Top 10 Best Universities in South Africa (2022)

In Africa, South Africa is a leading education destination for a vast majority of Nigerians. This can be attested for by the quality of their educational instutes in terms of infrastructural development, lecturers, standard facilities, affiliations, school policies, student welfare and so on.


Getting a degree from a recognized south African University can do a lot of good to your Curriculum vitae (CV).

So if you are planning on getting a degree from a South African University, here are the 10 best you should watch out for

Note: This list about to be given is based on the latest ranking of universities around the globe

1. University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town other wise known as UCT tops our list of the best university in South Africa. The learning institution have maintain consistency in delivering quality education to troops of Nigerians that are running their degree.

It was established in 1829 – making it the oldest education service provider in the country.

In Africa, UCT is the leading name and it is also the only University that is annually on Times Higher Education World University Rankings and Academics of World Universities.

The school has 2 urban and 4 sub urban campuses with a growing population of 28,700 students.

2. University of Witwatersrand

The University of Witwatersrand also known as WITS is a South African based international University.

It is a public research institute that is operating a multi-campus system.

WITS is one of the leading Universities in Africa and a competitor against others in the world.

It was established in 1896 in Johannesburg. The University started as South African School of Mines. Years later, it undergone series of name changes till 1992 where it was changed to Unity of Witwatersrand and was license to operate as a University.

Currently, they have 5 faculties and 33 schools with a growing student population of 38,000.

3. University of Pretoria (UP)

The University of Pretoria also known as UP was established in 1908 and is among the top leading Universities in Africa. It is located in South Africa’s administrative capital city of Pretoria.

Originally, the University was known as Transvaal University College.

Getting a PhD in this learning institute is a good bargain. Statistics has it that the University is responsible for 15% of post graduate degree holders in South Africa.

UP has a growing student capacity of over 50,000. It also has lots of programmes on board.

It is very open to international students and currently, they have 9 faculties, 120 academic department and over 1,200 available programmes.

4. Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University other wise known as SU is one of the leading South African based educational service provider.

It was established in 1918 with roots dating back to 1864. As such, it is among South Africa’s oldest educational institution.

It is generally regarded as a world class institution due to it’s growing level of research advancement.

It also ranks high in world education.

5. University of Johannesburg

The University of Johannesburg is a young educational institute that was established in 2005.

Despite this, it is a great choice for any Nigerian student because of their quality research structures.

It is a product of a merger of three Universities – Vista University, the Rank Afrikaans University and the Technikon Witwatersrand.

6. University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)

University of Kwazulu-natal also known as UKZN is among the leading Universities in South Africa.

They operate in 5 campuses which are located in Pinetown, Pietermaritzburg, Durban and Westville.

The University was formed as a result of the merger between the University of Durba-Westville and University of Natal.

They are among the most sought after Universities in South Africa.

7. Rhodes University

Rhodes University is located in Makhanda – a destination in Eastern Cape Province in South Africa.

It was established in 1904, and is among the oldest learning institution in South Africa.

They have a growing student population of 7000 and is a good bargain for any Nigerian student.

8. University of the Western Cape

University of Western Cape Town also known as UWC is one of the leading educational instutes in the country. They are notorious for research impaction and quality learning facilities.

Also, they are among one of the very few Universities that has took a stand against the war of racial descrimination.

Originally, it was founded for black students during the apartheid period.

Ultimately, the University is the among the most sought after by African students.

9. North-West University

North-west also known as NWC is among the top Universities in South Africa. It is a product of a merger between the University of North-West and Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education.

They have 3 campuses with a growing student population of 64,000.

10. University of Free State

The University of Free State or UFS is one of the country’s leading University. It was established on 1904 in Bloemfontein – Free State capital city and judicial capital of South Africa.

The University operates on dual campuses with a growing population of 37,000 students.

Princewill Ubaha is an electrical engineer by profession, a content writer by perspiration, and an Akwa Ibomite by birth. He always believed that the habit of persistence is the habit of victory.

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