A world universities ranking has once again put the University of Ibadan (UI) as the only Nigerian university to rank among the top 1,000 universities in the world.
In the 2018/2019 edition of the global rankings released on Monday by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), Nigeria’s premier university is ranked 991st worldwide, and 14th in Africa.
It is not the first time only the UI would be the only university from Nigeria make the top 1000 academic institutions.
EduCeleb.com recalls that is the only Nigerian University to make it to the 2018 Times Higher Education, (THE) World University Rankings released last September, and the 2018 Webometrics Ranking released in January.
But it was only in the 4icu Ranking that two universities – the University of Lagos and Ahmadu Bello University were rated ahead of the UI in earlier 2018 universities ranking.
Aside the UI, 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 the 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).
On the scale of country presence in the ranking, the US 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.
The statement on the CWUR noted that the ranking was purely based on seven factors including quality of teaching, alumni employment, quality of faculty, research output, quality publications, influence, and citations.
“CWUR’s rankings grade universities on seven factors without relying on surveys and university data submissions: quality of teaching, alumni employment, quality of faculty, research output, quality publications, influence, and citations.”
“The methodology has been enhanced this year, with research now accounting for 70 percent of the total score,” the press statement read.