Best Universities in Nigeria (2019 World University Rankings)

Best Universities in Nigeria (2019 World University Rankings)

Last updated on November 21st, 2018 at 11:41 pm

Best Universities in Nigeria has been released by the The Higher Education (THE).

In the latest rankings only three Nigerian universities are among the over 1, 250 universities that were accessed based on performance, while 100 UK universities made the list.

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This latest world university rankings is done by The Times Higher Education  (THE).

All ranked institutions have an overall score and 4 pillar scores. However for each pillar, only institutions ranked in the top 500 overall or the top 500 in this pillar have a publicly visible score,” THE

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  1. Covenant University
  2. University of Ibadan
  3. University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Covenant University (601–800)

We’re not surprised that Covenant University, Otta, Ogun State, Nigeria, made THE latest 2019 World University Rankings, and ranked as the best Nigerian university for 2019.

Covenant University is a private institution founded by Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church.

Founded in 2002, Covenant University is one of the leading universities in Africa.

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Critics of the church have opposed the tuition fees of the institution since its inception, but we’ve seen that the management of the school is showing result for what critics have called “exorbitant tuition fees.”

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Available colleges at Covenant University:

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  • The College of Business and Social Sciences;
  • College of Leadership and Development Studies;
  • College of Engineering,
  • College of Science and Technology.

The Nigerian Universities Commission named it the best private university in Nigeria in its 2018 rankings and the 6th best university overall in Nigeria.

University of Ibadan (901-800)

Popularly called Premier institution, University of Ibadan (UI) is first university to be established in Nigeria and it is rated to be the best Nigerian university for 2019 by THE World University Rankings.

It started as an affiliated College of the University of London, it was granted full independent status in 1962.

Some of the available faculties in UI are:

  • Social Sciences,
  • Agriculture and Forestry,
  • Education,
  • Veterinary Medicine,
  • Technology,
  • Law,
  • Public Health and Dentistry.
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UI’s Postgraduate School is rated to be the largest in Africa, with its undergraduate and postgraduate student population split 50/50.

Ibadan, the location of the University of Ibadan is about 70 miles from Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital.

University of Nigeria, Nnsukka (1001+)

If you’ve ever met graduates of University of Nigeria (UNN) then the name Lion and Lioness won’t be strange to you. That’s what male and female graduates of the institution call themselves.

UNN in THE latest University World Rankings rates University of Nigeria as the third best Nigerian university.

UNN is one of the federal universities sited in Nsuka, Enugu State, Nigeria.

It was established by Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigeria’s first ceremonial President from 1963 to 1966) in 1955 and formally opened in 1960.

UNN has 102 academic departments with 15 faculties and offers 82 undergraduate programmes and 211 postgraduate programmes for a student population over 36,000.

The latest 2019 Best Universities in Nigeria was released by The Higher Education, and audited by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), making the 2019 World University rankings the only global university rankings to be subjected to full, independent scrutiny.


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