The University of Cape Town (UCT) was ranked No. 1 among the top universities in Africa according to the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Global Universities rankings, followed by the University of Witwatersrand (2nd place in Africa and 222nd globally).

UCT was ranked 112th globally and 1st in Africa, a leap of 50 places from the previous year. It was also ranked in the top 200 globally in 10 subjects, with the highest position at 51st in immunology; other fields are arts and humanities; clinical medicine; environment/ecology; geosciences; microbiology; plant and animal science; social sciences and public health, psychiatry/psychology; and space science.

UCT was also ranked 1st among the top universities in Africa and joint 191st globally in the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017.

Top 5 Universities in Africa by US News:
1 University of Cape Town
2 University of Witwatersrand
3 University of KwaZulu Natal
4 Stellenbosch University
5 Cairo University

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