Covenant University, the University of Ibadan and the Federal University of Technology, Akure, and the University of Lagos have emerged as the top four universities in Nigeria according to Times Higher Education which recently released its 2024 ranking of Top Universities in the world.

Covenant University emerged as the best university in Nigeria, while the University of Ibadan followed in second. FUTA emerged third, while the University of Lagos and the University of Bayero emerged fourth and fifth in Nigeria, respectively.


Other universities in the top 15 spot 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, University of Port Harcourt.

Among the 15 top universities in Nigeria, nine are located 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.


Covenant University which ranked top in Nigeria, is placed within the global 801-1000 range.

The Times Higher Education said its recent ranking is based on the new “WUR 3.0 methodology, which is carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across five areas; teaching, research environment, research quality, industry and international outlook.”

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