The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) has released the global rankings for world institutions, and only one Nigerian University, the University of Ibadan made the top 1000 universities in the world list.
The CWUR, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, publishes the only academic ranking of global universities that assesses the quality of education, alumni employment, research output, and citations without relying on surveys and university data submissions. The methodology has been enhanced this year, with research now accounting for 70 per cent of the total score.
Though University of Ibadan was ranked 991st worldwide, and 14th in Africa, no other Nigerian university made the list. Seven universities from South Africa, four from Egypt, and one each from Uganda and Tunisia are also in the list.
Harvard University, United States, for the seventh year in a row, has been ranked as the top global university by the CWUR. Stanford University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in the U.S, are ranked second and third respectively.
University of Cambridge, U.K, is ranked fourth, while University of Oxford, also in the U.K, is ranked fifth.
Among the top 10 universities are University of California, Berkeley, U.S (sixth); Princeton University, U.S (seventh); Columbia University, U.S (eighth); California Institute of Technology, U.S (ninth); and the University of Chicago, U.S (10th).
The U.S leads with 213 universities in the top 1000, followed by China (108), the United Kingdom (62), France (58), and Japan (56).
Germany (54), Italy (45), Spain (38), South Korea (35), and Canada (28) round up the top 10 countries. In total, 61 countries have representatives in the top 1000.
Established in 1948, the University of Ibadan, UI as it is fondly referred to, is the first University in Nigeria. Until 1962 when it became a full-fledged independent University, it was a College of the University of London in a special relationship scheme.
The University, which took off with academic programmes in Arts, Science and Medicine, is now a comprehensive citadel of learning with academic programmes in sixteen Faculties.