Webometrics’ 2014 Top 20 African Diaspora Colleges & Universities

HBCU Money™ presents the top 20 ranked African Diaspora colleges and universities. The rankings are based on the world rankings from Webometrics, an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain.


  • 10 of the 20 colleges and universities come from South Africa. An increase from 9 in 2013.
  • There are 6 new schools in the top 20 this year
  • African American colleges & universities (HBCUs) placed only 2 of the 20 colleges and universities present on the list after having 4 in 2013. Both universities that placed, Howard & Florida A&M, saw drops in their rankings.
  • The top ranked African Diaspora college/university in 2014 is up 31 places from top ranked African Diaspora college/university in 2013.
  • No African Diaspora colleges or universities are present in the top 100 in Webometrics’ world rankings.

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Below are the objective and methodology per the Webometrics website:

Objective: The original aim of the Ranking was to promote Web publication. Supporting Open Access initiatives, electronic access to scientific publications and to other academic material are our primary targets. However web indicators are very useful for ranking purposes too as they are not based on number of visits or page design but on the global performance and visibility of the universities.

Methodology: The Webometrics is the largest academic ranking of Higher Education Institutions. Since 2004 and every six months an independent, objective, free, open scientific exercise is performed by the Cybermetrics Lab (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC) for the providing reliable, multidimensional, updated and useful information about the performance of universities from all over the world based on their web presence and impact.


  1. University of Cape Town350 (391) – South Africa
  2. Cairo University358 (1206) – Egypt
  3. Stellenbosch University439 (462) – South Africa
  4. University of Pretoria444 (746) – South Africa
  5. University of the Witwatersrand580 (719) – South Africa
  6. University of Kwazulu Natal – 752 (N/A) – South Africa
  7. University of the West Indies – 774 (N/A) – Jamaica
  8. University of the Western Cape – 789 (834) – South Africa
  9. University of Nairobi907 (1624) – Kenya
  10. Mansoura University911 (1699) – Egypt
  11. Rhodes University968 (1191) – South Africa
  12. University of South Africa1058 (1545) – South Africa
  13. Makerere University1134 (696) – Uganda
  14. University of Johannesburg1204 (1749) – South Africa
  15. Alexandria University – 1223 (N/A) – Egypt
  16. Howard University – 1231 (753) – United States
  17. North West University – 1430 (N/A) – South Africa
  18. Benha University – 1493 (N/A) – Egypt
  19. Addis Ababa University – 1599 (N/A) – Ethiopia
  20. Florida A&M University1632 (1557) – United States

Source: Webometrics

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