According to the Ranking Web of World universities (Jan 2012), University of Cape Town is ranked No. 1 in Africa, followed by Stellenbosch University in 2nd place and University of the Witwatersrand in 3rd place.

Ranking Profile of Top Universities in Africa:
- The University of Pretoria is the largest residential university in South Africa and is ranked 4th in Africa. It is also ranked among the world's top 550 institutions in the QS World University Rankings 2011.
- University of Cape Town is also the highest ranked African university (No. 1 in the region and No. 103 in the world) in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011-2012, followed by Stellenbosch University (2nd in the region and 251-275th in the world).
- The American University in Cairo (Egypt) is ranked firmly in the top 10 list by both Webometrics and University Web Ranking (2012).

Top 10 Universities in Africa:
1 University of Cape Town
2 Stellenbosch University
3 University of the Witwatersrand
4 University of Pretoria
5 Rhodes University
6 University of South Africa
7 Cairo University
8 University of Kwazulu Natal
9 University of the Western Cape
10 American University in Cairo
Source: Webometrics (Jan 2012)

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek