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Ten Best Engineering Schools In Africa In 2023

Ten Best Engineering Schools In Africa In 2023

Africa has a lot of top universities ranking for their research, contribution, state-of-the-art facilities, and alumni. 

As of recent, some African Universities have received recognition for their contributions to global challenges such as in medicine, engineering, technology, etc.

In this listicle, we will explore ten of the best engineering schools in Africa to enable aspiring students who wish to pursue a career in the engineering field to have access to the best of the schools. 


Method of Ranking

For this article, to arrive at our ranking of the top ten best engineering schools in Africa, we used certain ranking indicators. 

These indicators include Enrollment, Acceptance rate, Alumni, Research, Citations, Innovations and the impact of the University on the global world. 

 

1. Cairo University, Egypt

Acceptance rate: 90%
Enrollment: 257,200
Founded: 1908
Research profile: A top-tier research institution, Cairo University has produced 46,933 scientific papers and received 715,613 citations

This prestigious engineering school was founded in 1908 as stated above and is situated in Cairo, Egypt, Africa. 

Cairo University is a school to think about if you're looking for a top engineering school in Africa to enrol in a degree program.

Some of the engineering courses available at Cairo University include: 

Architectural engineering school,

Chemical Engineering

Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering 


2. University of Pretoria, South Africa

Acceptance rate: 13%
Enrollment: 56,483
Founded: 1908
Research profile: The University of Pretoria is a world-class research university with 42,005 scientific papers published and 731,193 citations received

The institution is also one of the best schools for engineering studies in Africa. 

Students who aim to become engineers can consider pursuing engineering degree programmes at this engineering institution in Africa.

Some engineering courses available at the university are;

Civil Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Electronic and Computer Engineering and many others. 


3. University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Acceptance rate: 45%
Enrollment: 35,765
Founded: 1918
Research profile: University of Stellenbosch as a top-tier research university has 38,386 scientific papers published and 993,604 citations received

The university is a researched based institution and one of the oldest universities in South Africa. 

The higher institution is one of the best African engineering universities, where students can pursue and enrol on engineering programmes.

Some engineering courses available at this university are:

Civil Engineering

Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mechatronic Engineering

 

4. University of Cape Town, South Africa

Acceptance rate: 50%
Enrollment: 30,000
Founded: 1874
Research profile: the University of Cape Town is a world-class research university with 56,979 scientific papers published and 1,953,961 citations received

The University of Cape Town also popularly called UCT remains one of the best Engineering universities in Africa. 

UCT is renowned for being among the best public research and engineering institutions in Africa. 

This engineering school faculty offers the following engineering courses:

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

 

5. Ain Shams University, Egypt

Acceptance rate: 67%
Enrollment: 189,822
Founded: 1950
Research profile: Ain Shams University is a world-class research university with 30,040 scientific papers published and 414,167 citations received

Under the name Ibrahim Pasha's University, Ain Shams University is the third-oldest non-sectarian native public university in Egypt (older are private institutions like the American University in Cairo and  Islamic universities like Al-Azhar). 

Ain Shams University was initially composed of several faculties and academic institutions before becoming a university. 

The academic structure of the university consists of 14 faculties, 1 college, 2 high institutes, 12 centres, and special units.

Ain Shams School of Engineering ranks fifth on our list of the ten best engineering schools in Africa. 

Some of the engineering departments at Ain Shams University include:

Physics and Mathematics Engineering

Structure Engineering

Irrigation of Hydraulics Engineering

Architecture Engineering

Urban Design and Urban Planning

Power and Electrical Machines Engineering

Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering

 

6. University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Acceptance rate: 25%
Enrollment: 42,953
Founded: 1922
Research profile: Being a top-tier research university, The University of the Witwatersrand has produced 46,466 scientific papers and received 1,293,117 citations

Architecture & Planning, Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Construction Economics & Management, Electrical & Information Engineering, Mechanical, Industrial & Aeronautical Engineering, and Mining Engineering are the seven schools that make up the University of the Witwatersrand faculty of engineering. 

