Covenant University, the University of Ibadan, and the Federal University of Technology, Akure have emerged as the top three higher institutions in Nigeria according to the Times Higher Education 2024 ranking,
Covenant University, a privately owned institution, secured the top spot although it falls within the global ranking range of 801-1000. The University of Ibadan came second, and FUTA ranked third.
Following closely are the University of Lagos and the Bayero University, Kano, which secured the fourth and fifth positions respectively.
The Times Higher World University ranking considered 1,904 universities from 108 countries and regions.
This ranking is based on the new WUR 3.0 methodology, which evaluates institutions across five key areas: teaching, research environment, research quality, industry connections, and international outlook.
Other Nigerian universities that achieved high rankings include the University of Ilorin, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Afe Babalola University, University of Benin, 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.
Notably, among the top 15 universities in Nigeria, nine are 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.