Top 50 best universities in Nigeria as of 2024: NUC university ranking

Top 50 best universities in Nigeria as of 2024: NUC university ranking

Nigerian universities produce visional and open-minded graduates who efficiently compete in the international workforce. Scholars across Africa have been applying to these institutions even before they featured in the world ranking. Check out the 50 best universities in Nigeria in 2024 below.

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Nigeria has 170 universities, 79 private, 43 federal, and 48 state universities. If you are seeking admission into the best universities in Nigeria or are just curious to know them, check the list below.

NUC university ranking 2024

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, emphasized that the Commission has not conducted any university ranking in Nigeria for the past 14 years.

He conveyed this message during the 5th Convocation ceremony of Baze University in Abuja, stating that the purported rankings circulating on social media, some of which were falsely attributed to the commission, should be disregarded.

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These are the twelve higher learning institutes from Nigeria that appeared in the 2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings:

UniversityCity/StateWorld rankingNigeria ranking
The University of IbadanIbadan, Oyo401–5001
The University of Lagos Yaba, Lagos401–5001
Covenant UniversityOta, Ogun601–8003
Bayero UniversityKano, Kano1001–12004
Federal University of Technology AkureGaga, Ondo1001–12004
The University of BeninBenin City, Edo1201–15006
The University of Ilorin Ilorin, Kwara1201–15006
University of Nigeria NsukkaNsukka, Enugu1201–15006
Obafemi Awolowo UniversityIle-Ife, Osun1201–15006
Federal University of Agriculture AbeokutaAbeokuta, Ogun1501+10
Ladoke Akintola University of TechnologyOgbomoso, Oyo1501+10
Nnamdi Azikiwe UniversityAwka, Anambra1501+10

Best private universities in Nigeria 2024

There are several private universities in Nigeria. Here is a list of the top:

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Best private universities in Nigeria according to NUC.
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List of 50 best universities in Nigeria

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The University of Ibadan was ranked the best university in Nigeria in the 2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Below is a list of all the 50 top-rated private, federal, and state universities in the country:

50. Salem University, Lokoja.

49. Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa-Ondo.

48. Novena University, Ogume-Delta.

47. Nigerian Police Academy, Wudil.

46. Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island-Bayelsa.

45. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.

44. Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, Delta.

43. Landmark University, Omu Aran-Kwara.

42. The Lagos State University, Ojo.

41. Kings University, Odeomu-Osun.

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40. The University of Jos.

39. Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt.

38. Gregory University Uturu, Abia.

37. Fountain University, Oshogbo.

36. First Technical University, Ibadan-Oyo.

35. Federal University of Technology, Owerri Owerri.

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34. Federal University of Technology, Minna Minna.

33. Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun.

32. Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa.

31. Federal University of Kashere, Barri-Gombe.

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30. Federal University Gashua, Yobe.

29. Evangel University, Akaeze-Ebonyi.

28. Edo State University, Uzairue.

27. Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.

26. Cross River University of Technology, Calabar.

25. Coal City University, Enugu.

24. Bowen University, Iwo.

23. Benson Idahosa University, Benin City.

22. Bells University of Technology, Ota.

21. Baze University, Abuja.

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20. Bamidele Olumilua University of Education, Science and Technology, Ikere-Ikiti.

19. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo.

18. Augustine University, Epe, Lagos.

17. American University of Nigeria, Yola.

16. Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike.

15. Akwa Ibom State University, Uyo.

14. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti.

13. Adamawa State University, Mubi.

12. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

11. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.

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10. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

9. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

8. The University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

7. The University of Ilorin, Kwara.

6. The University of Benin, Ugbowo.

5. Federal University of Technology, Akure.

4. Bayero University, Kano.

3. Covenant University, Ota.

2. The University of Lagos, Lagos.

1. The University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

Which university is the best in Nigeria?

The University of Ibadan, Ibadan, is the best in Nigeria, followed by the University of Lagos. Both institutes lie between position 401–500 in the university world ranking.

The best universities in Nigeria offer Petroleum Engineering, Medicine, Data Science, Pharmacy, Architecture, Computer Science, Nursing Science, Law, Accounting, Business Administration, Graphic Design, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and other globally competitive degree programs.

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Source: UGC delved deeper into the most marketable courses in Nigeria. The article lists degree programs that lead to well-paying professions. The demand for these graduates is very high in the country's job market.

Graduates who do not research the job market and courses on demand are highly likely to do courses that will render them unemployed for a long time. Therefore, check the article to find out the most valuable degrees.


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