigorous performance indicators as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022, but the methodology has been recalibrated to suit the individual fields.

It highlights the universities that are leading across the following disciplines: general engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, civil engineering and chemical engineering.

This year’s table includes 1,188 universities, up from 1,098 last year.



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