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Top 10 Universities in Nigeria 2016

The following are the latest ranking of universities as released by the National University Commission (NUC). The ranking which is done yearly is based on general academic standards as graded by the commission.

It should be noted that this is not the web ranking, which only puts into account the gravity of the online presence of the universities rather than academic standards. So the NUC ranking is absolutely different from the web ranking.

The best ten universities on the ranking are listed below, which brief information about each of them.

1. University of Lagos (UNILAG)

Usually acclaimed as "the university of first choice" and nations pride, it was founded in 22nd October 1962 with a mission to provide a conducive learning, teaching, research and development environment, where staff and students will interact and compete effectively with other counterparts in their various field across the globe. Its main campus is situated at Akoka, Yaba, Lagos, while the college of medicine is located at Idi Araba, Surulere in Lagos state.

Since the establishment of the school it has never depreciated in standard, which has brought her the opportunity of being presently ranked the best among other universities in the country. It presently has a capacity of about 3500 staff and more than 40,000 students.

Some of the universities well known alumni includes Teju Babyface, Genevieve Nnaji, Funke Akindele, Wale Adenuga, Wale Babalakin, amongst others.
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2. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)
Also founded in 1962 Ile Ife, Osun State, Obafemi Awolowo University (formally called University of Ife). The university has since been known for its excellent academic standards and can presently boast of a Nobel Laureate and four National Merit Award winners.
Though the school has a relatively slow academic schedule, it can still be justifiable with their quality of education produce.
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3. University of Ibadan (UI)
This was the first university in Nigeria, fondly called UI; it was established in the year 1948. It took off with three, but presently the school is running about thirteen faculties. It is yet to make provision for management courses.

Aside from being the first university, it also gained prestige from its location in Ibadan, which was the capital of the old Western region. The university caters a lot for research works and concentrates more on postgraduate programs as opposed to other universities.
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4. University of Ilorin
The university was established in 1975 as University College of Ilorin, when operated as an affiliate of University of Ibadan, it gained full autonomy in 1977. It presently has fifteen faculties.

UNILORIN had been ranked first by NUC; the most recent was in 2013.
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5. Covenant University, Ota
This is the only private university in the list, it is situated at Ota, Ogun State. It is owned by Living Faith Church a.k.a Winners Chapel, under the administration of Bishop David Oyedepo.

Covenant University was established in year 2002 with about 1,500 students. It was founded with the mission to create knowledge and restore the dignity of the black men via a human development and total man concept-driven curriculum. This curriculum employs innovative, learning and teaching methods, research and professional services that promote integrated, life transforming, life applicable education that is useful to the context of Science, Technology and Human Capacity Building. The institution has very strict rules and regulations that has nicknamed it "no nonsense university".
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6. Federal University of Technology, Minna. (FUTMINNA)
It was founded in 1983, to specialize in technical education in Nigeria. Situated along Minna, Kataeregi, Bida road in Niger State. It has a capacity of 2,000 postgraduates, 13,000 undergraduates, and about 700 administrative staffs.
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7. University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Commonly called "UNN" its a federal University situated in Nsukka, Enugu State. Founded in 1955 and formally opened on 7th October, 1960. The university has four campuses, three in Nsukka, Enugu, Ituku-Ozalla all in Enugu State and one in Aba, Abia State.

The University of Nigeria (UNN) was the first full-fledged indigenous and autonomous university in Nigeria, modeled upon the American educational system. It is one of the five elite universities in the country with 15 faculties and 102 academic departments. The university offers 82 undergraduate programs and 211 postgraduate programs.
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8. University of Benin, Ugbowo
UNIBEN was established in 1970 as an institute of technology. It was accredited as a full-fledged university by NUC in 1971 and had its named changed from Institute of Technology to University of Benin in 1972. Since then the university has continued to grow in standard with a number of departments, faculties, institutes and units following NUC's directives.

The university offers courses at various levels including undergraduate, postgraduate, certificate and diploma. Presently the total number of student enrollment is over 40,000, made up of both full-time and part-time students shared among the various faculties.
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9. University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT)
In 1975, the university was established as The University College, Port Harcourt, it was given a university status in 1977. The university has ten (10) faculties accommodating about 35,000 to 40,000 students.

The university has produced eminent personalities in the country such as former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Timipre Sylva (former Executive Governor of Bayelsa State), Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (former Governor of Rivers State), and others.
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10. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria
ABU was established by the federal government in 1962, located in Zaria, Kaduna State. It was formerly called University of Northern Nigeria, after which it was named after the Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Amahdu Bello the first premier of Northern Nigeria.

Ahmadu Bello University runs a wide variety of under graduate and postgraduate programs and offers associate degrees and vocational remedial studies. It has always been the best university in Northern Nigeria. The university has three (3) campuses, Samaru and Kongo campus (both in Zaria) and the School of Basic Studies in Funtua.
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