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Best universities in Nigeria 2022

Explore the best universities in Nigeria, based on data collected by Times Higher Education

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October 14 2021
Best universities in Nigeria


Nigeria is a country on a steep ascent. Its economy and its population are growing steadily and are only set to keep expanding.

Proportionally, the youth population is one of the largest in the world, and the country has a blossoming higher education sector.

Although only six universities feature in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the country is home to almost 130 institutions. Some of these are owned by the federal and state governments, while 50 are privately owned.

Check out the best universities in Nigeria based on data collected by the Times Higher Education.

1. University of Ibadan

The University of Ibadan began with just three departments – science, medicine and the arts – but has since expanded to take in 13 faculties, including social sciences, agriculture and forestry, education, technology, law and dentistry.

The founding mission of the university was to make education available to all. It has a well-established Distance Learning Centre where students who have financial or familial barriers are able to study.

Ibadan also has its own zoological and botanical gardens filled with many endangered animals and plants, and a number of conservation programmes are supported.

2. University of Lagos

The University of Lagos was founded in 1962 and has three campuses in Lagos, the nation’s commercial capital. These are: the Main Campus at Akoka (which is largely surrounded by the scenic view of the Lagos lagoon), the School of Radiography at Yaba, and its College of Medicine, at Idi-Araba, Surulere.

The university offers over 86 undergraduate and 140 postgraduate programmes spread across 12 faculties and five institutes. 

There are also 10 research centres, some of which are Centres of Excellence and over a hundred research groups. Some of the research being undertaken at the university include drug research and herbal medicine, economic policy analysis and autism and neuro development disorders among others.

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3. Covenant University

Covenant University was established in 2002 by the World Mission Agency and the Living Faith Church Worldwide. It is a private Pentecostal Christian university located in Ota, Nigeria.

The university is organised into four colleges: the College of Business and Social Sciences; College of Leadership and Development Studies; College of Engineering, and the College of Science and Technology. Each college offers a range of degree programmes and vocational courses.

In 2018 the Nigerian Universities Commission named it the best private university in the country.

The best universities in Nigeria 2022

Click on each institution to see its full World University Rankings 2022 results 

 World University Rank 2022 Nigeria Rank 2022 University  City/state 
401–500  1 University of Ibadan  Ibadan 
501-600 2 University of Lagos Lagos
601-800 3 Covenant University Ota
1201+ =4 University of Ilorin Ilorin
1201+ =4 University of Nigeria Nsukka Nsukka
1201+ =4 Obafemi Awolowo University Ife

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