Top 10 Best Universities in Nigeria (Latest Ranking)


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

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 list has revealed the top 10 universities in Nigeria which are mentioned below.

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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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  • 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  • Johnson A. Ekpo

    The ranking is in order.

  • ex-con

    University of Ilorin doesn’t have that structure at all. So i don’t know where you got your image from. And also the rankings are WRONG.

  • Baale Awo 1998

    Great Ifeee,I love youuu,there is only one Great Ife in the universe,another Great Ifeee is a counterfeit—

  • adermxx

    great sde.

  • Ebbah Peace

    These are the best ten universities in Nigeria. Please, clap your hands for them. The rest are the others. Great Uniben.

  • martins

    what is auchi poly doing there?

  • Peter Rocks

    Wat makes an Institute great is nt by nuc’s Rankin, it is rather by hw much u’v learn. Nt hw far bt hw well . we in AAU(Ambrose Alli University) believe dat THE KEY IS IN UR OWN HAND.

  • Padre

    Where Unijos….fake ranking
    Of the greatest jossite

  • Padre

    Where is Unijos….fake ranking
    Of the greatest jossite

  • Padre

    No Unijos? ….
    Of the greatest jossite

  • Aladesiun Oluwatobiloba

    this is the NUC official top 10

    1 Obafemi Awolowo University
    2 Covenant University Ota
    3 University of Ibadan
    4 University of Lagos
    5 University of Ilorin
    6 Ahmadu Bello University
    7 University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
    8 Landmark University
    9 Federal University of Technology Akure
    10 University of Nigeria

  • Cyril assumpta

    This is an unfair ranking ,bcos ABU ranks first.

  • Olamide Joseph

    What is Auchi Poly doing on the top 10 list? We should only see such a school on the top 50….

  • mark

    auchi polytes… we lead all polytechnics, others follow

  • la dame

    can we be clarified on the yardsticks for the ranking?

  • femi adebola

    great unilorin.better by far

  • Oluwasijibomi Lemo

    Good job. I want to know the position of Tai Solarin University of Education.