Ranking of Universities is done by reputable University ranking organizations such as Times Higher Education World University Ranking, World University Rankings, U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking, Academic Ranking of World Universities, and Reuters Top 100. This is premised on the ranking of Universities in west Africa done by these recognized bodies. The ranking of universities by these bodies is based on a combination of factors such as academic standards, facilities, cost, visibility in research, ratio of students to lecturers, and Webometrics ranking, among others. Here’s a list of top 10 best universities in Nigeria.
The University of Ibadan (UI) was established in 1947 initially as college under the University of London. It became a full-fledged independent University in 1962. The university has grown since then and has always ranked high as the leading university in Nigeria among all rankings done by various bodies. This university has consistently appeared on the list of top five universities in Nigeria for several years. In 2018, it was the only Nigerian university to be ranked among the top 1,000 universities in the world according to global rankings released by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), one of the most reputable and respected university ranking bodies in the world. It was ranked the 14th best university in Africa that same year. Another reputable global universities ranking body, The Times Higher Education in its World University Rankings for 2018, ranked University of Ibadan among the top 700 universities in the world. It was ranked 677 on the list. The quality of education and research at the UI is impressively high. Click here for more on University of Ibadan.
The University of Nigeria (UNN), is a federal university located in Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria. Founded by Nnamdi Azikiwe in 1955 and formally opened on 7 October 1960, the University of Nigeria has three campuses – Nsukka, Enugu, and Ituku-Ozalla – all located in Enugu State. The institution is also ranked among the leading Universities in Nigeria. In 2018, The University of Nigeria was ranked among the top 1000 universities in the world by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Click here to see programmes offered at UNN.
The University of Lagos (UNILAG) was founded in 1962. It presently has three Campuses in Yaba and Surulere. Whereas two of its Campuses are located in Yaba (the main campus in Akoka and the recently created campus at the former School of Radiography), its College of Medicine is located in Idi-Araba, Surulere. UNILAG is the center of excellence in many academic programmes in Nigeria. This is why it keeps featuring among the leading Universities in the country in rankings done by various international organizations. Click here for more on UNILAG.
Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) is another higher institution of great international repute. The university is a federal government owned and operated institution located in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.. The university was founded in 1961 and classes commenced in October 1962 as the University of Ife by the regional government of Western Nigeria, led by late chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola, and was renamed Obafemi Awolowo University on 12 May 1987 in honour of Chief Obafemi Awolowo (1909–1987), first premier of the Western Region of Nigeria, whose brainchild the university was. See more about the University here.
Covenant University is among the leading private Universities in West Africa with great international repute. It is the best private University in Nigeria based on rankings done by various university ranking bodies. The University is located in Ota, Ogun State in Nigeria. It is a private Christian university, affiliated with Living Faith Church Worldwide and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Association of African Universities and National Universities Commission. In September 2018, The Covenant University was ranked the best University in Nigeria by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was placed 636 while the University of Ibadan was ranked 677 as the second best university in Nigeria, followed by University of Nigeria by Times Higher Education rankings. Click here for more on Covenant University.
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Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) is a federal government university situated in Zaria, Kaduna State. It was founded on 4 October 1962, as the University of Northern Nigeria. The university operates two campuses: Samaru and Kongo in Zaria. The University was named after Sir Ahmadu Bello (1901-1966), “the Sardauna of Sokoto” and the Premier of Northern Nigeria. This is one of the leading universities in Nigeria of great international repute. It has impressive academic standards. See programmes here.
Federal University of Technology Minna (FUTMINNA) is a Federal Government institution located in Minna, Nigeria. FUTMINNA specializes in technological education. It was established on 1st February, 1983. It is noted for quality academic programmes and impressive research visibility across the world. Click here for more on FUTMMINNA.
University of Ilorin, also known as Unilorin, is a federal government-owned university located in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. It was established by a Decree of the Federal Military Government in August, 1975. This university appears several local and international rankings as one of the leading universities in Nigeria. Unilorin was the first Nigerian university to be ranked among the top 20 universities in Africa and that was in 2014. The institution has continued to grow in reputation and quality content since then. See more here.
University of Benin (UNIBEN) is among the leading universities in Nigeria with great international repute. It was the first university to have a female Vice Chancellor in Nigeria, Grace Alele-Williams who served from 1985-1991. The university was founded in 1970 and is located in Benin city, Edo State, Nigeria. It started as an Institute of Technology and was accorded the status of a full-fledged University by National Universities Commission (NUC) on 1st July, 1971. UNIBEN has always appeared in the list of top 10 universities in Nigeria done by different bodies. This shows some form of consistency in quality academic programmes and research in the University. See more here.
The Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) was founded in 1981 under a drive by the government of Nigeria to create universities that specialised in producing graduates with practical as well as theoretical knowledge of technologies. It is located in Akure, the capital city of Ondo State. Quality of education and research in this university is high. In 2018,it was ranked the 9th by Webometrics, a reputable ranking website in the world. See more on FUTA here.