In this post, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 universities in the country based on the latest rankings from University ranking bodies like Times Higher Education World University Ranking, World University Rankings, U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking, Academic Ranking of World Universities and The Reuters Top 100.
1. University of Ibadan
The University of Ibadan (UI) is the oldest degree-awarding institution in Nigeria and is located five miles (8 kilometers) from the center of the major city of Ibadan in Western Nigeria. It is popularly known as Unibadan or UI.
Besides the College of Medicine, there are twelve other faculties: Arts, Science, Agriculture and Forestry, Renewable Natural Resources, Social Sciences, Education, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Technology, Law, Public Health, and Dentistry. A thirteenth, Economics, Environmental Design and Management, is proposed.
2. University of Nigeria, Nsukka
The University of Nigeria, commonly referred to as 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 four campuses – Nsukka, Enugu, and Ituku-Ozalla – all located in Enugu State and Aba campus in Abia State
The University of Nigeria was the first full-fledged indigenous and first autonomous university in Nigeria, modeled upon the American educational system. It is the first land-grant university in Africa and one of the five universities in Nigeria with the highest reputation. The university has 15 Faculties and 102 academic departments. The University offers 82 undergraduate programs and 211 postgraduate programs.
3. University of Lagos
The University of Lagos – popularly known as Unilag – is a federal government-owned research university in Lagos State, Nigeria.
The university has remained one of the most competitive in the country in terms of admissions. With approximately 57,000 students as of 2013, the University of Lagos has one of the largest student populations of any university in the country. The University of Lagos is among the first generation of universities in Nigeria and also one of the twenty-five federal universities which are overseen and accredited by the National Universities Commission. The university has been called “the University of First Choice and the Nation’s Pride.”
4. Obafemi Awolowo University
Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), formerly it’s known as the University of Ife, is a federal government-owned and operated Nigerian university. The university is in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. The university was founded in 1961 and classes commenced in October 1962 at 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.
5. Covenant University
Covenant University (CU) is located in Ota, Ogun State in Nigeria. It is a private Christian university, affiliated with Living Faith Church Worldwide. A member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Association of African Universities and National Universities Commission. Over the years, Covenant University has grown to be one of the leading universities from Nigeria based on annual rankings from various organizations, scholarly citations from reputable journals and JAMB statistics.