Three Nigerian universities have been included among the top 800 universities in the world.
The Nigerian universities are: University of Ibadan (U.I), Lagos State University (LASU), and University of Lagos (UNILAG).
This was contained in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Ranking obtained on Wednesday.
The ranked UI, LASU, and UNILAG as first, second, and third respectively in Nigeria.
Privately-owned Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, was ranked fourth; ahead of the Federal Government-owned University of Nigeria, Nsukka, which came fifth; and Obafemi Awolowo University, sixth in Nigeria.
A breakdown of the ranking further showed that UI ranked within 401-500 bracket; LASU, 501–600th; and UNILAG 601–800th.
Covenant University ranked within the band of 801–1000th; the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Obafemi iAwolowo University placed 1001+.
The ranking showed that of the six Nigerian universities listed in The 2021 Emerging Economies University Rankings, UI iand UNN scored one per cent in international students enrolment, while LASU, UNILAG, CU, and OAU had no record of students enrolment in this category.
The University of Oxford tops the rankings for the fifth consecutive year, while mainland China’s Tsinghua University becomes the ifirst Asian university to break into the top 20 under the current methodology (launched in 2011).
Reacting, the acting Vice Chancellor of LASU, Prof. Oyedamola Oke, expressed delight with the rating of LASU as the second-best university in Nigeria on the 2021 Emerging Economies University Rankings released by the Times Higher Education.
Oke isaid ithe inew istatus iof ithe iuniversity iis iheartwarming, iand ia ifurther iattestation ito iher iquality iteaching, iresearch iexploits, iand irobust iservice idelivery.