Research Outline

African university capacity


To quantify the number of people in 4-10 African countries (excluding South Africa) who are eligible for higher education (have passed the university entrance exam) but then cannot secure a place due to lack of space. To also obtain how many students are actually enrolled in higher education in each of these countries.

Early Findings


  • In Ethiopia, the entrance exam is the EUEE, administered by the NEAEA. The government website is in the local language, so translation yielded limited results. There is a document on the website on intake capacity, but it unfortunately is 2011 figures. Total Ethiopian intake capacity in 2011 was 140,670.
  • The Certificate of Secondary Education Examination in Tanzania is administered by the National Examinations Council.
  • While the website has public results, they are listed individually by student, making it impossible to calculate how many passed in 2018. The latest newsletter from the body does not disclose the number of students that passed, nor the number of spaces available.


  • A news article with the 2016 results stated 277,283 students passed the exam.
  • Researching Tanzania's intake capacity hit a wall, as the website for the Tanzania Commission for Universities is not currently working. There is a news story that capacity is significantly down, as 19 universities were still banned for the 2018/19 year for failing to comply with regulations.


  • In 2018, 90,377 passed the university entrance exam. There were around 74,000 spaces available last year, so there is some shortfall.


  • Information on Algerian university exams was extremely limited, likely due to the language barrier. There is a news story stating that in 2019, 674,120 students took the higher education exam (called International Baccalaureate Exam).
  • An older source stated that the pass rate was around 61.2% in 2010. This means possibly around 412,561 passed.
  • No information was publicly available on the intake capacity for Algerian universities. Similarly, no news stories surfaced stating space was an issue.