Covenant University, Ota Ogun state has emerged best university in Nigeria and 7th in Africa according to Times Higher Education’s (THE) Sub-Saharan Africa University Rankings in 2023.
Of Nigeria’s 258 universities, only Covenant University makes the top ten of the best universities in Africa.
Covenant University is a private Christian university in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria, founded in 2002. The university, with affiliation to Bishop David Oyedepo’s Living Faith Church Worldwide is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
THE’s Sub-Saharan Africa University Rankings 2023 were officially announced Monday at the organisation’s first forum which took place in partnership with Ashesi University in Ghana.
Four of the top 10 universities are from South Africa and two are from Tanzania.
THE noted that the rankings were based on “access and fairness, Africa impact, teaching skills, student engagement, and resources and finance.”
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1. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
2. University of Johannesburg, South Africa
3. Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania
4. University of Pretoria
5. Makerere University, Uganda
6. University of the Western Cape
7. Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State.
8. University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), Rwanda
9. Ashesi University, Ghana
10. Ardhi University, Tanzania.
According to the ranking, Nigeria has the highest number of universities, with 37 entries. South Africa follows closely behind with nine universities, while Ghana and Kenya each claim seven.
Somalia and Uganda, on the other hand, each have five institutions featured in the rankings.
Of the 88 ranked institutions, 59 (67 per cent) are publicly funded, while 21 (24 per cent) operate as private, not-for-profit entities.
Private for-profit universities constitute eight institutions (9 per cent), with seven of the best ten universities falling under the public category.
In terms of overall performance, public universities achieved an average score of 50 in the rankings, charging students a median annual fee of £966.
Private institutions, however, received an average score of 43, with not-for-profit establishments charging £1,922 per year and for-profit universities demanding £3,291 annually.