Addis Ababa University ranks 6th among Africa’s Top Universities by Times Higher Education ranking data. Aswan University shared the 6th rank with AAU. AAU climbed up the rankings for its performance in the school’s academic research, reputation, and overall ranking standard. Egypt and South Africa have the highest representation in the ranking, with 23 and 11 universities in Times Higher Education ranking data of Africa. Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, and South Africa all have universities ranked among the top 500 in the world. The ranking assesses university performance based on 13 indicators that assess teaching, research, research impact, innovation, and international reputation. Addis Ababa University is also ranked among the top 11 African Global Universities and is ranked number 517 in the list of the Best Global Universities. The universities are ranked based on their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators.
Ethiopian higher education has been working to improve the quality of the country’s universities by transforming universities into major research hubs. Addis Ababa University, founded in 1950, has helped over 222,000 students graduate from its institutions. When the university was founded, it could accept 33 students. Since then, the institution has become one of the oldest and largest higher learning and research institutes. AAU has become world-class teaching, learning, research, and community service center in many aspects.