Africa as a developing country has seen an exponential growth in all sectors that cut across every nation of the continent. This growth has been aided by the rapid advancement in technology around the world, some of which have come to the shores of Africa. The growth of the continent is also aided by some of the top polytechnics within the continent, many of which have produce a workforce that is skilled in technical and vocational abilities which in a way, brought about innovation. These polytechnics are well represented with a great reputation among fellow African countries.

In this article, we will give a brief overview of the top polytechnics in Africa. These polytechnics have a reputation to be the best among its peers in the sector. Each of the polytechnics represented here are equipped with top class facilities, structures, laboratories, aids, and other necessary features that help facilitate better and competitive learning for its students. Here are the top polytechnics which take Africa as a home.

Lagos City Polytechnic

Despite its status as being the youngest tertiary institution represented on this list of top polytechnics in Africa, Lagos City Polytechnic has proven itself as a worthy institution. It is the first private Polytechnic in Nigeria whose operations are community centered, technological advance and response to the educational needs of the richly diverse population of Nigeria and its workforce.

The school offers up to 1500 courses which includes Accountancy, Computer science/Engineering, Business Administration and management, Electrical and electronic engineering, office technology and management, Statistics in computer science; all of which are handled by up to 500 instructors who are experts in their respective fields. Over the years, the institution has a track record of producing some of the best workforce who have well represented in every sector they find themselves across Nigeria, and Africa at large. With world class, state of the art technology and facilities employed by the institution, Lagos City Polytechnic is without a doubt one of the best in Africa.


Accra Polytechnic

The Accra Polytechnic can be counted as one of the pace setters for other tertiary institutions in Africa. It has been one of the standard bearers which many polytechnics look to imitate. With a mission to Continuously produce graduates that are fully equipped for the world of work and the provision of technological solutions through applied research to industry and communities, Accra Polytechnic has been able to fit the bill of a top tertiary school.

The school offer up to ten degree (B. Tech) courses, as well as 15 HND programs. These programs which includes Mechanical Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Building Technology, Civil Engineering, Furniture Design and Production, Secretaryship and Management Studies, Bilingual Secretaryship and Management Studies, Accountancy, Marketing, Purchasing and Supply, Hotel Catering and Institutional Management, Fashion Design and Textiles, Mathematics and Statistics, and Science Laboratory Technology; are run through 3 schools. All of these technical courses are taught by the best instructors in the practice today.

Arab Academy For Science And Technology And Maritime Transport (AAST)

AAST is a polytechnic which is made up of talented, diverse, and dedicated people including students, instructors, researchers, academic and non academic staff, and every other personnel that make up the entire school. The polytechnic’s continously success and growth over the years is attributed to the efforts and determination of the school to get to the very top by helping its students attain impressive levels of human development, academic prowess and achievements. A visit to the school will enlighten you more on the numerous programs, and research fields available in the school. The huge accomplishments of the staff of the school and its alumni is indicative of the quality of education on offer at the school.

While at the school, students not only embark on an academic journey, but also one of professional, personal self discovery and development. Majority of graduates of the school have become leaders in Maritime Transport, Engineering, Business, International Transport, Computer Science and innumerable other respective fields these graduates find themselves across Africa and around the globe.


Another representative institution from Nigeria on this list of top polytechnics in Africa is YABATECH. This is a school which has built a reputation for itself as a hub for producing well baked, qualified, innovative, and creative workforce in Nigeria and Africa at large. The exploits of the products from this school in all sectors of the Nigerian economy earned it a place in this list of top polytechnics across the continent.

Initially established as Yaba Higher college in 1947, the school was renamed to YABATECH due to the increased capacity of the school, as well as quality of education offered. The school is efficient and proficient in what it does, so much that rumors have been peddled about the conversion of the school into a University. The senate and administration of the school has however denied these claims. The polytechnic is home to 8 schools which offer a total of 64 programs which has all been accredited by the necessary bodies.

