By Sunny A Ijomah
The University of Ibadan, the University of Nigeria, the University of Lagos and Ahmadu Bello University, have been ranked among the best universities in the world, according to the Centre for World University Rankings.
A total of 20,531 universities were ranked with 2,000 making the global list, according to the list published on the website of the global organisation on Monday.
The University of Ibadan was ranked first in Nigeria and 1,163th position in the global 2,000.
UNN was ranked second in Nigeria and 1,784th position on the global list.
UNILAG was ranked third in Nigeria and 1,875th globally while ABU was ranked fourth nationally and was placed number 1,881 on the global list.
The top five universities in the world, according to the ranking are: Havard University, United States; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States; Stanford University, United States; University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Accordingly, the rankings were based on research, employability, faculty and education rank.
Commenting on the National picture, the President of the Center for World University Rankings, Dr Nadin Mahassen, said, ‘While it is encouraging to see Nigeria making gains in the rankings, funding to further promote the development and reputation of Nigeria’s higher education system is vital if the country aspires to be more competitive on the global stage.
‘Efforts must be made to ensure that Nigeria attracts top academics and students, that increasing enrollment numbers at universities come alongside increases in teaching capacity, and that tertiary education expenditure as a percentage of the national GDP steadily grows in the years to come.’