The University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), University of Ibadan (UI), University of Lagos (UNILAG), University of Ilorin and Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta were among forty-eight Nigerian universities in this year’s top World University Rankings.
The likes of Obafemi Awolowo University, Federal University of Technology Akure, Bayero University Kano, and the University of Benin also made it in the top ranking list released on Tuesday.
However, only Covenant University made an impressive record among private varsities in Nigeria for inclusion in the top ranking.
The private university was said to have made the list after featuring prominently in business and economics, social sciences, computer science, engineering, and physical sciences.
Announcing the development earlier, the Chairman of the Nigerian Universities Ranking Advisory Committee (NURAC), Prof. Emeritus Peter Okebukola, said in the 2022 rankings, only five Nigerian universities featured in four subject rankings.
The varsity Don noted that in the 2023 ranking, 48 Nigerian universities were cumulatively listed among the world’s best in 11 subjects/disciplines.
Okebukola made the disclosure in Abuja on Wednesday hailing the superlative performance of Nigerian universities in the Times Higher Education 2023 Subject Rankings that were released the previous day. He listed the subjects/disciplines as arts and humanities; business and economics, education; law; social sciences; computer science; engineering; clinical and health; life sciences; physical sciences and psychology.
The varsity don, however, noted that no state university made it to the top ranking.
LIST OF NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES IN THE WORLD BEST UNIVERSITY RANKING
Okebukola revealed details of the results as Arts and Humanities (University of Nigeria Nsukka=601+); Business and Economics (Covenant University=401-500; University of Lagos=501-600; Obafemi Awolowo University=601-800 and the University of Nigeria Nsukka=801+.
Others are Education (the University of Ibadan and the University of Nigeria Nsukka=501-600); Law (University of Nigeria Nsukka=251+); Social Sciences (Covenant University=251-300; University of Lagos=401-500; the University of Ibadan and the University of Nigeria Nsukka=601-800; and the University of Ilorin and Obafemi Awolowo University=801+).
Also on the list are Computer Science (Covenant University=401-500); Engineering (Covenant University=401-500; the Federal University of Technology Akure and the University of Ilorin=601-800; University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, University of Nigeria Nsukka and Obafemi Awolowo University=1000+).
He said for Clinical and Health (University of Lagos=151-175; University of Ibadan=201-250; University of Nigeria Nsukka=501-600; Bayero University Kano, University of Benin and Obafemi Awolowo University=601-800; the University of Ilorin and Nnamdi Azikiwe University=801+).
Also in the list are Life Sciences (the University of Ilorin=601-800; Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Federal University of Technology Akure, University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, University of Nigeria Nsukka and Obafemi Awolowo University=801-1000).
Okebukola listed Physical Sciences (Covenant University=401-500; the Federal University of Technology Akure and the University of Ilorin=501-600; Bayero University Kano=601-800; the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta and the University of Lagos=801-1000; the University of Ibadan, University of Nigeria Nsukka.
Also, Obafemi Awolowo University has1000+); and Psychology (University of Nigeria Nsukka=301-400).
Okebukola while giving his remark on the overall performance of the universities, commended the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and the Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, for setting up NURAC for the commitment they continue to show to improving quality in the Nigerian university system.
“Professor Rasheed is one individual who will not rest until the old glory of Nigerian universities is fully restored”, Okebukola noted.
“We assure Nigerians that with the ongoing implementation of the Blueprint for the Rapid Revitalisation of University Education in Nigeria, the days of consigning Nigerian universities to the group of non-performers will soon be over,” the varsity Don added.