The faculty office and the Engineering Library are located in the Chamber of Mines Building on the West Campus. 

On the East Campus, the Hillman and Richard Ward Buildings house the Schools of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, respectively.

 

7. Alexandria University, Egypt

Acceptance rate: 60%
Enrollment: 120,000
Founded: 1942
Research profile: A top-tier research institution, Alexandria University has produced 22,511 scientific papers and received 339,039 citations

Beginning with the 1941–1942 academic year, King Fuad I University's Faculty of Engineering opened a branch in Alexandria for the first year of study.

When Farouk I University was founded in Alexandria in 1942, its engineering faculty branch has renamed the Faculty of Engineering at King Farouk I University. 

During the academic year 1942–1943, the departments of architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering all began classes for the preparatory year and the first year at the same time. 

The Department of Sanitary Engineering and Municipalities began to operate in 1946. Over time, the Departments of Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering have grown.

Currently, below are some of the departments at the Alexandria University School of Engineering: 

Architectural Engineering Department

Chemical Engineering Department

Electrical Engineering Departments

Electrical Power Engineering & Machines Department

Electronics Engineering & Communications Department

Computer and Systems Engineering Department

Engineering Mathematics and Physics Department

Irrigation Engineering And Hydraulics Department

Marine Engineering And Naval Architecture Department

Mechanical Engineering Department


8. Mansoura University, Egypt

Acceptance rate: 70%
Enrollment: 185,963
Founded: 1972
Research profile: Mansoura University is a world-class research university with 20,119 scientific papers published and 294,889 citations received

On our list of the top ten best Engineering schools in Africa, Mansoura University, Egypt ranks eighth. 

The engineering school at Mansoura University has impeccable engineering facilities that have helped put the school at top-notch standards to compete with other engineering schools in Africa and the world in general. 

The engineering school of Mansoura University also has one of the best alumni in the faculty of engineering among the engineering schools in Africa. 

The Mansoura University engineering schools have the following engineering departments: 

Mathematics and Engineering Physics

Computer Engineering

System Engineering

Electronic Engineering

Communication Engineering

Textile Engineering


9. National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe

Acceptance rate: 10%
Enrollment: 12,000
Founded: 1991
Research profile: A top-tier research institution, the National University of Science and Technology has 92,666 citations and 9,232 published scientific papers

Being a medium-sized institution, the National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe has done reputably well for itself making sure that its engineering school ranks among the best engineering schools in Africa. 

In our ranking assessment, the National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe engineering school has a strong alumni body that has done well in the engineering society of both Zimbabwe and Africa as a whole.

The engineering school's innovations, research and citations are also on par with some of the best engineering schools in Europe. 

The faculty of Engineering offers Bachelor of Engineering Honors degrees in the following programs:

Electronic Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Civil and Water Engineering

Fibre and Polymer Materials Engineering


10. University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Acceptance rate: 77%
Enrollment: 49,910
Founded: 2005
Research profile: A top-tier research university, the University of Johannesburg has produced 20,271 scientific papers and received 360,995 citations

The University of Johannesburg has seven faculties, including the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE). 

It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering technology and engineering science across 12 departments and five schools. 

The Faculty is the first in South Africa to provide a global education for a full range of professional engineering qualifications, in keeping with the University's comprehensive status.

On our list of the top ten engineering schools in Africa, the University of Johannesburg, South Africa School of Engineering is ranked tenth. 

Some of the departments at the school's Faculty of Engineering include: 

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Computer Engineering

Mathematics and Engineering Physics    

 

Sources

Our sources and data for this listicle are not solely independent, we also used sources and data from top websites that are known for education and academic rankings. 

Some of these sources include: 

1. QS World University Rankings

2. The Times Higher Education

3. US News

4. Edurank

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