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University of Lagos Ranks 16th Position in Top 100 Universities and Colleges in Africa by the University Web Ranking



The University of Lagos has taken the 16th position in the recent ranking of Top 100 Universities and Colleges in Africa by the University Web Ranking. It followed closely behind University of Nairobi and University of Ghana which took the 14th and 15th positions respectively.

Other Nigerian Universities that made the list and their positions are University of Ilorin (39), University of Ibadan (40), Obafemi Awolowo University (42), University of Benin (45), University of Port Harcourt (52), University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (64), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (84) and University of Jos (88).

University of Cape Town, South Africa was the first on the list, followed closely by University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. The first six Universities on the list were South African Universities.

According to, this ranking is based on web popularity.

4 International Colleges & Universities is an international higher education search engine and directory reviewing accredited Universities and Colleges in the world. includes 11,000 Colleges and Universities, ranked by web popularity, in 200 countries.

The current ranking is based upon an algorithm including three unbiased and independent web metrics extracted from three different search engines:

  • Google Page Rank
  • Alexan Traffic Rank
  • Majestic Seo Referring Domains does not rank the institutions or their programs by the quality of education or level of services provided. In fact, a note on the website specifically states that the University Web Ranking is ‘not an academic ranking and should not be adopted as the main criteria for selecting an higher education organization where to study’.

I was initially surprised that no private University in Nigeria made the list but after doing more research to find out the basis for the ranking, I guess it’s fair that University of Lagos ranks highest in Nigeria based on web popularity.

Or, what do you think? How do you feel about this list and the positions taken by the 9 Nigerian Universities that made the list?

Please share your thoughts.


Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Lola

    July 23, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Since its based on popularity not education-wise, i ain’t bordered!

    • Nenns

      July 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      Bordered? Really?!#epicfail

  2. onut

    July 23, 2012 at 3:01 am

    Ranking higher institutions based on web popularity????? Not solid at all. I went to Unilag but i wouldn’t reckon with this. Nothing to rejoice about.

  3. LPS

    July 23, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Congrats to Unilag…


    July 23, 2012 at 3:35 am

    We are in the technology era and this is a wake up call.

  5. fromdoverseas

    July 23, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Yayy! unilag for LIVE!!! lol sorry couldn’t resist 😀

    • Adrianse

      July 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      LOL…*life* serious Unilag student lol

  6. me

    July 23, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Yaaaay for University of Nairobi!!!! go you!!!!

  7. sodi

    July 23, 2012 at 6:01 am

    lol which kin ranking , its not educational ranking abeg.

  8. ayo la

    July 23, 2012 at 6:46 am

    How do you rank academic institutions not based on academics. This actually just means that the schl has a large population of students who browse frequently.

  9. Austine Da Whizchap

    July 23, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Based on Web Popularity? Why Wont UNILAG be Number One, When Some Months Back, It Went Viral on The Internet Because of The Change of Name. Rubbish!

  10. Princess of Zion

    July 23, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Congratulations to them but I pray this doesn’t mislead prospective students or parents!

  11. Funmology

    July 23, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Ftm… Okay i for fear… Everybody knws Unilag is very popular… Gud for them at least my school was not left out… Unilorin on point.

  12. hmm

    July 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    And in the world, what do these universities rank?

    Lets not celebrate mediocrity abeg. Our system is still far behind.

  13. Bukky

    July 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm


  14. wura

    July 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    pure beef

  15. nich

    July 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    don’t you guys get it……..the popularity also tells you guys the demand for the universities mentioned………..outside the 4 top schools in south africa which includes university of cape town south africa, cairo university egypt and covenant university nigeria…………
    in my opinion every other school in africa is trash…..

  16. Oyindamola

    July 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Yeah!unilag! School of opportunities… Am happy 4 u!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Miss C

    July 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Did dat Unilag graduate abi student just write “Unilag for LIVE”?????? Imagine deir graduates **rme**

  18. Olusayo laide

    July 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    To me it’s not based on academics cos if it is to be,then UNN is worthy of top position

  19. NIKE

    July 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    That is interesting to know.

  20. Me

    July 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I went to Unilag for a Post Graduate Degree. Let us see what position we’ll be when it comes to academic rankings. The Nigerian educational system is nothing to write home about.

  21. Bianca

    July 23, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Nigerian universities are still way behind academically, and that should be the most important focus.

  22. Tosin

    July 24, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Many of the higher education rankings internationally are of mere web traffic; Unilag has done well to get up there. Props to the leadership and the IT team. The web used to be super-frustrating at Unilag, but at least this says that other schools are worse. It’s not easy…

    What is happening to telecomms in this country? They almost made me cry, any small thing the network don die.

  23. daniella

    July 24, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Hmmmmm education wise nothing 2write home about! Besides Unilag still has cramped lecture halls without Ac in most halls! Na wa!

  24. angryperson

    July 26, 2012 at 9:18 am

    @Austine Da Whizchap You got it. I don’t get why people don’t see it.
    @ all
    No Nigerian university has reached an educational threshold level to be ranked among academic institutions. Nigerian universities consist of students who unwittingly think they are getting educated when in reality they are being groomed to be proficient at foolishness by a bunch of incompetent, lazy and ignorant lecturers who make use of little, outdated or no facilities; especially in engineering.

  25. angryperson

    July 26, 2012 at 9:23 am

    BTW, I ‘graduated’ from the ‘University’ of Benin.

  26. Jade

    August 21, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Why would u want to rank universities if it is not based on academic qualifications?

  27. lolz

    November 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    unilag for life joor

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