Only one Nigerian university has made it to the list of top 10 African universities, a rating that has six South African schools.
In a ranking released Tuesday, Nigeria’s University of Ibadan came a distant eighth on the top 10 list, beaten by schools from South Africa, Kenya and Egypt.
With its performance, the University of Ibadan naturally came tops as Nigeria’s best, according to the research conducted by Journals Consortium.
The result shows how the Nigerian education system struggles against its African peers.
The ranking was based on research publications and citations from 2010 to 2014 as well as visibility on the Internet, Journals Consortium said.
The University of Cape Town in South Africa was graded the continent’s best while Cairo University in Egypt came second.
Another South African institution, University of Pretoria, ranked third while the University of Nairobi, in Kenya, ranked fourth.
University of South Africa was ranked fifth leaving Witwatersrand University at the sixth position and Stellenbosch at seventh.
The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, came 13th in Africa – apparently Nigeria’s second best.
While the University of Ibadan started off as University College in 1948, the University of Nigeria was founded in 1955 and was formally opened in 1960.
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, ABU, ranked 18th in Africa and third in Nigeria, while the University of Lagos ranked 20th in Africa, and fourth in Nigeria.
Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, ranked 24th in Africa, and fifth in Nigeria while University of Benin ranked 27th in Africa and sixth in Nigeria.
University of Ilorin was rated seventh best in Nigeria but 31st in Africa while the University of Port Harcourt ranked eighth in Nigeria, and 36th in Africa.
Nnamdi Azikiwe University stood at ninth position in Nigeria, and 42nd in Africa, leaving the University of Calabar as 10th in Nigeria but 43rd in Africa respectively.
“University of Ibadan has always maintained that rank status from as back as I know, and am proud to be a product of that University,” Bayo Aladejo, an alumnus of the University of Ibadan said.