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Top 10 Best Universities in Nigeria (Latest Ranking)

Education in Africa especially in countries like Nigeria has seen much challenges in recent times. With the instability in the Nigerian government, maintaining high standards in learning is more difficult. The frequency of academic strikes among Nigerian universities has been on the increase however some universities within the most populous black country are starting to prove their worth. Looking at the best universities in Nigeria in the latest ranking released by webometrics of the top universities in Africa which is an all South African top 8 universities, one Nigerian University is positioned among the top 20. However, the ranking has revealed the top 10 universities in Nigeria which are mentioned below.

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Best 10 Nigerian Universities and Polytechnics

10. Covenant University, Ota

Covenant University, Ota - universities in Nigeria

Covenant University is a growing, dynamic vision-birthed, vision driven University, founded on a Christian mission ethos and committed to pioneering excellence at the cutting edge of learning. Driven by the compelling vision of raising a new generation of Leaders for the African Continent on the platform of a Holistic, Human Development and integrated learning curriculum, in order to raise Total Men who will go out to develop their world. Covenant University ranks number 10 on our list of top 10 Universities in Nigeria

9. University of Benin (UNIBEN)

University of Benin (UNIBEN)

The University of Benin was founded in 1970. 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.  The University has continued to grow from strength to strength with a number of Faculties, Departments, Institutes and Units. The University offers courses at various levels: Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Diploma and Certificate. Presently, the total student enrolment stands at over 40,000 made up of both full-time and part-time students shared among the various Faculties.

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8. Auchi Polytechnic

Auchi Polytechnic

Auchi Polytechnic is one of the leading Polytechnics in the country, in one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan towns in Nigeria. Auchi Polytechnic is one of the first four Polytechnics in Nigeria. It was founded in 1963, first, as a technical college and later in 1973 as a Polytechnic. The extent law establishing it assigns to the institution the task of producing well trained and highly skilled middle level manpower for the national economy in the areas of engineering technology, science environmental studies, Management studies and Art & Design.

7. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) began in 1961 following the recommendation of the Ashby Commission on “Post-School Certificate and Higher Education in Nigeria”. Ahmadu Bello University began full operation in 1962, on the cites of these educational institutions: the defunct Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, founded in 1955; the Clerical Training Centre, Kongo, founded in 1957; the Samaru Agricultural Research Station, established in  1924, and the Shika Livestock Farm, started in 1928.

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6. University of Ibadan (U.I)

University of Ibadan (U.I)

University of Ibadan (U.I) is Nigeria’s premier university that is located at Ibadan, Oyo state. The institution offers both undergraduate degrees and post graduate degrees. Admission into university of Ibadan is however very difficult and competitive.

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Best Universities in Nigeria according to the Latest Rankings

5. University of Ilorin

University of Ilorin

One of the top 10 best universities in Nigeria according to the latest rankings. UNILORIN is also one of NUC’s best universities in Nigeria

 4. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)

University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)

A top Nigerian University with the vision to place herself in the forefront of Research and development, Innovation, Knowledge Transfer and Human Resource Development in the global academic terrain, while promoting the core values which will ensure the restoration of the dignity of man. Also among the leading Universities in Nigeria

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3. University of Lagos (UNILAG)

University of Lagos (UNILAG)

Founded in 1962, the University of Lagos has, for over 4 decades, provided quality and objective education to both Nigerian and its neighbours. The University has built a legacy of excellence and has been instrumental in the production of top range graduates and academia who have had tremendous impact, directly or indirectly, on growth and development in Nigeria. The honours and awards won testify to the positive impact of the University of Lagos on education and academic matters in Nigeria.

2. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB)

Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) - universities in Nigeria

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State (FUNAAB) was established on 1 January 1988 by the Federal Government when four Universities of Technology, earlier merged in 1984, were demerged. This led to the creation of the first two Universities of Agriculture in Abeokuta and Makurdi. The university was awarded the best university in the country by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) consecutively in the year 2002 and 2003.The establishment of the Universities of Agriculture was an entirely new concept for promoting agricultural education and services for agricultural development and attainment of self-sufficiency in food and fibre.It deserves a number two spot on the list of top 10 Universities in Nigeria

1. Obafemi Awolowo University (O.A.U) Ile-Ife

Obafemi Awolowo University (O.A.U) Ile-Ife

The Obafemi Awolowo University is a comprehensive public institution established in 1962 as The University of Ife. The University is situated on a vast expanse of land totalling 11,861 hectares in Ile-Ife, Osun State, southwest of Nigeria. In the 1970’s and the early 1980’s, the University attained a foremost position among universities in Africa, with a vibrant academic and social atmosphere and a high international reputation. Today, the University celebrates a rich tradition of excellence having produced, from among its staff, a Nobel Laureate and four National Merit Award winners.



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  • Idam, Macben O.

    I don’t really know the major yardstick used to arrive at this ranking…
    My alma mater, at 4th position, deserves the topmost rank at the echelon own to the most impressive strides that have been recorded and are still ongoing on the various campuses of the school…
    A lot has been invested and harvested to boost the sustainable development of human and material resources of Africa and beyond.

  • Folashade Oyewole

    How about the Federal University of Technology, Akure?

  • John Hananiya

    My University is ABU Zaria, greatest ABUSITE…

  • samuel tom

    uniport should be there

  • Lawal opeyemi

    Premier University,first and best………University of Ibadan

  • olabanjo

    This list is totally baseless and unreasonable.

  • abass

    University of first. Choice and nations pride came. 9th in africa while oau.wasn’t in top 40

  • uche

    I do not know the yardstick used to measure this ranking. But I also do not think that it is totally wrong. I think it is a very fair ranking.

  • http://google sani Ilyasu gabasawa

    Haba NUC! There is too much Nigeria in your ranking.

  • ibrahim uba Zango

    where is my highly school BUK,Kano?!

  • jojo

    is this a joke or did nuc leave unizik out???

  • Adeola Ajayi

    GREAAAAAAAAAAT IFE. I am happy that my alma mater has maintained its greatness.

  • Justina Bikpo

    I think it’s a fair ranking.

  • Harrison Ejabena

    Proudly Great ife… anoda great university is a counterfeit! i don my fedora hat to Oba Awon University!

  • dikewechie

    where is UNIPORT???

  • Ojo Funsho

    Greatest Ife! Greeeeeeeeeeet and that makes it my alma mata.

  • Arc Dr Olu Ozon

    How and in what capacity was the rankings of best?. We need encouragement not a discouragement and we need to be judicious in rankings.

  • Mike

    @Ibrahim Uba Zango. You’re one of the major reasons your school isnt on the list. Your “highly school” indeed

  • Adebiyi

    I am sure president Jonathan and his wife picked the top 10. There is God o.

  • Alfred

    This ranking is Wack

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  • Osaji Onalo Honour

    Its a fair ranking totally rubbish. the 10th is d first best university in Africa xo amend this ranking check it out @ d covenant university

  • Atoyebi Taye

    whatever the criteria been used in the ranking. the premier universities will continue to be. where is Great OSUites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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