7 Best Schools (Universities) In Nigeria
The importance of education in any nation can never be over emphasized. In fact, the emphasis education enjoys, stems from its central role as the source of human capacity development used to feed the manpower needs of various aspects of nation building. Any policy or developmental drive that excludes education indirectly locks society on the path of chaotic existence, if not extinction. In pre-independent Nigeria, the standard of education was very high. Nigeria was the envy of many nations in terms of qualitative education and ensured standards. Graduates from the few colonial educational institutions could compete with their counterparts anywhere in the world. At independence in 1960, the first republic government did well to sustain these standards, making sure that all levels of our then educational system are constantly serviced to maintain quality output. Efforts were genuinely geared toward teachers training, equipping of schools with adequate instructional materials, scholarships and subventions, provision of adequate teaching and learning environment etc.
The genesis of the decline in education came after military incursion into politics and subsequent civilian administrations that initiated and consequently sustained the total neglect of education at all levels. What followed was the multiplication of schools without corresponding infrastructure, funds, manpower etc. to run these schools .especially those of the public sector. To make matters worse, the decay of education was further facilitated by the endemic corruption that now has been entrenched in the system. Today, a simple way to grasp the disdain education suffers is by looking at the percentage of both national and state budgets allocated to education.
In spite of the state of education in Nigeria, there are still schools that uphold standards and are committed to qualitative education in Nigeria. This article is therefore focused on seven (7) best universities in Nigeria. This assessment covers the 79 private universities in Nigeria, 43 federal universities, and 48 state universities.
The best University in Nigeria are as follows:
UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN
University of Ibadan occupies the first position when it comes to the best universities in Nigeria. Established in the year 1948 as a college of the University of London, the school was the first university in Nigeria. It became a full-fledged university in 1962. The university has sixteen faculties namely, Arts, Science, Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Agriculture, the Social Sciences, Education, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Technology, Law, Public Health, Dentistry, Economics, Renewable Natural Resources and Environmental Design and Management. The Faculties of the Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Public Health and Dentistry are organised as a College of Medicine. The university has other academic units like: The Institute of Child Health, the Institute of Education amongst others. The school has a strong post graduate and has a global recognition.
2. UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS
The University of Lagos comes as the second best university in Nigeria. Established in 1962, partly as a result of the recommendations of the Ashly Eric Commission in 1959. The University of Lagos is known for academic excellence and has a world class reputation. The school has twelve (12) faculties, a reputable School of Post graduate Studies, and a Distant Learning Institute (DLI). The twelve faculties are: Arts, Basic Medical Sciences, Business Administration, Clinical Sciences, Dental Sciences, Education, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Law, Pharmacy, Science, Social Sciences.
3. OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY
Obafemi Awolowo University is the third best university in Nigeria. The school was established in 1961 but classes started in the following year, 1962.The University started with five faculties– Agriculture, Arts, Economics and Social studies (now Social Sciences), Law and Science. Six new Faculties have since been added, namely the Faculty of Education (established on 1st October, 1967), the Faculty of Pharmacy (established on 1st October, 1969), the Faculties Technology and Health Sciences (now College of Health Sciences) (both established on 1st October, 1960), Faculty of Administration with effect from 1st October 1979) and Faculty of Environmental Design and Management (established on April 6, 1982).
- CONVENANT UNIVERSITY
Covenant University comes as the fourth best university in Nigeria. Covenant University is a private university with strong Christian background established in 1992 in Ota, present day Ogun State Nigeria.The school is pwned by the Living Faith Church A.K.A Winners Chapel. The vision of the school is to raise a new generation of leaders and reinstate the black race’s dignity.This school has a great reputation and a track record of academic excellence. The university has four colleges which includes: The College of Business and Social Sciences; College of Leadership and Development Studies; College of Engineering, and the College of Science and Technology.
5. AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY
Ahmadu Bello University is the fifth best university in Nigeria.Established in the year 1962 the school runs a multi-campus sytem. It has its main campus at Samaru and another at Kongo in Zaria. There is also a pre-degree school at Funtua. The Samaru campus houses the administrative offices and the faculties of physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences, arts and languages, education, environmental design, engineering, medical sciences, agricultural sciences and research facilities. The Kongo campus hosts the faculties of Law and Administration
6. UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA
The University of Nigeria. Founded in 1955 and formally opened in 1960 is the sixth best university in Nigeria. Located in Nssuka, Enugu state. The university is world class and has a great academic reputation and excellence. The university has 15 Faculties and a renowned Post graduate school.
7. FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, MINNA
Federal University of Technology, Minna is the seventh best university in Nigeria. Established in 1983,the mission of the school is to facilitate the much need self-reliance in technology. The school operates a multi- campus system, in Bosso and Gidan Kwano.It currently has ten (10) faculties, organised as schools.