The Best Universities in Nigeria 2023

It is possible to get carried away with our socio-economic issues and miss out on the value of some Nigerian universities which have attained global reputation for their academic excellence.

Curious about which universities I have described above? Read on. I have compiled a comprehensive list of the 10 best universities in Nigeria 2023

University ranking system
The most recent ranking by the National Universities Commission (NUC) was in  2003; thus, we have relied on international ranking systems such as:

  • Times higher education.
  • The Emerging economies university ranking.
  • Webometrics ranking.

These systems rank institution on the following parameters:

  • Quality of education and faculty staff.
  • The number of alumni winning prizes and awards.
  • The number of research output papers published.
  • International outlook. 
  • Learning environment.

Best Nigerian Universities 2023

According to these criteria and systems, I bring you the top universities in Nigeria.

University of Ibadan (UI)

The university is currently ranked #1 in Nigeria and #401 in the world. It was the first university in Nigeria.

The school has an exquisite team of lecturers and administrators, a great learning environment, and a global research impact. It has one of the first-rate teaching hospitals in Africa and alumni of notable individuals. 

University of Lagos (UNILAG)

The University was founded in 1962. Its education is qualitative and research-driven. It has research centres and groups that are supported with funds and an extensive library collection.

The school has terrific alumni including the 1st African to win the Pulitzer prize, Dele Olojede, and Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, a CNN heroes honoree.

Covenant University (CU)

The private Christian university was founded in 2002 at Ota, Ogun state. It possesses ultra-modern facilities, exceptional lecturers, and a robust academic calender.

It holds sturdy international linkages with top global institutions such as MIT and fully funded research clusters. Likewise, it has an exclusive alumni platform and job opportunities.

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)

The University is known for its unique structure. It was established in 1962 and has 13 faculties, a postgraduate college, a college of health science, and several institutes and research centres. It has a deserving place among the top 5 universities.

University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)

it’s a federal university in Enugu state, and it owns 102 academic departments across 15 faculties in 4 campuses, including a teaching Hospital and a business school.

It established a centre for herbal medicine and drug research and development, space science, and energy research. It also has an entrepreneurial hub that invests in viable student ideas.

Lagos State University (LASU)

The state university is known for its educational excellence, and it is ranked as the 6th best university in Nigeria.

It includes centres for information and communication technology, institutes for organic agriculture and green economy, and great courses like aeronautic and polymer engineering.

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU).

Northern Nigeria is represented in this list by this university situated in Zaria, Kaduna state.

It has stayed true to providing an international standard of learning and education. It bears the highest amount of graduates turned political leaders and possesses the largest teaching hospital in the country.

University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT)

The University is well-grounded in terms of the experience of lecturers and educational arete, with a standard library for research and findings.

Some notable alumni include Rotimi Amaechi, former governor of Rivers State, and Patience Maseli, the first female deputy director of the upstream division of the department of petroleum resources.

Nnamdi Azikiwe University. (UNIZIK)

It fully became a federal university in 1992. Its goal is “to use teaching and research and public service to solve societal problems”. It is accredited by the NUC to offer electronic and computer engineering.

It has TETFUND research funds and grants. Rita Orji, a Nigerian-Canadian professor, and Canada research chair is an alumnus.

University of Ilorin

The very popular University located in Kwara state and established under the military decree in 1975, was one of the most sought-after in the last concluded UTME exams.

With sound professors, an ample learning environment, and standard learning facilities, it fulfils its vision “to provide a world-class environment for learning research and community service”.

Now you know the 10 best universities in Nigeria. Did your favourite school make the list?

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