Top 100 Best Universities in Nigeria in 2020


Looking for the top 100 best universities in Nigeria in 2020 or which university is the best in Nigeria 2019? – In Nigeria, the university is seen as the highest educational institution and is revered accordingly.

This has led to the rise of many universities in the country after the founding of the premier university of Nigeria; the University of Ibadan in 1948.

Best Universities in Nigeria in 2019The universities have produced lots of gems, inventors, politicians, doctors, eminent barristers and two presidents of Nigeria where products of the university system.

As more and more universities continue to surface year after year, the competition gets stiffer and the rankings have never remained static. Some universities take a plunge down to lower positions while some climb higher into the top 10.

However, some of the first generation universities have been able to prove their mettle with others even as the competition heightens.

These universities have made themselves the first choice for secondary leavers seeking admission into higher institutions and they’ve cautiously coveted the top ten’s in the rankings making them more admirable than they already are.

Some of these universities include; the University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University-Ife, Ahmadu Bello University-Zaria, University of Nigeria-Nsukka, Covenant University-Ota, University of Lagos, University of Benin, Federal University of Agriculture-Abeokuta, University of Ilorin and the University of Port Harcourt amongst others.

There are certain indices used to rank these universities in Nigeria.

These indices are not entirely up to the standard used globally especially in developed countries which is understandably regretful due to the challenges faced by the Nigerian University system.

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These days, several rankings have cluttered the net without judging from certain prerequisite parameters.

However, the age of the first generation universities can count for something, if not for anything else their class of distinguishable alumni and the volume of research work carried out under their domain.

Also, their infrastructure have stood the test of time beating all odds that were up against them.

Their online publications and researches published in international journals is also something to consider as well as their fine crop of academia.

Who are the people responsible for the rankings?

Well, these days Nigerians rely on external rankings from the five international rating organizations for determining which university is the best in Nigeria.

The five international rating organization are: Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.

Each of these international ranking bodies have their own ranking methodology but they all share some methodologies in common like the quality of education, quality of faculty and alumni employment.

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Most of their criteria, however, are beyond the attainment of Nigeria universities so they rank them with some of the few criteria they can meet up with like web presence, alumni employment, infrastructure, number of published papers, employer’s perspective, achievements, research output, per capita performance and a few others.

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Majorly, Nigerians rely on the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities and sometimes from the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

Here are the top 100 best universities in Nigeria in 2020

  1. University of Ibadan (UI)
  2. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  3. Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife (OAU)
  4. Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (ABU)
  5. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
  6. Covenant University Ota (CU)
  7. University of Nigeria (UNN)
  8. University of Benin (UNIBEN)
  9. University of Abuja (UNIABUJA)
  10. University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT)
  11. Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMINNA)
  12. Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO)
  13. University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
  14. Federal University, Oye-Ekiti
  15. Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto
  16. Lagos State University Ojo (LASU)
  17. Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA)
  18. Babcock University (BU)
  19. Bayero University Kano (BUK)
  20. American University of Nigeria Yola
  21. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso
  22. Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti
  23. University of Jos (UNIJOS)
  24. Landmark University Omu-Aran
  25. Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka
  26. University of Uyo (UNIUYO)
  27. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi
  28. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umuahia (MOUAU)
  29. Enugu State University of Science and Technology
  30. Rivers State University of Science and Technology
  31. Adekunle Ajasin University
  32. Benue State University Makurdi
  33. Redeemer’s University Mowe
  34. Kwara State University Ilorin
  35. Veritas University Abuja
  36. Osun State University
  37. University of Agriculture, Makurdi
  38. Nasarawa State University Keffi
  39. African University of Science and Technology
  40. Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti
  41. University of Calabar (UNICAL)
  42. Kogi State University Anyigba
  43. Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode
  44. Federal University, Dutsin-Ma
  45. Ebonyi State University
  46. Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ndufu-Alike
  47. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)
  48. Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University
  49. Nile University of Nigeria
  50. Bowen University Iwo
  51. Al-Hikmah University Ilorin
  52. Delta State University, Abraka
  53. Niger Delta University
  54. Abia State University Uturu
  55. Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma
  56. Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola
  57. Federal University, Otuoke Otuoke
  58. Imo State University Owerri
  59. Olabisi Onabanjo University
  60. Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun
  61. Kaduna State University
  62. Federal University, Lokoja
  63. Akwa Ibom State University Uyo
  64. Benson Idahosa University Benin City
  65. Paul University Awka
  66. Federal University, Dutse
  67. Ajayi Crowther University Oyo Town
  68. Lead City University Ibadan
  69. Bingham University Auta Balifi
  70. Baze University Abuja
  71. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai
  72. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Uli
  73. Joseph Ayo Babalola University
  74. Madonna University Okija
  75. Crawford University Faith City
  76. Cross River University of Technology Calabar
  77. Caritas University
  78. Ondo State University of Science and Technology
  79. Bells University of Technology Ota
  80. Igbinedion University Okada
  81. Elizade University Ilara-Mokin
  82. Achievers University, Owo
  83. Caleb University Imota
  84. Kano University of Science and Technology Wudil
  85. Federal University, Lafia
  86. Sokoto State University
  87. Fountain University Oshogbo
  88. Adeleke University Ede
  89. Federal University, Kashere
  90. Federal University, Wukari
  91. University of Mkar
  92. Oduduwa University Ile Ife
  93. Godfrey Okoye University
  94. Taraba State University Jalingo
  95. Obong University Obong Ntak
  96. Yobe State University Damaturu
  97. Renaissance University Enugu
  98. Salem University Lokoja
  99. Wellspring University Benin City
  100. Al-Qalam University, Katsina

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Discussion1 Comment

  1. Unizik deserves an upgrade

    They were 22nd last year, now they are 23rd after all their improvements