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UI Makes Times University Ranking, Beats LASU, UNILAG, Others (Full List)



The University of Ibadan (UI) has emerged as the number one University in Nigeria according to the recently released 2021 Times Higher Education’s (THE) rankings.

UI overtook Covenant University (CU) who held the number one position in THE’s 2020 report for the world university rankings.

Recall that CI had usurped University of Ibadan in 2018.


However, in the 2021 rankings released on Wednesday, UI rose to the 401- 500 band while CU witnessed a drop from 2018’s 636 position to remain at top 1000.

Second on the list is the Lagos State University (LASU), which was placed between 501 and 600, while the University of Lagos (UNILAG) ranked between 601–800.

Also on the list is the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), and the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), both of which ranked on a figure exceeding 1000.


Below are the six Nigerian universities that made the list:

UI (401 – 500)
LASU (501 – 600)
UNILAG (601- 800)
Covenant University (801 – 1000)
UNN (1001+)
OAU (1001+)

Meanwhile, University of Oxford remain the best University in the world according to the ranking.


While the University of Cambridge dropped three places and was ranked at sixth in the world.

Below are the top 10 universities in the world — with last year’s position in brackets.

(1) Oxford University (UK)
(4) Stanford University (US)
(7) Harvard University (US)
(2) California Institute of Technology (US)
(5) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US)
(3) Cambridge University (UK)
(13) University of California, Berkeley (US)
(8) Yale University (US)
(6) Princeton University (US)
(9) University of Chicago (US)