Again, no Nigerian varsity among top 20 in AfricaNo Nigerian university, public or private made the list of the top 20 universities in Africa, according to a newly released universities world ranking by Webometrics, a renowned private organisation with bias in education development. In the new ranking, University of Benin, UNIBEN, is the best in Nigeria, 22nd in Africa and 1,639 in the world.
The University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, UNAB, is ranked second best in Nigeria, 35th in Africa and 2, 266 in the world; University of Ibadan, UI, came third in Nigeria, 38th in Africa and 2, 515 in the world; University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN, is ranked fourth in Nigeria, 47th in Africa and 3, 228 in the world. Others are the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, ranked fifth in Nigeria, 49th in Africa and 3, 263 in the world and the University of Lagos, UNILAG, which is ranked sixth in Nigeria, 52nd in Africa and 3, 486 in the world. No private university in the country was ranked among the top 100 in the continent. All the top five universities in Africa are based in South Africa.
They are the University of Cape Town, first in Africa and ranked 387 in the world; Stellenbosch University, 455 in the world, University of Witwatersrand, 473 in the world; University of Pretoria, 646 in the world and Rhodes University, ranked 651 in the world.. However, the previous ranking by the same organisation, released in July 2011, put the University of Ibadan as the best in Nigeria, 41 in Africa and 3, 499 in the world; University of Ilorin: 42 in Africa and 3,753 in the world; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria: 43 in Africa and 3,806 in the world; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife: 44 in Africa and 3,879 in the world; and University of Lagos, 46 in Africa and 3,942 in the world. The rating according to Webometrics was based on quality of education and research, academic prestige and other indicators as applicable to each of the universities across the world.