#5:. UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI—KENYA
Tracing its roots back to 1956, the University of Nairobi became an independent university in 1970.
Today, the university is home to about 57,000 students, and boasts an extensive range of research faculties, from biotechnology and bioinformatics to HIV prevention and research, from nuclear science and technology to tropical and infectious diseases.
Notable alumni include Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai; urologist Harcharan Gill, who is a professor at Stanford University, and former supermodel and entrepreneur Iman.