Nigeria's higher education system is the biggest on the continent but it lags behind on research output.
Global university rankings are based on a snapshot of institutional performance. A gain by one institution is a loss by another.
What university rankings mean for students.
To succeed, Europe needs citizens who are multilingual and open to the world. EU-level universities can lead the way with four key concepts: Identity, Diversity, Essence and Attractiveness
When it comes to choosing a university, a positive personal experience is much more influential for students than rankings or league tables.
It's unlikely that student protests are directly affecting South African universities' rankings. Instead, decades of government underfunding in higher education may be at least partly to blame.
Global economic realities shouldn't deter African universities from continuing to push for massification. But they must do so armed with knowledge, lessons from elsewhere and strong funding models.
Australia had more universities in the top 100 than any other nation, apart from the US and UK.
It is arrogant and hypocritical for ranking institutions to declare that they're building Africa's legacy or its global partnerships on the continent's behalf.
Competition can be a force for positive change. But in its current form, it's setting universities back rather than moving them forward.
New analysis shows the secret to success in world university rankings isn't all about money.
Making the whole process of auditing research open to the public could help reduce the capacity for universities to game the system.
Chinese universities have started to rise up the world university rankings, increase their investment in research and grow their numbers of international student. Should Australia be worried?
Students and academics are fed up with the situation at South Africa's universities. One way to improve conditions is for universities to be run as institutions of learning – not big businesses.
Don't worry too much about university league tables – they might not be all they seem.
The news that African universities will soon be ranked has generated a great deal of hype. But the initiative seems likely to be doomed from the start.
All of the universities in Australia are of a high standard, so what makes them so good, and how do you choose between them?
It is crucial that institutions around Africa do not shy away from robust and critical debate while continental university rankings take shape.
Even when a hotel or restaurant ranking accurately reflects quality, consumers may be better off not knowing.
A huge project to bring together 19 institutions in France is to enter its first full academic year in September.