By Bayo Akamo
The University of Ibadan has emerged as the best University in Nigeria in the January edition of the 2018 Webometrics ranking of Universities throughout the world.
According to the Webometrics ranking, the premier university ranks 1099 in the world and the only Nigerian university in the top 1000 bracket in the world.
In the latest ranking, University of Ibadan is followed in the second position by the Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State (the only private university with the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife ranked as the third best University in Nigeria.
The latest Webometrics ranking placed the Convenant University and Obafemi Awolowo University rank 2,140th and 2,267th in the world respectively with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), University of Lagos (UNILAG), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) and the Federal University of Technology, Minna rank fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh positions respectively.
Others in the ranking are the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) as the 8th in Nigeria and 3,118th globally; followed by the Federal University of Technology Akure (ninth Nigeria, 3176 world), he University of Benin (10th Nigeria, 3512), University of Port Harcourt (11th, 3535th); Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (12th, 3,638th); and the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (13th, 3665th).
Also in the Webometrics ranking, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso was rated as the best state university and the 14th in the country and 3680th in the world. Bayero University, Kano (15th, 3760th); Lagos State University (16th, 3807th); University of Uyo (17th, 3823rd ); University of Calabar (18th,4153rd); Nnamdi Azikiwe University (19th, 4277th) and the University of Jos (20th, 4323rd) complete the top 20 on the list).
The ranking further rated the Afe Babalola University,Ado Ekiti as second best performing University in Nigeria and 4329th in the world,
the University of Maiduguri, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State; American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa State and Federal University of Oye-Ekiti are ranked 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th respectively in Nigeria.
It also listed Auchi Polytechnic as the 48th in Nigeria and 8623rd institution in the world; followed by the Yaba College of Technology (65th Nigeria, 10,911th world) and The Polytechnic, Ibadan (77th Nigeria, 12,202nd world).
Mr Bayo Akamo is a state editor, New Nigerian Newspapers