Best universities in Nigeria

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

December 5 2019
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 four 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 Times Higher Education.

Covenant University

Covenant University is a private Pentecostal Christian university located in Ota, Nigeria.

The university has had a rapid rise in reputation in the decade and a half that it has been operating.

It has four colleges, mostly dedicated to vocational studies: the College of Business and Social Sciences; the College of Leadership and Development Studies; the College of Engineering; and the College of Science and Technology.

Covenant is affiliated with the Living Faith Church Worldwide and is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Association of African Universities and the National Universities Commission.


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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.

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. 

University of Nigeria Nsukka

The university has 102 academic departments across 15 faculties, and it offers 82 undergraduate programmes and 211 postgraduate programmes.

The University of Nigeria Nsukka has four campuses. The main one is in Nsukka; the others are in Enugu, Ituku-Ozalla and Aba.

Research activity is undertaken across the institution in the areas of African studies, education, developmental studies and herbal medicine and drugs research and development. There are also centres established to explore climate change, space science and energy research.

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