The University of Ibadan (UI), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), and University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) have emerged as the best varsities in Nigeria based on the quality of scientists.


AD Scientific Index, a leading global ranking body based in Turkey, recently released the list of its 2021 world scientist and university rankings.

According to the list, UI ranked 19 in Africa and 1,350 in the world while UNN occupied the 25th spot in the continent and 1,522 globally.

UNILORIN was also ranked 41 in Africa and 1,941 in the world. The Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) came fourth while the University of Calabar (UNICAL) was named the fifth-best varsity in Nigeria on the ranking.


AD Scientific Index said the ranking “reveals the competency of institutions to attract prized scientists and the ability of institutions to encourage advances and retain scientists.”

Harvard University made the top spot on the list globally while the University of Cape Town was ranked the best institution in Africa.

Below are the best varsities in Nigeria for 2021 according to the ranking:

  1. University of Ibadan (UI)
  2. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  3. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
  4. Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA)
  5. University of Calabar (UNICAL)
  6. Ahmadu Bello University
  7. University of Benin (UNIBEN)
  8. University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT)
  9. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  10. Obafemi Awolowo University
  11. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
  12. Federal University of Technology, Owerri
  13. Lagos State University
  14. Usman Danfodiyo University
  15. Lagos State University College of Medicine
  16. Redeemer’s University
  17. African University of Science & Technology Abuja
  18. Skyline University Nigeria
  19. Covenant University
  20. Nnamdi Azikiwe University
  21. Federal University of Technology Minna
  22. University of Uyo
  23. Delta State University Nigeria
  24. Delta State University Nigeria
  25. Bayero University Kano
  26. Ekiti State University Ado Ekiti (University of Ado Ekiti)
  27. Landmark University
  28. University of Maiduguri
  29. University of Abuja
  30. University of Jos
  31. Federal University Oye, Ekiti
  32. Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI)
  33. Olabisi Onabanjo University
  34. Osun State University
  35. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University
  36. Akwa Ibom State University of Technology
  37. Kwara State University
  38. Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola
  39. Federal University Dutsin Ma
  40. Adekunle Ajasin University
  41. Edo University Iyamho
  42. American University of Nigeria
  43. Niger Delta University
  44. Federal University Wukari Taraba State
  45. Ebonyi State University
  46. Nasarawa State University
  47. Elizade University Ilara Mokin
  48. Bowen University
  49. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University
  50. Federal University Dutse Jigawa State

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