UNN ranked 1st in Nigeria, 14th in Africa


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University of Nigeria Nsukka Gate

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
7 1062 Cairo University EGYPT 26579
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
17 1457 Kenyatta University KENYA 13725
18 1608 University of Ibadan NIGERIA 10867
19 1615 Beni Suef University Egypt 10765
20 1718 Benha University Egypt 9472



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  1. Great to see my Alma Mater positively rated. Greater glory is ahead of us with Prof Ozumba on the saddle. God bless Nigeria!

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