Auchi Polytechnic

When speaking of an institution which posses most of the necessary facilities required to provide complete technical education to its students, Auchi Polytechnic definitely fits the bill. The technical skills and knowledge required by respective programs offered by the school are dispensed with some of the best facilities, more than what you will find in other polytechnics across Africa. It is definitely the most preferable choice by most candidates looking to have a practical and  technical knowledge in their respective field of study. The school was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 1964. Despite being one of the oldest polytechnics in Nigeria, the school has done its best to adapt and evolve with time to conform with the technological changes experienced in Africa and growth through an ever-changing curriculum.

Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro

Nigeria is probably home to most of the top polytechnics in Africa, Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro is the fourth representative on this list. It’s quite impossible to discuss the top polytechnics in Africa without taking note of the federal Polytechnic, Ilaro. Such is the reputation of the school as a standard bearer for many other polytechnics; both upcoming and already established ones. Most new polytechnics get cues from this Polytechnic as a model to build theirs around. Despite being established in 1979, it quickly gained approval from its peers as a top polytechnic through its consistent academic calendar, quality education dispensation, as well as a wide reach in terms of programs offered. The possession of state of the art, up to date facilities by the school provides the students with the best environment for learning. You just can’t get it wrong with this Polytechnic.

Federal Polytechnic, Nekede

Following a well set out plan, the federal Polytechnic, Nekede has slowly risen through the ranks to establish itself among top polytechnics in Africa. It is no surprise to find the institution on the list due to the competitive structure of the school which makes it stand side by side with other top polytechnics. The school offer many programs which are technology based, which we can fairly say is the order of the day today. Technology is one of the major sectors driving the economy of most developed and developing countries today. This approach ensures the school is never left wanting when it comes to new innovations in the tech industry.

The school also provide education with a hands on approach which help graduates of the school adapt to technological changes. It helps students have the required practical knowledge in their chosen field, coupled with more important theoretical knowledge.

The Polytechnic Ibadan

The polytechnic Ibadan is usually not as popular as it is meant to be, largely due to the presence of the premier university in the state capital, which takes all the attention; so much that it is almost as if the polytechnic is non-existent. Nevertheless, the Polytechnic Ibadan is still a top polytechnic in Africa for students who get lucky to study in this institution. As opposed to other polytechnics on this list, the Polytechnic Ibadan operates using a faculty system. At the time of this writing, there are a total of five faculties present in the school. These faculties include Engineering, Sciences, Environmental studies, Financial and Management, and Business and Communication.

Founded in 1970, the institution has been consistent with its mandate of creating a workforce with vocational capabilities of technical and commercial workers. It is a feat which the institution always pride itself in till date.

Cape Coast Polytechnic

The Cape Coast Polytechnic is the oldest polytechnic which you will find among the top polytechnics in Africa. As a polytechnic tasked in providing technical education, the school offers education and training in Engineering, Science and Technology based disciplines, Technical and vocational Education and Training, Applied arts and related disciplines. The major aim of the institution is to help educate its students in an academically and technically balanced manner, so as to be well equipped for the challenges faced by the ever changing society today.

The school consist of 3 faculties which have 13 subdivisions in departments and directorates. The institution offers university degree certificates, as well as HND certificates. This enables the school to offer conversion programs from B.Sc to HND.

Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny

Established in 1996, Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny (Félix Houphouët-Boigny National Polytechnic Institute) is a non-profit tertiary institution located in the urban setting of the small city of Yamoussoukro. Officially accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Ivory Coast, Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny (INP-HB) is a mini tertiary institution with an enrollment range of 3000-4000 students. Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny (INP-HB) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study.

This polytechnic has a selective admission policy based on performance on tests and students’ grades at college level. Most people don’t consider this school as a top institution because of its selective admission process which usually favors Ivoirians. However, the Polytechnic is well equipped with the necessary facilities, and infrastructures which provide students with the right environment to succeed.