The following ranking is chiefly based on the results of the 2014 4icu.org University Web Ranking amongst other criteria as mentioned in the article.
The format for the ranking is given thus; #Private University Ranking) Name of University, Abbreviation of the Name of the university, (World Rank) – Country
10) Ashesi University, AU (6001) – Ghana
Established in 2002 by former Microsoft staff Patrick Awuah, Ashesi University is presently Ghana’s best private University and one of the top Ghanaian universities in general. It is a private, secular, liberal arts college whose mission is to train a new generation of ethical entrepreneurial business leaders in Africa and to nurture excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship. With an academic program designed in collaboration with 24 professors from Swarthmore College, University of California, Berkeley and University of Washington, Ashesi offers an educational experience unlike anything else available in Africa today. The first and only university from Ghana to feature on this list, Ashesi University (AU) ranks 10th amongst Africa’s best private universities.
9) Landmark University, LU( 5758) – Nigeria
Founded in 2011 by Dr. David Oyedepo, Landmark University is the youngest university on this list. The second university founded after the highly reputed Covenant University, the school is said to possible have Nigeria’s largest private university campus, characterised by a cool windy and friendly weather which supports the agrarian mission of the university. With the historical best time for ultra-modern infrastructure growth that rhymes and fosters academic progressions in all disciplines, especially agriculture; and the inherent attraction of international best-rated scholars/academia who wield same visions and work in oneness towards its advancement, the school has surpassed expectations in just 3 years of its existence and rightfully ranks 9th on this list.
8) The British University in Egypt, BUE (4930) – Egypt
The BUE is a private Egyptian University in El Sherouk, Greater Cairo, Egypt. Established in 2005 the university provides a British style of education and awards degrees validated by its partner UK universities and the Egyptian Supreme Council. The campus covers approximately acres of land with about 27000 square metres space of modern purpose built teaching facilities. BUE is not only an educational institution but also a thriving academic, social and cultural center with much to offer students of any age, nationality or social background. BUE stands in 8th place amongst Africa’s best private universities.
7) Madonna University, MU (4902) – Nigeria
Possibly Nigeria’s oldest private university, Madonna was founded in 1999 in Okija, Anambra State. Considering the university’s well-taught broad range of programs including medicine, law and engineering courses, with modern infrastructure and facilities, an impressive campus setting and major collaborations with western institutions, the university ranks in 7th place on this list.
6) Covenant University, CU (4755) – Nigeria
Founded in 2002 under the leadership of Dr. David Oyedepo, Covenant University is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. It is presently Nigeria’s best Private University and its 10th best overall. Inasmuch as this university is just 12 years old, it is rightfully adjudged to be the fastest growing Private University in Africa and possibly the fastest growing tertiary institution. Known for its pioneering accomplishments, the University flagged off the first International Conference on African Development Issues (ICADI) in May 2014, which hosted the likes of Prof. Eric Maskins (Harvard) and Prof. Thomas Sargent (New York University), both Nobel Laureates winners in 2007 and 2011 respectively. Interestingly, both professors of Economics are expected to be part of its faculty by the beginning of the 2014/2015 session. This is a very significant development considering the fact that the entire country can only boast of one Nobel Laureate who isn’t part of any university’s faculty in the country at the time. In 2010 the school began to run with “Vision 10:2022; 1 of 10 in 10” which is a short motto implying that they hope be ranked amongst the world’s top 10 universities by 2022. With a robust faculty base, cutting-edge infrastructure and facilities, impactful research and top-notch collaborations with the likes of MIT, University of Florida, McKinsey & Company etc. It’s a no brainer that Covenant University has potential to break the world’s top 10 universities’ list in a few years to come (especially taking the National University of Singapore (NUS) scenario as case study). Covenant holds the 6th spot on our list.
5) United States International University, USIU (4667) – Kenya
Established originally as part of the USIU network of Universities under the main body, Alliant International University, USIU Kenya stands out as Africa’s 5th best private university. Considering the major collaborations of the USIU with major campuses in the west such as the California Western University and Balboa University, the university has remained one of Africa’s best.
4) Libyan International Medical University, LIMU (4073) – Libya
In 4th place is the Libyan International Medical University (LIMU). Founded in 2007, the university is reputed to have one of the best medical schools on the continent. One of its major points is its focus on international partnerships and meeting the level of other international medical teaching institutes. The teaching policy emulates those of many established universities and is mainly problem-based learning.
3) Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediène, USTHB, (3753) – Algeria
Founded in 1979, USTHB IS Africa’s 3rd best private university and Algeria’s best tertiary institution. Offering programs covering mostly science and engineering courses, the University was the largest university in Algeria until 2013; it has over 20,000 students and a robust faculty base. With modern infrastructure and facilities, a commanding campus presence and major collaborations with western universities, especially those of their counterparts in France and Canada, this university tightly holds on to the 3rd spot on this list.
2) The German University in Cairo (2443) – Egypt
In 2nd Place is The German University in Cairo (GUC). Established in 2002, and patroned by The State University of Stuttgart and the State University of Ulm, The GUC is an Independent and secular university that is situated in New Cairo, Egypt. The University substantially contributes to the intellectual and cultural life development of Egypt and provides German liberal education to the students from all socio-economic backgrounds in Egypt and other nations of the world. With a robust faculty base, a strong mix of international students and top-notch infrastructure and facilities, this university clinches 2nd place amongst Africa’s finest private universities.
1) The American University in Cairo (1104) – Egypt
At the top of the list is the American University in Cairo (AUC). Founded in 1919 by American Mission in Egypt, a Protestant mission sponsored by the United Presbyterian Church of North America, AUC has grown to be the strongest, high performing private university on the continent. By employing the model of the American university system managed by series “Presidents” (who perform the functions of Vice-Chancellors), the school has progressively advanced over the years. The 2013 QS World University Rankings placed AUC as 348th in the World and 1st in Egypt. In 2013, the QS rankings also named the School of Business as second best in Africa and the Middle East and among the top 200 in the world.