Three Nigerian universities make Times’ world’s best ranking

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Three universities in Nigeria, namely: Covenant University, University of Ibadan, and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, have been included in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The list, launched on Wednesday at Times Higher Education’s World Academic Summit at the National University of Singapore, featured tertiary institutions from 86 countries. This is ranking’s 15th year.

Covenant University is ranked 601- 800, out of more than 1,250 higher education institutions on the list, same with the University of Ibadan. University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is however ranked 1001+.

This is a slight improvement for Nigeria, compared to last year’s ranking where only one school, the University of Ibadan, made the list and was ranked 801–1000.

Covenant University and University of Ibadan occupy fifth and sixth position respectively on the table of all the 28 African ranked institutions for the 2019 ranking, even as the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is 23 on the African table.

South African institutions – University of Cape Town, is ranked 156; University of the Witwatersrand, ranked 201–250; Stellenbosch University, ranked 301–350; and University of KwaZulu-Natal, ranked 401–500 – occupy first, second, third, and fourth position on the African table.

Another three South African universities – University of Johannesburg, ranked 601–800; University of Pretoria, ranked 601–800; and University of the Western Cape, 601–800 – sit below Nigeria on the African table, occupying seventh, eighth, and ninth positions respectively.

Only one university in Ghana – University of Ghana – is included in the 2019 ranking. It is ranked 801–1000 and occupies the 12th position on the African table.

In the global scene, Oxford University, United Kingdom is at the number one position for the third consecutive year.

Another university in the UK, Cambridge, retains the second position, while Stanford University in the United States, U.S., retained the third spot.

Among the top 10, are Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S., fourth; California Institute of Technology, U.S., fifth; Harvard University, U.S., sixth; Princeton University, U.S., seventh; Yale University, U.S., eighth; Imperial College London, UK, ninth; and University of Chicago, U.S., 10th.

The Editorial Director of Global Rankings for Times Higher Education, Phil Baty, explained that “Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings is the most rigorous there is, and this is our most globally competitive listing to date”.

The universities are graded in the core areas like teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook.

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