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Best universities in Nigeria 2023

Explore the best universities in Nigeria, based on data collected by Times Higher Education for the Sub-Saharan Africa University Rankings

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February 23 2024
Best universities in Nigeria


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Nigeria is a country on a steep ascent, with a steadily growing economy and population.

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

These are the best universities in Nigeria, based on the Times Higher Education Sub-Saharan Africa University Rankings

The difference between the World University Rankings and Sub-Saharan Africa Rankings is that the World University Rankings provide an insight into research-intensive universities across the world. They are ideal for people who are interested in postgraduate studies or careers in academia. 

Meanwhile, the Sub-Saharan Africa Rankings are focused more specifically on the quality of teaching at universities across Sub-Saharan Africa. The ranking took into account responses from a survey of more than 20,000 students from 88 universities in the region. This ranking has been designed to take into consideration aspects of both Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Some 37 Nigerian universities feature in the Sub-Saharan Africa University Rankings. 

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5. Redeemer’s University

Redeemer’s University is based in Ede, Osun State. It is a private university that was established in 2005. 

Students can study courses from the faculties of basic medical science, engineering, built environment, humanities, law, management science, natural science, and social science.

The Tekena Tamuno Library is the university’s main academic library, while there are also specific libraries for law, engineering and basic medical sciences. 

4. Nnamdi Azikiwe University

Nnamdi Azikiwe University is located in Akwa, the capital city of Anambra State, Nigeria. Established in 1991, the university has campuses in Awka, Nnewi, Agulu and Ifite-Ogwuari in Ayamelum local government area.

The university has 57 departments spread across 14 faculties: agriculture, arts, basic medical sciences, biosciences, education, engineering, environmental sciences, health sciences and technology, law, management sciences, medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, physical sciences and social sciences.

The university has developed Strategy 2030 to outline its priorities over the next few years. The main aim of the strategy is to produce graduates with a range of specific skills, including logical reasoning, oral and written communication skills, numeracy and computer literacy and self-employability.

3. Benson Idahosa University

Benson Idahosa University was founded in 1993 as Christian Faith University, offering courses in basic science and management. The university was  renamed in 1999 in honour of its founder Benson Idahosa, a Pentecostal preacher.

The faculties of arts and education, science, law, social and management science, and basic medical and health sciences are based in Benin City, with agriculture and engineering at the Legacy campus opened in the Okha district in 2020.

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2. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta is one of three federal universities of agriculture created by Nigeria’s government in 1988. It moved to its present location, a 10,000 hectare site 10 miles outside the city of Abeokuta, capital of Ogun state, in 1997.

It is divided into colleges of environmental research management, animal science and livestock production, agricultural management and rural development, plant science and crop production, biological science, food science and human ecology, engineering, physical science, and veterinary medicine.

The Veterinary School was created in 2005 on the Isale-Igbein mini-campus to enable local access, and was extended by the opening of the veterinary hospital in 2014. There are plans for two more rural satellite veterinary clinics.

1. 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: business and social sciences; leadership and development studies; engineering, and science and technology. Each college offers a range of degree programmes and vocational courses.

The best universities in Nigeria 2023

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Nigeria Rank 2023SSA Rank 2023UniversityCity
17Covenant UniversityOta
226Federal University of Agriculture, AbeokutaAbeokuta
330Benson Idahosa UniversityBenin City
4=31Nnamdi Azikiwe UniversityAwka
535Redeemer’s UniversityEde
636University of IbadanOyo
737University of Cross River StateCalabar
8=39Obafemi Awolowo UniversityIfe
943Umaru Musa Yar’adua UniversityKatsina
1045Adeleke UniversityEde
1146Ahmadu Bello UniversityZaria
1247University of BeninBenin City
1349Landmark UniversityOmu Aran
1450Babcock UniversityIlishan-Remo
=1551-60Ajayi Crowther UniversityOyo Town
=1551-60Bells University of TechnologySifor
=1551-60Federal University of KashereGombe
=1551-60Federal University LokojaLokoja
=1551-60Gombe State UniversityGombe
=1551-60Lagos State UniversityOjo, Ukeja and Epa.
=1551-60University of Port HarcourtRivers State
=2261-70Baze UniversityAbuja
=2261-70Delta State University, AbrakaAbraka
=2261-70Elizade UniversityIlara-Mokin
=2261-70Niger Delta UniversityAmassoma
=2671+Abia State UniversityUturu
=2671+Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-AlikeAbakaliki
=2671+Bamidele Olumilua University of Education, Science and Technology, Ikere-IkitiIkere-Ekiti
=2671+Bauchi State University, GadauAbuja
=2671+Bayero UniversityKano
=2671+Edo State University UzairueIyamho
=2671+Ladoke Akintola University of TechnologyOgbomoso
=2671+Lead City UniversityIbadan City
=2671+National Open University of NigeriaLagos
=2671+Glorious Vision UniversityOgwa
=2671+Veritas University, AbujaAbuja
=2671+Yusuf Maitama Sule University, KanoKano

View the full Sub-Saharan Africa University Ranking here

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