There are over a thousand universities in West Africa, and it might interest you to find out the top-ranking universities in the West Africa region.
According to data obtained from the Times Higher Education 2022 ranking, we’ll show you the 10 best universities in West Africa.
The ranking rates university performance using 13 different indicators measuring teaching, research, research impact, innovation and international outlook. In case you’re contemplating enrolling in a university in West Africa, here are the top-ranked universities you should consider.
- 1 Top Ranking Universities In West Africa
- 2 1. University of Cape Coast
- 3 2. University of Ibadan
- 4 3. University of Lagos
- 5 4. Covenant University
- 6 5. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
- 7 6. University of Ghana
- 8 7. University of Ilorin
- 9 8. University of Nigeria Nsukka
- 10 9. Obafemi Awolowo University
- 11 10. Lagos State University
Top Ranking Universities In West Africa
Below is the list of the top 10 best ranking universities in West Africa. According to the list, Nigeria tops the ranking with 7 universities, Ghana with 3 universities.
1. University of Cape Coast
The University of Cape Coast is ranked the best university in West Africa and the fourth best in Africa according to the THE rankings 2022.
The university is located in Cape Coast with two campuses; Southern and Northern Campus. There are four colleges at the university: the College of Humanities and Legal Studies, College of Education Studies, College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, and the College of Health and Allied Sciences.
The School of Graduate Studies is home to around 7,500 students studying at graduate level. The school is known for its innovative teaching and research and academic excellence
2. University of Ibadan
The University of Ibadan is located in Ibadan, the famous and populous capital of Oyo State, Nigeria. The University of Ibadan is the first and best public university in Nigeria. It also one of the largest Nigerian universities in terms of landmass and population. Besides being one of the best and most competitive South-Western universities, the University of Ibadan is highly regarded for its impressive academic standards.
The University of Ibadan began with just three departments – science, medicine and the arts – but has since expanded to take in 13 faculties, including social sciences, agriculture and forestry, education, technology, law and dentistry.
3. University of Lagos
The University of Lagos is located in the commercial capital of Nigeria. It was established in 1962 by the federal government and is popularly known as UNILAG. The University of Ghana is the 6th best university in West Africa.
The University of Lagos is one of the most populous universities in Nigeria. In the aspect of enrolment, the university enrolls nearly 10,000 candidates per year
4. Covenant University
Covenant University, is one of the best and most ranking university in West Africa. The University is a private Pentecostal Christian university located in Ota, Nigeria. Covenant University of the fastest growing university in the West Africa region.
It has four colleges, mostly dedicated to vocational studies: the College of Business and Social Sciences; the College of Leadership and Development Studies; the College of Engineering; and the College of Science and Technology.
Covenant is affiliated with the Living Faith Church Worldwide and is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Association of African Universities and the National Universities Commission.
5. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is the second best university in Ghana. The university is located in Kumasi, a city in southern Ghana. Kumasi is the capital of the Ashanti Region and is the second largest city in Ghana after Accra, the capital.
There are six colleges within the university: the college of agriculture and natural resources, college of art and built environment, college of humanities and social sciences, college of engineering, college of health sciences and the college of science. These colleges are comprised of faculties, which are subdivided into departments offering a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programmes.
6. University of Ghana
Established in 1948, the University of Ghana located in Accra is the best university in Ghana and the 5th best in West Africa. The University was founded as ‘University College of the Gold Coast’ – an affiliated college of the University of London. It is also the oldest and largest of Ghana’s 10 public universities.
The university is run on a collegiate system and is divided into four colleges: the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, the College of Education, the College of Health Sciences, and the College of Humanities.
7. University of Ilorin
The University of Ilorin (Unilorin) is located in the city of Ilorin, the state capital of Kwara State in Western Nigeria.
Originally a small university offering just a few subjects, Unilorin now has over 48,000 undergraduate and over 5,000 postgraduate students studying 90 academic programmes across 15 different faculties.
Subjects on offer include: agriculture, clinical sciences, medical sciences, law, education, engineering and technology, physical sciences, arts, pharmaceutical science, social sciences, veterinary medicine and management sciences.
8. University of Nigeria Nsukka
The University of Nigeria Nsukka sits at 8th among the top-ranking universities in West Africa.
Research activity is undertaken across the institution in the areas of African studies, education, developmental studies and herbal medicine and drugs research and development. There are also centres established to explore climate change, space science and energy research.
9. Obafemi Awolowo University
Obafemi Awolowo University is located in the ancient city of Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. Popularly known as OAU, the University was established in 1962 and is the 5th most ranking university in West Africa.
As part of the prestigious universities owned and financed by the Nigerian government, OAU makes provisions for candidates to enroll for post-graduate and undergraduate programmes. Meanwhile, these programmes are offered in various fields of study including medical sciences, the arts, engineering, social sciences, natural sciences, the humanities and so forth.
10. Lagos State University
Lagos State University is a public university and the second-best university in West Africa according to THE. The University was established in 1983 and is operating three major campuses, namely: Ojo, Ukeja and Epa.
LASU, as it is fondly called, has over 35,000 non-residential students enrolling for full time in courses at diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
The Ojo campus is the main campus and the location of the central administration. It houses the faculties of arts, education, law, management sciences, science and social sciences, school of transport, school of communication, centre for environment studies and sustainable development, centre for general Nigerian studies, centre for planning studies, information and communication technology centre, online and distance learning and research institute and centre for entrepreneurial studies.