The University of Nigeria has been ranked as the number one university in Nigeria, 14th in Africa and 1389 in the world.
The ranking was conducted by the reputable world universities ranking body, Webometrics based on the impact of scholarly publications by universities round the world.
This information is contained in the just released December 2015 Ranking of Top 2000 Universities in the World based on their Google Scholar Citation profiles.
Reacting to the development, the chairman of the university’s Senate Research Grants Committee, Prof Obinna Onwujekwe in a statement noted with satisfaction that less than 30 African universities were ranked.
“Also, only UNN and University Ibadan were ranked from Nigeria, a pointer to the overall poor quality of academic publications from most Nigerian universities”, he said.
He said further in the statement:
“Our collective efforts are paying off and UNN is now counted amongst the best in the world.
“We are now reaping the dividends of increased publications by UNN staff in high impact and visible journals.
“However, we are still a long way from getting into the top five in Africa. But it is achievable, if we intensity our publications in high impact visible journals that can be accessed and cited from all over the world”, he said.
The top 20 African universities in the list are as follows:
|Africa rank||World rank||University||Country||Citations|
|1||244||University of Cape Town||SOUTH AFRICA||164542|
|2||443||University of Pretoria||SOUTH AFRICA||95192|
|3||543||Stellenbosch University||SOUTH AFRICA||74142|
|4||646||University of Kwazulu Natal||SOUTH AFRICA||58311|
|5||648||University of the Witwatersrand||SOUTH AFRICA||58155|
|6||802||Zewail City of Science and Technology||EGYPT||42084|
|8||1096||University of Nairobi||KENYA||24577|
|9||1124||North West University||SOUTH AFRICA||23501|
|10||1153||American University Cairo||Egypt||22235|
|11||1178||University of Tanta||EGYPT||21677|
|12||1193||University of the Western Cape||SOUTH AFRICA||20969|
|13||1225||University of the Free State||SOUTH AFRICA||19795|
|14||1389||University of Nigeria||NIGERIA||15076|
|15||1417||University of South Africa||SOUTH AFRICA||14535|
|16||1455||Ain Shams University||EGYPT||13780|
|18||1608||University of Ibadan||NIGERIA||10867|
|19||1615||Beni Suef University||Egypt||10765|