Covenant University emerges best University in Nigeria: See full list of top 39

Gone are the days when private universities were tagged “glorified secondary schools.” We are now seeing private Universities not only taking centre stage but also setting pace in the community of schools. Covenant University, the Ota-based private Christian University in Ogun State, recently beat the likes of the University of Ibadan, FUTA, and others to emerge as the best University in Nigeria.

Recall that Covenant University gained prominence in 2018 after it got the prize for the best university in Nigeria and the sixth-best university overall.

Times Higher Education, THE, in its latest 2024 ranking of universities placed Oxford University, England as the number one in the world. While Covenant University is occupying the number one position in Nigeria. Covenant University also emerged 1st in West Africa and 7th in Sub-saharan Africa University ranking. On the global stage, the school which is just two decades old is ranked 801.  Times Higher Education conducts this ranking exercise on 1,904 universities across 108 countries and regions.

They based their assessment on five performance indicators. See how they put it: “The table is based on our new WUR 3.0 methodology, which is carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across five areas; teaching, research environment, research quality, industry and international outlook.” Click here to see the full list of the 1,904 best universities in the world.

Locally, the full list of the best 39 Nigerian Universities according to THE ranking is shown below:

1. Covenant University

2. University of Ibadan

3. Federal University of Technology, Akure

4. University of Lagos

5. Bayero University, Kano

6. University of Ilorin

7. University of Nigeria

8. Afe Babalola University

9. University of Benin

10. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

11. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology

12. Lagos State University

13. Nnamdi Azikiwe University

14. Obafemi Awolowo University

15. University of Port Harcourt

16. Abia State University

17. Akwa Ibom State University

18. Alex Ekwueme Federal University

19. Babcock University

20. Baze University

21. Bells University of Technology

22. Benson Idahosa University

23. Delta State University, Abraka

24. Edo State University

25. Edwin Clark University

26. Elizade University

27. Evangel University, Akaeze

28. Federal University of Kashere

29. Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun

30. Federal University of Technology, Minna

31. Federal University of Technology, Owerri

32. Fountain University

33. Landmark University

34. Nassarawa State University, Keffi

35. Niger Delta University

36. Plateau State University

37. Thomas Adewumi University

38. Veritas University

39. Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano


Covenant University, CU was founded on the 21st of October, 2002, by Bishop David Oyedepo and is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Association of African Universities, and National Universities Commission. CU remains focused on raising a new generation of leaders who will impact their nation, Africa and the world.

CU has over 36 areas of studies in 23 departments of the 4 colleges in the school (Engineering, Science and Technology, Management and Social Sciences, and Leadership and Development Studies.)


There you have it; Covenant University has proven itself to be a consistent trailblazer, a beacon of hope and an educational citadel with undeniable academic excellence. It’s very true, that for nation like Nigeria, with all the academic brains that we are producing, our best University is not even amongs the first 100. But, being ranked 801 is far better than when we use to be above the best 1000 in world. 

What is your take on this ranking? Comment below if your alma mata is on the list of the best 39 Universities in Nigeria based on Times Higher Education ranking. Also, tell us in the comment section, if you are surprised, that your school is not on the list.


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