The University of Ibadan (UI) has retained its lead as Nigeria’s best varsity on the Time Higher Education’s (THE) 2022 Emerging Economies University Ranking.


According to the list released earlier this month, the varsity, which also emerged the best in Nigeria in the 2021 edition, was ranked 400-500 to clinch the spot again.

The University of Lagos (UNILAG) was ranked 500-600 to emerged as the second-best varsity in the country while Covenant University (CU) took the third spot after being ranked 600-800.

The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), and Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) secured the fourth, fifth and sixth spots respectively as they ranked among varsities in the 1201+ category.


The Lagos State University (LASU) was also mentioned in the list but with no particular classification.

Below are the seven Nigerian universities that made the list:

  1. UI — (400-500)
  2. UNILAG — (500-600)
  3. CU — (600-800)
  4. UNILORIN — (1201+)
  5. UNN — (1201+)
  6. OAU — (1201+)
  7. LASU (No classification)

According to THE, the latest list “includes more than 1,600 universities across 99 countries and territories, making them the largest and most diverse university rankings to date.”


It added that the ranking was based on “13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.”

“The University of Oxford tops the ranking for the sixth consecutive year, while mainland China has two institutions in the top 20 for the first time: Peking University and Tsinghua University share 16th place,” it said.

“The US is the most-represented country overall with 183 institutions, and also the most represented in the top 200 (57), although its share of universities in this elite group is falling.”


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