Webometrics has released the July 2021 edition of its ranking of the universities and other higher education institutions across the world.
A look at the ranking by Legit.ng indicates that the University of Ibadan, Covenant University, and Obafemi Awolowo University occupied the top three spots respectively.
While two of the top three, UI and OAU, are federal universities, the remaining one, Covenant University, is private-owned.
The University of Nigeria (UNN) and the University of Lagos (UNILAG) emerged fourth and fifth in Nigeria respectively.
Legit.ng gathers that the aim of the ranking is to promote academic web presence and support the Open Access initiatives.
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Here is a full list of the top 20 Nigerian universities, according to Webometrics:
- University of Ibadan
- Covenant University Ota
- Obafemi Awolowo University
- University of Nigeria
- University of Lagos
- University of Port Harcourt
- Ahmadu Bello University
- Federal University of Technology Akure
- Landmark University
- Federal University of Technology Minna
- Bayero University Kano
- Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
- University of Calabar
- University of Benin
- Adekunle Ajasin University
- Ekiti State University Ado Ekiti (University of Ado Ekiti)
- Olabisi Onabanjo University (Ogun State University)
- University of Uyo
- Nnamdi Azikiwe University
- Federal University of Technology Owerri
Four new universities approved by Buhari
Meanwhile, the federal government has announced the approval for the establishment of four new universities to address the shortfall in technology, medicine and nutrition in Nigeria.
The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, who was represented by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Sonny Echono, disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja on Monday, June 21.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N18 billion for the establishment of the four specialised universities.
ASUU threatens to embark on fresh strike
In another report, lecturers in public universities across the country are threatening to embark on a fresh industrial action.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) issued the threat when it accused Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, of refusing to pay the salaries and remittance of over 1000 staff for 13 months.
Lazarus Maigoro, the ASUU chairman, University of Jos, issued the threat in a press statement made available to journalists in Jos, the capital of Plateau state.