UI, LASU, UNILAG top Nigeria’s list of world varsities ranking

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The University of Ibadan (U1) is the best in Nigeria, a new report by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings has revealed.

Over 1,500 universities in 93 countries and regions were part of the 2021 ranking.

According to The Times Higher Education, the institutions were measured based on teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

It said: “This year’s ranking analysed more than 80 million citations across over 13 million research publications and included survey responses from 22,000 scholars globally.”

Six universities in Nigeria made it to the first 1,000 institutions in the world.

They include: University of Ibadan (UI); Lagos State University (LASU); University of Lagos (UNILAG); Covenant University (CU); University of Nigeria (UNN) and Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).

UI was ranked 401-500; LASU 501-600; UNILAG 601-800; CU 801-1000; UNN 1001 and OAU 1001.

OAU and LASU broke into the ranking for the first time.

CU dropped from no 1 in 2020 ranking to fourth place in Nigeria.

Globally, the University of Oxford, United Kingdom ranked for the fourth consecutive times the best and followed by the University of Stanford and Havard University, both in the United States and the California Institute of Technology, also in the US.

While no African university is among the top 200 globally, the University of Cape Town, University of Witwatersrand, and Stellenbosch University, all in South Africa ranked top three in Africa in that order while the University of Ghana, which is seventh in Africa ranked the best in West Africa.

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