Covenant University (CU) in Ota, Ogun state, has been named Nigeria’s best university in the Times Higher Education (THE) world university rankings for 2024. 


THE released its latest world university rankings on Wednesday.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 include 1,904 universities across 108 countries and regions.

The universities were evaluated and ranked based on 18 indicators that measure performance across five areas including teaching, research environment, research quality, industry, and international outlook.


This year’s ranking analysed more than 134 million citations across 16.5 million research publications and included survey responses from 68,402 scholars globally.

Overall, THE collected 411,789 data points from more than 2,673 institutions. A total of 39 Nigerian tertiary institutions were listed in this year’s THE world universities rankings.

Covenant University took the lead as Nigeria’s overall best university, ranking in the 800 to 1000 global bracket.


Also in the 800/1000 band for 2024 is the University of Ibadan which came second.

The Federal University of Technology Akure came third nationally, having ranked in the 1001/1200 global band.

On a global scale, the University of Oxford tops the ranking for the eighth year in a row, but others in the top five have seen shifts in their ranks.

Stanford University moved up to second place, pushing Harvard University down to fourth.


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) climbed up two places to third this year.

The University of Cambridge slipped to fifth place, after being in joint third place last year.

The US is the most-represented country overall, with 169 institutions, and also the most represented in the top 200 at 56.

See the full list for Nigeria below.

  1. Covenant University – 800/1000
  2. University of Ibadan – 800/1000
  3. Federal University of Technology Akure – 1001/1200
  4. University of Lagos – 1001/1200
  5. Bayero University – 1201/1500
  6. University of Ilorin – 1201/1500
  7. University of Nsukka – 1201/1500
  8. Afe Babalola University – 1501+
  9. University of Benin – 1501+
  10. Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta – 1501+
  11. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology – 1501+
  12. Lagos State University –  1501+
  13. Nnamdi Azikiwe University – 1501+
  14. Obafemi Awolowo University – 1501+
  15. University of Port Harcourt – 1501+
  16. Abia State University – reporter
  17. Akwa Ibom State University – reporter
  18. Alex Ekwueme Federal University – reporter
  19. Babcock University – reporter
  20. Baze University – reporter
  21. Bells University of Technology – reporter
  22. Benson Idahosa University – reporter
  23. Delta State University Abraka – reporter
  24. Edo State University – reporter
  25. Edwin Clark University – reporter
  26. Elizade University – reporter
  27. Evangel University Akaeze – reporter
  28. Federal University of Kashere – reporter
  29. Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun – reporter
  30. Federal University of Technology Minna – reporter
  31. Federal University of Technology Owerri – reporter
  32. Fountain University – reporter
  33. Landmark University – reporter
  34. Nassarawa State University Keffi – reporter
  35. Niger Delta University – reporter
  36. Plateau State University – reporter
  37. Thomas Adewumi University – reporter
  38. Veritas University – reporter
  39. Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano – reporter

THE said the universities listed with “reporter” status provided data with which to make the list but did not meet the eligibility criteria to receive a rank

In 2023, Covenant University scored third place nationally after the University of Ibadan and the University of Lagos respectively.

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