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For the second consecutive time, Covenant University has claimed the title of the best university in Nigeria, edging out the University of Ibadan and the Federal University of Technology, Akure, according to the latest ratings by Times Higher Education for 2024.

The analysis of the recent ranking unveiled on Thursday revealed that the institution, situated in Ota, Ogun State, has solidified its position among the top 1,000 universities globally.


Initially recognized in 2018, when it was awarded the accolade for the best university in Nigeria and ranked sixth globally, Covenant University has consistently maintained its upward trajectory in the academic realm.

Following closely behind Covenant University, the University of Ibadan emerged as the second-best university in the country, with the Federal University of Technology, Akure, securing the third spot.

The World University ranking encompasses 1,904 universities spanning across 108 countries and regions, according to the ranking web.

Utilizing the new WUR 3.0 methodology, the ranking evaluates an institution’s performance across five key areas, including teaching, research environment, research quality, industry connections, and international outlook.

Other Nigerian universities that have attained top rankings include the University of Ilorin, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Afe Babalola University, the University of Benin, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Lagos State University, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Obafemi Awolowo University, and the University of Port Harcourt.

Among the top 15 universities listed, nine are situated in the South West, two in the South East, two in the South-South, one in the North West, and one in the North Central region.

See full list below:

1. Covenant University
2. University of Ibadan
3. Federal University of Technology, Akure
4. University of Lagos
5. Bayero University
6. University of Ilorin
7. University of Nigeria
8. Afe Babalola University
9. University of Benin
10. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
11. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
12. Lagos State University
13. Nnamdi Azikiwe University
14. Obafemi Awolowo University
15. University of Port Harcourt
16. Abia State University
17. Akwa Ibom State University
18. Alex Ekwueme Federal University
19. Babcock University
20. Baze University
21. Bells University of Technology
22. Benson Idahosa University
23. Delta State University, Abraka
24. Edo State University
25. Edwin Clark University
26. Elizade University
27. Evangel University, Akaeze
28. Federal University of Kashere
29. Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun

30. Federal University of Technology, Minna
31. Federal University of Technology, Owerri
32. Fountain University
33. Landmark University
34. Nassarawa State University, Keffi
35. Niger Delta University
36. Plateau State University
37. Thomas Adewumi University
38. Veritas University
39. Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano

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