University Ranking: UI Ranked No 1 in Nigeria, 16th In Africa

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The University of Ibadan, UI, is now the number one citadel of learning in Nigeria and 16th in Africa according to the January edition of ranking web of universities. Indicators such as teaching, research, research impact, innovation and international outlook were employed in arriving at the new ranking.

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Covenant University and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife came second and third respectively.

University of Ibadan (UI) was College of the University of London in a special relationship scheme up until 1962  when it became a full-fledged independent university.

UI,  as it is fondly called is one of the oldest universities in Nigeria and largest in Africa. With the flagship of postgraduate education in Nigeria,  it produces the much required human resources for the entire Nigerian University system, the Nigerian public and private sectors and beyond.

The best universities in Africa span nine countries, from Uganda in the east to Nigeria in the west, Morocco in the north to South Africa in the south of the continent.

Asides this latest ranking, UI was also featured in the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2016-2017 and was listed among 24 top universities in Africa.



According to the Times Higher Education ranking the ranking rates university performance using 13 different indicators measuring teaching, research, research impact, innovation and international outlook.

Two South Africa’s universities appear in the top 200 of the worldwide rankings; the University of Cape Town is Africa’s top university at position 148, and Wits University is ranked at position 182, beating many prestigious universities in Germany, the UK, Canada, the US and Hong Kong.

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Overall, Egypt and South Africa are the two best represented African countries in the ranking, with eight universities each.Below is list of Top 10 universities in Nigeria according to the web of universities January edition ranking

Below is list of Top 10 universities in Nigeria according to the web of universities January edition ranking.

ranking World Ranksort descending University Det. Presence Rank* Impact Rank* Openness Rank* Excellence Rank*
1 1336 University of Ibadan 3448 1303 1613 1715
2 1790 Covenant University Ota 1663 1622 1944 2685
3 1988 Obafemi Awolowo University 1277 2543 2520 2534
4 2614 University of Lagos 2007 6119 2330 2521
5 2653 University of Nigeria 2988 5818 1425 2805
6 2841 University of Port Harcourt 8694 3232 2275 3458
7 2915 University of Agriculture Abeokuta 2856 5430 2481 3125
8 2986 University of Ilorin 5469 6333 2111 2941
9 3049 Ahmadu Bello University 4182 8500 2558 2546
10 3214 Federal University of Technology Owerri 14971 2448 4017 3859

This is what the table looks like for the top 20 universities in Africa

ranking World Ranksort descending University Det. Country Presence Rank* Impact Rank* Openness Rank* Excellence Rank*
1 273 University of Cape Town bandera 345 425 262 260
2 423 Stellenbosch University bandera 276 667 508 461
3 458 University of the Witwatersrand bandera 716 816 501 395
4 499 University of Pretoria bandera 219 765 525 585
5 611 University of Kwazulu Natal bandera 392 1371 645 525
6 724 Cairo University bandera 896 1557 1075 598
7 734 University of the Western Cape bandera 310 794 1183 1066
8 775 University of Nairobi bandera 11 785 910 1513
9 916 Alexandria University bandera 2351 1425 1247 901
10 987 University of Johannesburg bandera 1723 2591 687 782
11 1037 Makerere University bandera 1170 1803 2173 880
12 1060 Rhodes University bandera 1494 1373 981 1360
13 1203 American University in Cairo bandera 1992 1038 1225 1832
14 1209 North West University bandera 1494 2561 1094 1088
15 1318 University of South Africa bandera 1368 1673 1392 1685
16 1336 University of Ibadan bandera 3448 1303 1613 1715
17 1391 Mansoura University bandera 952 4166 1242 1002
18 1458 University of the Free State bandera 1628 3416 1278 1269
19 1560 Moi University bandera 1714 907 4361 2269
20 1603 Ain Shams University bandera 1439 6500 1417 812