The National Universities Commission(NUC) in collaboration with 4ICU, an internationally recognized and respected website that annually ranks universities globally has once released the list of top 100 universities in Nigeria. Some time ago, the Federal Ministry of Education published lists of fake or discredited universities in Nigeria. The list was published due to the fact that many students, over the years have been falling victims of those fake universities.
However, following thorough research, we have come up with list of top universities in Nigeria that have been accredited by the NUC. It is important to note that this list does not only contain government-owned universities, but Federal, State, and Private universities in Nigeria.
Please note that the universities listed here do not in any way have a permanent position, they can either drop in the ranking or go higher as this depends on a whole lot of factors.
4icu alongside the NUC ranking is based on various factors, lets take a look at some of the major factors for ranking these universities.
SIX (6) FACTORS FOR RANKING THE TOP 100 BEST UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA
A) SIZE AND QUALITY OF THE UNIVERSITY
Despite size not being a major ranking factor, it can be listed as one of the attributes when discussing top universities in Nigeria. There have been cases where people confuse the school with the biggest Landmass as the biggest University in Nigeria, it is a very wrong notion. Take Lagos state for instance, in terms of Landmass, Lagos is one of the smallest states but regarded as the biggest and most populous in terms of development.
So in this case we are referring to the developed areas within the school and not just the size of the land the university is built on.
B) AVAILABILITY OF ADEQUATE LEARNING FACILITIES
It is not enough to have a lecture hall as even villages have town halls, what distinguishes halls are the specific needs they are built for. University lecture halls must be equipped with adequate desks and tables, public address systems, written materials, and other facilities for carrying out practicals when it does not require going to the Laboratory.
The lecture halls usually ought to come with Air conditioners to cozen up the room temperature, though, in the Nigerian setting, this seems like too much to ask for, it is such a pity.
C) QUALIFICATIONS OF LECTURERS
We based our ranking too on this factor. A major and important raking attribute when listing the top 100 universities in Nigeria. The quality service imparted in the students can make or mar the quality of graduates the school produces yearly and this has a chain effect on the economy as well.
Sometimes, it is not wholly about the qualifications of these lecturers because there is a big difference between having a knowledge and the ability to pass it on to others, though that is not to override the importance of being qualified. Qualification and quality go hand in hand most times, the higher your qualifications, the better qualified you are for the job and that talks a lot about the quality of service you can render.
You can imagine an aging Professor in a lecture hall of about 400 students, truth be told, there will be no effective means of passing his messages across and managing such a crowd.
For a university to maintain its spot on the list of top universities in Nigeria, there should be an average increase in quality young and fresh lecturers at least every four (4) sessions. The number of Masters degree holders (a minimum qualification that must be strictly adhered to), Ph.D. holders, and Professors are also factors that were taken into account based on the ranking.
D) SPEED OF ACADEMIC CALENDAR (SESSION)
No student wants to spend more than the required number of years required for his or her course. By default, the university with the fastest academic calendar attracts the most candidates during UTME admission applications. So far, the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), ranks as the university with the fastest academic session in Nigeria, how is that possible? they broke out off ASUU and when it comes to disciplined lecturers, you can count on them.
Some of the under-listed schools can be counted on in terms of having a speedy academic calendar, which is the reason they possess the bragging rights of being among the top 100 best universities in Nigeria.
E) NUMBER OF FIRST CLASS AND SECOND CLASS UPPER GRADUATES
The number of Fist class is synonymous with the quality of lecturers in the university. To whom much is given, much is expected. Since lecturers spend valuable time with their students, it is normal when the students learn faster and gain more. Ranking the best universities in Nigeria based on the number of First class and Second class upper has never being overestimated as this talks a whole lot about the quality of education being impacted on the students and in turn has a positive effect on the image of the university because they take the credit and not the lecturers who did the job.
F) RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
This is where all Nigerian Universities which include Federal, state, and Private Universities have failed woefully. In other developed worlds, innovations and inventions come from the universities.
Aside from lecturing, lecturers take pride in carrying out researches of various kinds and have their names listed as a team of researchers that concluded or found the result to an age-long inquiry.
Here our university lecturers are best at selling hand-outs and forcing students to buy half baked plagiarized textbooks that practically hold no water, LOL! this is not to say there are none at all, in as much as they are careless about researches, a fair share of the blame goes to the Federal and state government too who totally lack any sense of commitment to this very important area.
A country cannot grow without a solid R&D Research and Development ministry if there is anything called that because It is the backbone of any nation. Just a few of the universities listed here carry out researches in their little ways, you can see them based on the ranking below.
