UI, UNILAG best Nigerian universities, BUK best in international outlook
Both universities emerged the best according to the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking for 2023 published this week where they both shared the top spot with 401-500 ranking globally and first spot in Nigeria.
While the UI claimed 11th in the world’s 401-500th category, the University of Lagos clinched 24th place out of the 25 universities in the category.
Covenant University, the only private university that made the top 10 list comes behind both federal universities, and ranked between 601 and 800 globally.
Five countries made the ranking for the first time, all of them in Africa: Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Mauritius.
The top five universities in the world according to the release are: University of Oxford, United Kingdom, 1st; Harvard University, United States, 2nd; University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 3rd; Stanford University, United States, 3rd; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, 5th.
The Times Higher Education (THE) is a British magazine that specialises in higher education worldwide. In its latest World University Rankings 2023, no university in Nigeria made the first 300 on the list.
According to the latest report, the 2023 ranking analysed over 121 million citations across more than 15.5 million research publications. Over 1,799 universities across 104 countries and regions of the world were included.
In addition, it also had survey responses from 40,000 scholars globally were analysed.
“Overall, we collected over 680,000 data points from more than 2,500 institutions that submitted data,” THE stated.
Meanwhile, THE ranked Bayero University, Kano (BUK) as Nigeria’s overall best university in terms of ‘international outlook’.
The university also emerged as number 1,016 in the Global Universities Ranking and 4th best in Nigeria.
About 25 universities from the African continent, including Bayero University, out of the 97 that submitted data got a ranking status in the competitive analysis, while the remaining universities got “reporter” status only.
With its global ranking, BUK is now one of the best universities in Nigeria.
BUK also ranked 2nd best in the number of Students Full-Time Enrolment, SFTE with over 44.4% score and was rated 3rd in research in Nigeria.
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