Top 5 Best Federal Universities in Nigeria (2020)

In every 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are located at least one Federal University. But the quality or standard of education is not the same across these federal universities.

One can attribute the inequality in the quality of education obtained in these schools to their ages. But have you thought about the management too?

As we may not concern ourselves presently with the reason the Nigerian Federal Universities are not the same, I want to bring you the top 5 best Federal Universities in Nigeria.

  1. UNIVERSITY IBADAN (UI)

The University of Ibadan is a Nigeria premier university and the oldest one so to say. This prestigious federal university of Nigeria is located at Ibadan in Oyo State Nigeria.

UI, as it is abbreviated, was established on January 18th 1948 and it was a college affiliated to the University of London. After 30 years of being affiliated to the London University, the school became independent 1962.

The University of Ibadan has a number of students reaching about 35,000 dispersed in the 16 faculties of the school. The different faculties of the school are:

  • Arts
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Social Sciences
  • Science
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Basic Medical Sciences
  • Agriculture
  • Pharmacy
  • Education
  • Environmental Design and Management
  • Law
  • Technology
  • Public Health
  • Dentistry
  • Economics
  • Renewable Natural Resources

The university is well equipped with research facilities, sports facilities, zoological and botanical gardens. As such, they have come up in different areas as the best Federal University in Nigeria. Many prominent scholars are leaders who have been produced by the school, some of which include: The first African Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, and so many others.

School Website: www.ui.edu.ng

  1. UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA NSUKKA (UNN)

Next on this list of the best 5 federal Universities in Nigeria is the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. It is also one of the oldest universities in Nigeria that has stood a test of time while delivering quality services in the educational sector of Nigeria.

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The University of Nigeria Nsukka popularly abbreviated as UNN was established in the year 1955 but was officially opened in 1960, during the leadership of Nnamdi Azikiwe. (The first President of Nigeria).

University of Nigeria admits thousands of students annually into 102 academic departments formed under the 15 faculties available in the school. The school offers 82 undergraduate programmes and 211 graduate programmes. The population of students in the school clocks around 36,000 students and more.

UNN has different campuses in different location, but the university senate is seated at the Nsukka campus. The other campuses are: University Teaching Hospital of the University of Nigeria (UNTH), University of Nigeria Enugu Campus (UNEC) and the University of Nigeria Aba (UNAC).

The faculties in the University of Nigeria Nsukka are:

  • Agriculture
  • Arts
  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Social Sciences
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Business Administration
  • Environmental Studies
  • Law
  • Medical Sciences

The University website is www.unn.edu.ng

  1. UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS (UNILAG)

The University of Lagos, popularly called UNILAG was founded in 1962 and on this list of best federal universities in Nigeria, it ranks 3rd.

UNILAG provides quality and research-based training to her students, who now in various industries of the economy utilize their skills for the development of the nation.

The University of Lagos has a total number of 3 campuses: the main campus at Akoka, the Yaba X-Ray School and the UNILAG Medical School in Idi-Araba. In the school are offered 86 undergraduates programmes and 140 graduate programmes. There are 12 faculties in the University of Lagos and they include:

  • Arts
  • Basic Medical Sciences
  • Dental Sciences
  • Administration Sciences
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Social Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Law
  • Pharmacy
  • Sciences
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They also have some other academic units like:

  • Institute of Distant Education
  • Confucius Institute
  • Institute of Maritime Studies
  • Institute of Continuing Education
  • Institute of African and Diaspora Studies

The University of Lagos (UNILAG) can be classified as one of the best universities in Nigeria, considering the reputation of individuals it has produced. Some of these people include:

Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, SAN (The Vice President of Nigeria)

Mr. Akinwumi Ambode (Former Governor of Lagos State)

Ogbonnaya Onu (The Minister of Science and Technology, Nigeria)

Wale Adenuga (CEO, WAP TV)

Omowunmi Sadik (Chemist and an inventor Binghamton University, USA). The list continues.

The school website is www.unilag.edu.ng

  1. AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY (ABU)

The Ahmadu Bello University is the only northern Nigeria federal universities that make it to this list of top 5 best federal universities in Nigeria. There are also other great federal universities in the North like Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, Bayero University, Kano and so on.

ABU Zaria as it is commonly called is located in Zaria in Kaduna State, Nigeria. ABU is one of the best scientific universities in Nigeria, owing to so much scientific researches carried out in the institution. They also have research equipment that other Nigerian universities don not have. ABU Zaria Teaching Hospitals is perhaps the largest teaching hospital in Nigeria.

ABU Zaria was established in 1962 following the recommendation of Ashby Commission on Graduate Certificate and Higher Education in Nigeria. The school was named after the Sokoto Sardauna and Prime Minister, Sir Ahmadu Bello.

The following faculties were what started ABU Zaria in 1962:

  • Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Science
  • Law

Currently, ABU Zaria has 12 faculties, one graduate school and 82 departments. The school has a total number of about 35,000 students.

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The School website of ABU Zaria is www.abu.edu.ng

  1. UNIVERSITY OF BENIN (UNIBEN)

The 5th best Federal University in Nigeria is the University of Benin. This prestigious university was founded in 1970 with a bid to reduce the illiteracy rate in Nigeria. It is located in one the most important and historical cities in Nigeria, Benin Edo State. We may never forget to mention the Ancient Benin Kingdom.

The University of Benin, shortly called UNIBEN already has about 30,000 students enrolled for the different courses offered in the school. In the school are departments that offer undergraduate, graduate, diploma and certificate courses.

Some of the faculties in the University of Benin are:

  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Social Sciences
  • Arts
  • Agriculture
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Basic Medical Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Education
  • Physical Sciences
  • Medical Sciences

The school website of UNIBEN is www.uniben.edu

CONCLUSION

There are many great federal universities in Nigeria. But all cannot be at the same level at the same time. If the university you expected to make the list did not, we are sorry. But you could still suggest it or them as the case may be, in the comment section.

From our side, the above are the top 5 best federal universities in Nigeria.

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