University of Lagos Ranks 9th Position Among the “Top 10 Universities in Africa” by

A recent ranking of African Universities by has placed the University of Lagos in the 9th position. Cairo University, Egypt ranks first on the list followed by yet another University in Egypt, American University in Cairo.

According to a statement on their website, “While students from across the continent continue to move abroad to study at leading learning institutions in the U.S. and Europe, Africa boasts its own league of great universities. Presented below is Part I of’s Top 10 Universities in Africa. Part II will feature the Top 10 Universities in South Africa, a country that is home to enough academic heavyweights to populate its own list.”
Here is the list of 10 Universities ranked top in Africa:

1. Cairo University – Egypt
2. American University in Cairo – Egypt
3. Mansoura University – Egypt
4. Makerere University – Uganda
5. University of Nairobi – Kenya
6. University of Dar es Salaam – Tanzania
7. University of Botswana – Botswana
8. University of Ghana – Ghana
9. University of Lagos – Nigeria
10. Ashesi University – Ghana

The Statement on University of Lagos

Established in 1962 with the aim of training professionals for the newly independent Nigeria, the University of Lagos is a comprehensive university that strives to learn through “knowledge and research.” The University houses nine faculties, and the Medical School is home to three faculties. With an emphasis on research, the University’s faculty has published over 1,700 papers, with the most publications coming out of the medical, science, and engineering faculties.

In celebration of its Golden Jubilee, the University of Lagos will host a three-day research conference and fair with the theme “Research and Innovation for Economic Development in a Globalising Nigeria.”

Notable alumni include Nigerian television actor Francis Agu; publisher and film producer Wale Adenuga; Chairperson of the Nigerian Government’s Economic and Financial Crimes, Farida Mzamber Waziri, and HIV/LGBT activist Bisi Alimi.

The criteria used for the ranking include the following: 1) undergraduate and graduate school reputation among higher education peers; 2) student selectivity for entering undergraduate class; 3) quality and quantity of faculty research, including depth of research facilities and engagement beyond immediate community, and 4) international student ratio—the degree to which institution draws students from outside of its national boundaries.

Based on the criteria used, do you think University of Lagos among all other Universities deserved to be the only Nigerian University on that list?

23 Comments on University of Lagos Ranks 9th Position Among the “Top 10 Universities in Africa” by
  • Sweetprincess November 28, 2012 at 11:57 pm


  • Eve November 29, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Then what about famous ABU and OAU?

  • Msunderstood November 29, 2012 at 12:42 am


  • intheoverseas November 29, 2012 at 2:00 am

    na so… and universities in south africa nko? lol

    • Iris November 29, 2012 at 10:55 am

      As in! I’m confused O. It’s not like I’m not glad to see Nigeria, but really..

  • nich November 29, 2012 at 3:22 am

    University of cape town, Cairo university and covenant university are the best schools in Africa…

  • No Long Thing November 29, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Where is the University of Cape Town? This list has some credibility issues.

  • honey November 29, 2012 at 4:26 am

    woooooow egypt lead with 3 and Ghana with 2….Oh im sooo proud of u Ghana,shoutout to my fav country..luv my Ghana,BTW shoutout to all the schools that made the cut…hoping for the best.

  • mikel November 29, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Fat lie

  • Rosie November 29, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Am surprised that the the University of Cape Town did not feature here.

  • sofy November 29, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Makerere University yiiiiiiiiiiiiipeeeeeee the best

  • Nkem November 29, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Moshood Abiola University you mean?

    • femi November 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      dey there dey beef…..
      where ur own school dey?

  • natty November 29, 2012 at 11:25 am

    list is BS !

  • Soraya November 29, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Well, I won’t put too much faith into this list. For one, I would consider American University of Cairo over Cairo University because the former awards American degrees which are considered equivalent to British degree honors standard whereas Cairo University awards Egyptian degrees which are not really up to British degree standard unless these degrees were awarded in science based subjects. Likewise, a degree from Makerere University or University of Ghana are equivalent to British honors degree standard but degrees from private universities in the two countries are not generally recognised by top British universities. On the other hand, degrees from Nigerian universities are considered to be eqivalent to ordinary British degrees (unless you graduated with a first class) but ironically enough, HNDs are considered to be equivalent to British degree honors standard- this is one reason why many Nigerian applicants are not successful at securing admission into top British universities like LSE, even if they have 2.1. Likewise, South African degrees are not really equivalent unless it is a degree from a 4 year course.

  • Chummy November 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    UNN nko? Abi e no join?

  • her royalmajesty November 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    what are even the criteria s for ranking all these universities, abeg make we hear word

  • cewaya November 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Who are we kidding? we all know this list is bogus. Where are the South African Schools??? I look for the time when a Nigerian school will sincerely rank top in this ranking. The government needs to take the education sector seriously!!!

  • sammyjay November 29, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    senseless ranking who gathered this rubbish here even the top 20 nigeria is not there and hw come south africa university is missing on the list STUPID RANKING

  • kuti November 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    If you read the intro it explains why there are no South African schools on the list! “Part II will feature the Top 10 Universities in South Africa, a country that is home to enough academic heavyweights to populate its own list.”

  • ojong clovis January 1, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Why is there no cameroonian university among the top 100?

  • KIZITO ISMAIL MUSOKE February 13, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    me personally i think makerere university is the best with the best medical school

  • Bayo February 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Where is obafemi awolowo university dis list is rubbish why is south africans are too anxious abt nigeria,is nigeria university dont worth to be among first 10 in africa?

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