Nigeria is blessed in all sectors, direct your radar to the educational sectors, we have them in quantum, that is the reason we bring you the list of top 20 best universities In Nigeria, the selection is done yearly this is 2016 list of top 20 universities in Nigeria, and next year, we would have another compilation termed top 20 Universities in Nigeria 2017 list according to the Nigerian University Commission, and that is how it goes. The yearly compilation of the best universities in Nigeria is not to despise others that are not on the list but encourage them to improve their institutions and make it a more conducive for learning environment for students.
The Nigerian universities are ranked in no particular order. You will agree with me that there are private universities and there are public universities among the top best list, there is a mix.
“Web-o-metrics” which is a portal that ranks universities worldwide using special ranking system has ranked Covenant University and OAU as the first and second ranked respectively. Although I believe that this ranking is meant to change as several factors come into play.
Some of the Nigerian universities on the list has a track record of consistency. Others are older and therefore by age made the list. Let’s take a brief look at the top 20 best universities in Nigeria.
Top 20 Best Universities in Nigeria And Their Biographies
The Covenant University, Ota
A privately owned university in Nigeria owned by living faith church a.k.a winners chapel which is pastored by bishop David Oyedepo. Its boast of white lecturers coming from all over the world to teach the students. The school also boasts of producing the highest number of 1st class students yearly, though one of the expensive, the money justifies the quality of education.
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife
Great Ife as the students fondly call it, though originally known as Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) was established in 1961, it offers undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in fields of specialization spanning the humanities, the arts, the natural sciences, the social sciences, the medical sciences, engineering and technology.
OAU has 13 faculties and two colleges the Postgraduate College and the College of Health Sciences administered in more than 60 departments. It was previously associated with Loma Linda University in California, USA. Ever since the establishment of OAU, a total of 82 departments have emerged with numerous courses offered, this is no surprise why it is among the top universities in Nigeria till date.
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University of Ibadan, Ibadan
One cannot talk about the best universities in Nigeria without mentioning the University of Ibadan, it is the first university in Nigeria and still remains one of the most prestigious till today. The university was established in 1948 with its current The university was established in 1948 with its current Chairman and Vice Chancellor as Wole Olanipekun (Chairman) and Abel Idowu Oyayinka (VC University of Ibadan).
Besides the College of Medicine, added faculties are eleven others which includes Arts , Science, Agriculture and Forestry, Social Sciences, Education, Veterinary Medicine, Technology, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Dentistry. The University has residential and sports facilities for staff and students on campus, as well as separate botanical and zoological gardens.
University of Lagos, Akoka
Unilag as it is fondly, sits comfortable at the center of Lagos state, the financial hub of Nigeria. It is without doubt a school with class, i remember back in the days, when there were non private universities in Nigeria, Unilag used to be the school for the aje butters (rich kids), fast forward to today, it still retains its uniqueness. The University of Lagos was established in 1962 was initially a federal government research university in Lagos State before being converted to a full fledged university. It is no doubt even among the top 10 universities in Nigeria whether federal or state combined.
It has produced many illustrious graduates and it boast of a very rich alumni. The university of Lagos has an enviable position on this list of top 20 best universities in Nigeria.
University of Ilorin
I have a few friends who have finished from the university of Ilorin. It’s a well disciplined school and has a very good learning environment . sometimes, I mistake it for a private university. They are know for their speedy academic session. If you are looking for a Federal universities with the fastest academic sessions, University of Ilorin definitely would almost top the list. Still surprised it graces the list of the top 20 best universities in Nigeria?
6. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
A university located in the northern part of the country. It is situated in zaria , a suburb of kaduna state. Very lively school and it has a vibrant population.
7. Federal University of Technology, Akure
The federal university of agriculture Akure is a popular university as every high school student must have heard of its name at some point. If you are a tech person, this is the school for you.
8. Landmark University
This university made the top thirteen list and it’s a private Christian University founded by Dr. David Oyedepo. Established in 2011 with about 2700 students, Landmark university unlike others believes in quality rather than quantity. But it is not cheap to come by. Its regarded as one of the top and best universities in Nigeria.
9. University of Nigeria, Nsukka
A household name university. Its popularly known as UNN. Located in the eastern part of the country. It has produced many notable persons and it’s a top notch university to study in.
10. University of Benin, Uniben
Great Uniben as we call it, some call it Unibest. thankfully i am a proud alumni of this great institution, you cannot graduate from the University of Benin and still be found wanting, a typical uniben student knows how to create a living for himself even after graduating from school.
The Institution 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 1 July 1971. They represent positively where ever they are found. Without doubt, university of Benin still remains a top university in Nigeria and holds an enviable position on the list of best universities in Nigeria till today.