The University of Ibadan (UI) in Oyo State has been ranked as the best university in Nigeria in the July Webometric ranking of world universities topping University of Lagos (Unilag) and University of Ilorin (uniilorin).
While the Ibadan-based institution took the first position among 100 Nigerian tertiary institutions, it however was rated 905 in the world.
While Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Ado-Ekiti was rated as the best private university in the country, having emerged second overall best in Nigeria and 2,287 in the world by the Spain-based Webometrics
The third position for the best university in Nigeria goes to another private varsity, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, and 2,824 in the world ahead of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, which rated fourth in Nigeria and 3,050 in the world.
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife was rated fifth best Nigerian varsity and 3,545 in the world, ahead of the University of Port Harcourt; and Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, appeared in the eighth position among Nigerian higher institutions and ranked 5,025 in the world.
Ahmadu Bello University and the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, completed the list of the first 10 universities in the country.
Reacting to the rating in a statement issued on Sunday, Tunde Olofintila of ABUAD said the institution was founded by a renowned Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Aare Afe Babalola, to tackle the decay in Nigeria’s national education.
According to him, ABUAD was set up to “be a practical example of how problems militating against the growth of Nigerian universities can be solved and lead others in quality and functional education.”
“In the eight years of its existence, the university is popularly known as the fastest growing university in Africa. Its College of Law was acknowledged as the Best College of Law in West Africa by the NUC, while the College of Engineering was described by the Nigeria Society of Engineering as the template for engineering education in the country. The college has won global awards in London and USA.”