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Here are top 10 Nigerian universities in Times Higher Education 2024 ranking

Here are top 10 Nigerian universities in Times Higher Education 2024 ranking

Covenant University, a private Christian institution in Ota, Ogun State, emerged as the best varsity in Nigeria in the 2024 Times Higher Education (THE) ranking.

The university is ranked 201–1000 in the world, accommodates 8,940 students, and maintains a gender ratio of 37:63.

Covenant University’s interdisciplinary science research constitutes 37 percent of its academic endeavours, with a student-to-staff ratio of 17.5.

The University of Ibadan (UI) is Nigeria’s second-best ranked university. The University of Ibadan has a student body of 41,269 students, and each staff member caters to 19.7 students, and interdisciplinary science research makes up 19 percent of its academic portfolio.

Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Akure, ranked 1001–1200 in the world, comes in third in Nigeria with over 19,711 students, FUTA has a gender distribution of 26 percent female and 74 percent male students.

The university’s interdisciplinary science research constitutes 35 percent of its academic pursuits, with a student-to-staff ratio of 24.5.

The University of Lagos (UNILAG) lost its second position and is now fourth in Nigeria. UNILAG, which is currently ranked 1001–1200 in the world, has a public research institution, and a student body of 41,048, with a gender ratio of 51 percent female and 49 percent male.

Each staff member serves 27.5 students, and interdisciplinary science research accounts for 25 percent of its academic activities.

The Bayero University, Kano ranked 1201-1500 in the world is Nigeria’s fifth-best university. Bayero University accommodates over 43,027 students, with a gender distribution of 35 percent female and 65 percent male. The institution does not have foreign students, and 27 percent of its academic endeavours involve interdisciplinary science research.

The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), seated at 1201-1500 globally, is ranked sixth in Nigeria. UNILORIN has a student body of 52,921, and maintains a gender balance of 51 percent female and 49 percent male students. Its interdisciplinary science research efforts amount to 28 percent, while the student-to-staff ratio stands at 39.2.

The University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) is the seventh-best university in Nigeria, though it is ranked 1201–1500 in the world.

UNN boasts about 43,108 students, with a gender distribution of 46 percent female and 54 percent male. Each staff member attends to 11.7 students, and one percent of the student body comprises foreigners. The institution’s interdisciplinary science research contributes to 25 percent of its academic portfolio.

Afe Babalola University, a private institution, is ranked eighth in Nigeria according to the recent universities ranking. Afe Babalola University has approximately 9,660 students, ensuring a robust learning environment with a student-to-faculty ratio of 10.7.

The institution accommodates one percent of the foreign student body, with a female-to-male ratio of 57:43. Its interdisciplinary science research constitutes 30 percent of its academic pursuits.

Nigeria’s ninth-best university is the University of Benin. The university has over 47,837 students, with a student-to-staff ratio of 25.8, while the female-to-male students’ gender ratio stands at 49:51. Interdisciplinary science research contributes to 25 percent of its academic output.

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, completes the list in tenth place. The Ogun State-based university has about 17,433 students, maintaining a student-to-staff ratio of 26:5.

The institution has a gender ratio of 52:48, and its interdisciplinary science research constitutes 30 percent of the university’s academic endeavours.

The World University Rankings stand as the premier global benchmarks, evaluating research-intensive universities across key pillars: teaching, research environment, research quality, knowledge transfer, and international outlook.