There are other factors for ranking the best universities in Nigeria but for the sake of trying not to over bore you with too many words, let’s go straight to the list of top 100 universities in Nigeria
Below is the list of top 100 Universities in Nigeria for the year 2020, go through and see the number your university falls into
LIST OF TOP 100 UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA 2020 (PRIVATE STATES & FEDERAL)
|1||University of Ibadan||Ibadan|
|2||University of Lagos||Lagos|
|3||Obafemi Awolowo University||Ile-Ife|
|4||Ahmadu Bello University||Zaria|
|5||University of Ilorin||Ilorin|
|7||University of Nigeria||Nsukka …|
|8||University of Benin||Ugbowo …|
|9||University of Abuja||Abuja|
|10||University of Port Harcourt||Port Harcourt|
|11||Federal University of Technology, Minna||Minna|
|12||Federal University of Technology, Owerri||Owerri|
|13||University of Agriculture, Abeokuta||Abeokuta …|
|14||Federal University, Oye-Ekiti||Oye …|
|15||Usmanu Danfodio University||Sokoto|
|16||Lagos State University||Ojo|
|17||Federal University of Technology, Akure||Akure|
|18||Babcock University||Ilishan-Remo …|
|19||Bayero University Kano||Kano|
|20||American University of Nigeria||Yola|
|21||Ladoke Akintola University of Technology||Ogbomoso …|
|22||Afe Babalola University||Ado-Ekiti|
|23||University of Jos||Jos|
|25||Nnamdi Azikiwe University||Awka …|
|26||University of Uyo||Uyo|
|27||Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University||Bauchi|
|28||Michael Okpara University of Agriculture||Umuahia|
|29||Enugu State University of Science and Technology||Enugu|
|30||Rivers State University of Science and Technology||Port Harcourt|
|31||Adekunle Ajasin University||Akungba Akoko …|
|32||Benue State University||Makurdi|
|34||Kwara State University||Ilorin|
|36||Osun State University||Oshogbo …|
|37||University of Agriculture, Makurdi||Makurdi|
|38||Nasarawa State University||Keffi|
|39||African University of Science and Technology||Abuja|
|40||Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti||Ado-Ekiti|
|41||University of Calabar||Calabar|
|42||Kogi State University||Anyigba|
|43||Tai Solarin University of Education||Ijebu-Ode …|
|44||Federal University, Dutsin-Ma||Dutsin-Ma|
|45||Ebonyi State University||Abakaliki|
|46||Federal University, Ndufu-Alike||Ndufu-Alike|
|47||University of Maiduguri||Maiduguri|
|48||Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University||Katsina|
|49||Nile University of Nigeria||Abuja|
|51||Al-Hikmah University||Ilorin …|
|52||Delta State University, Abraka||Abraka|
|53||Niger Delta University||Wilberforce Island Yenagoa|
|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||Ago Iwoye …|
|60||Federal University of Petroleum Resources||Effurun|
|61||Kaduna State University||Kaduna|
|62||Federal University, Lokoja||Lokoja|
|63||Akwa Ibom State University||Uyo|
|64||Benson Idahosa University||Benin City|
|66||Federal University, Dutse||Dutse|
|67||Ajayi Crowther University||Oyo Town|
|68||Lead City University||Ibadan|
|69||Bingham University||Auta Balifi|
|71||Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University||Lapai|
|72||Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University||Uli|
|73||Joseph Ayo Babalola University||Ikeji-Arakeji|
|74||Madonna University||Okija …|
|75||Crawford University||Faith City …|
|76||Cross River University of Technology||Calabar …|
|78||Ondo State University of Science and Technology||Okitipupa|
|79||Bells University of Technology||Ota|
|80||Igbinedion University Okada||Okada …|
|82||Achievers University, Owo||Owo|
|84||Kano University of Science and Technology||Wudil|
|85||Federal University, Lafia||Lafia|
|86||Sokoto State University||Sokoto|
|89||Federal University, Kashere||Kashere|
|90||Federal University, Wukari||Wukari|
|91||University of Mkar||Mkar|
|92||Oduduwa University||Ile Ife|
|93||Godfrey Okoye University||Ugwuomu-Nike|
|94||Taraba State University||Jalingo|
|95||Obong University||Obong Ntak|
|96||Yobe State University||Damaturu|
|99||Wellspring University||Benin City|
|100||Al-Qalam University, Katsina||Katsina|
As opined earlier, the ranking is not a permanent one, it changes based on the above factors, any university that either fails to maintain and upgrade drops on the list, however, a university can maintain her position should the management keep up to what is expected by the NUC.
What position does your university fall under the list of top 100 universities in Nigeria? Comment your school’s position in the comment section below. Please note that this ranking is not cast in stones as they are subject to change
If you have any questions as regards the list of top 100 universities in Nigeria for 2020, kindly get back to us via the comment section below and we shall respond accordingly.