The University of Ibadan (UI) has again put Nigeria in the spotlight by emerging as the best institution in West Africa the recently released Scientific Index rankings. The institution which is the premier university in Nigeria tops the list of the eight West African universities that are among the best fifty universities in Africa. Let us take a glimpse at these instructions.
University of Ibadan which is placed 20th in Africa in the latest ranking was founded by the colonial government in 1948 as a university college under the university of London. It however became an autonomous institution in 1962, two years after Nigeria became independent from Great Britain.
The second best institution in the sub region is the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) which is twenty seventh in Africa. UNN was officially established in 1960. It is the first Nigerian university to have multiple campus.
The best Ghanaian university in this ranking is the University of Ghana, Accra. It is placed 3rd in West Africa and 29th in Africa.
It was founded by the British colonial government as a college of the university of London in 1948. It was upgraded to the status of and independent university by the government of Kwame Nkrumah on October 1, 1961.
University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ghana is the youngest university among the top fifty African universities. The current Scientific Index ranking placed UHAS in the 36th position in Africa (4th in the West African sub region). Academic activities began in the university in September, 2012. It is the first public institution in the Volta Region of the country.
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi in Ghana is the fifth best West African university in the latest ranking (38th in Africa). This institution was founded by law in 1951 as Kumasi College of Technology. Its name changed to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in August 1961 when it was converted to a university.
Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) is the 6th best university in the sub region and 41st in Africa. FUTA was established in 1981.
University of Calabar (UNICAL) is ranked 42nd in Africa and 7th in West Africa. It was established in 1975.
Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria is the only university from Northern Nigeria that made the list of top fifty universities in Africa.
ABU which was founded in 1962 is placed 48th in Africa. It is alsothe first university in Northern Nigeria.
One interesting fact about the top universities in West Africa is that they are all government-owned.
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