Best Nigerian Universities

A recent global ranking of the top 50 Best Nigerian Universities for 2017 has just been released, and the result is quite different from what we saw last year.

It seems some Universities who were not pleased with where they were ranked in 2014 have tried their best to ensure that they climb up the ladder to be ranked among the best.

According to Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, the university that came first in Nigeria as at 2016, is no longer worthy of the title and as such, we have a new king.

Well like I said, that was last year. In the rankings of Webometrics, Covenant University rose out of the background and the shadows to become one of the 15 best universities in Africa and the no. 1 university in Nigeria. Responding to the news, the vice-chancellor of the university, Prof Charles Ayo, made it known that they had put in a lot of effort and that they will not stop until the institution climbs to the list of the 10 best universities in Africa but sadly, this year saw way too many drops.

In the world ranking, a total of 136 Nigerian Universities made the list. The ranking was done based on four vital composite indicators which include their Presence, rate of Impact, Openness and Academic excellence. Check it out!

50 Best Nigerian Universities and World Ranking

1. University Of Ibadan (1335)

2. Covenant University Ota (1788)

3. Obafemi AwolowoUniversity (1986)

4. University of Lagos (2613)

5.  University of Nigeria (2652)

6. University of Port Harcourt (2840)

7. University of Agriculture Abeokuta (2914)

8. University of Ilorin (2985)

9. Ahmadu Bello University (3049)

10. Federal University of Technology Owerri (3214)

11. Federal University of Technology Akure (3507)

12. Federal University of Technology Minna (3513)

13. University of Benin (3542)

14. University of Abuja (4064)

15. Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (4070)

16. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (4075)

17. Bayero University Kano (4119)

18. University of Jos (4291)

19. University of Uyo (4306)

20. Nnamdi Azikiwe University (4313)

21. University of Calabar (4340)

22. Lagos State University (4860)

23. University of Maiduguri (5008)

24. Landmark University (5496)

25. (1) Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (5529)

26. Olabisi Onabanjo University (Ogun State University) (5686)

27. Babcock University (5822)

28. Rivers State University of Science & Technology (6197)

29. Federal University Oye-Ekiti Ekiti State (6226)

30. African University of Science & Technology Abuja (6745)

31. Adekunle Ajasin University (7022)

32. (1) Ebonyi State University (7242)

33. American University of Nigeria (7697)

34. Federal University Dutsin Ma (7798)

35. Niger Delta University (7967)

36. Ekiti State University Ado-Ekiti (University of Ado-Ekiti) (8090)

37. Redeemer’s University (8182)

38. Auchi Polytechnic (8225)

39. Osun State University (8239)

40. Usmanu Danfodiyo University (8503)

41. Enugu State University of Science and Technology (8617)

42. Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo FUNAI (9202)

43. Benue State University (9734)

44. Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma  (9806)

45. Kwara State University (9868)

46. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (10045)

47. Fountain University Osogbo (10720)

48. Lagos Business School Pan-African University (10976)

49. Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi (11005)

50. Lead City University Ibadan (11020)


Note: Webometrics uses multiple ranking factors based on academic web presence, research output including not only formal (e-journals, repositories) publications but also informal scholarly communication and the economic relevance of the technology transfer to industry, the community engagement (social, cultural, environmental roles) and even the political influences are all considered.

Also, the list of the Best Universities in Africa for 2017 was released. Check it out below, the university, their world rank and the country.

 Best Universities in Africa

1. University of Cape Town (273)  South Africa

2. Stellenbosch University (423)  S/A

3. University of Witwatersrand (458) S/A

4. University of Pretoria (499) S/A

5. University of Kwazulu Natal (611)  S/A

6. Cairo University (724)  Egypt

7. University of the Western Cape (734) S/A

8. University of Nairobi (775)  Kenya

9. Alexandria University (916) Egypt

10. Universities of Johannesburg (987) S/A

11. Makerere University (1037) Uganda

12. Rhodes University (1060) S/A

13. American University in Cairo (1202) Egypt

14. North West University (1208) S/A

15. University of South Africa (1317) S/A

16. University Of Ibadan (1335) Nigeria

Nigerian Universities seem to be slipping farther down on the list. Judging from the ranking of previous years, things are not looking promising for the next ranking. Some people actually believe that by the next ranking in 2018, Nigerian Universities should be among the best 10 in Africa.