Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka (Unizik) a third generation university established in 1991 has been ranked as the best university among the second, third, fourth and fifth generation universities in Nigeria in the latest ranking of African universities and higher institutions. The ranking was conducted by Journals Consortium on 1,447 higher institutions. The university was also ranked above second generation universities like University of Calabar and older universities like the Federal University of Technology Minna.
The Journals Consortium utilised research publications and citations from the last five years (2010 to 2014) as well as visibility on the Internet during the ranking process.
The results of the ranking which is available on the web http:/ranking.journalsconsortium.org/ indicated that South African institutions dominate the top 10 with University of Cape Town topping the rank with a Total Influence Factor (TIF) of 45.02, followed by Cairo University (43.43) and the University of Pretoria (43.35).
In Africa, University of Ibadan (UI) was the eight best university, in a ranking largely dominated by South African institutions which occupied six of the first best 10 institutions.
The top 10 include six institutions from South Africa, two from Egypt and one each from Kenya and Nigeria (University of Ibadan).
Nigeria’s first generation universities were in top positions in the latest ranking with University of Ibadan coming eighth and first in Nigeria followed by University of Nigeria Nsukka (2nd in Nigeria and 13th in Africa).
According to the ranking, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria came 3rd in Nigeria and 18th in Africa, University of Lagos (4th in Nigeria and 20th in Africa), Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife (5th in Nigeria and 24th in Africa), University of Ilorin (6th in Nigeria and 31st in Africa), University of Port Harcourt (7th in Nigeria and 30th in Africa).
The ranking further showed that Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka came 8th in Nigeria and 42nd in Africa, University of Calabar (9th in Nigeria and 43rd in Africa), Federal University of Technology Minna (10th in Nigeria and 49th in Africa) while the only private university in the top list is Covenant University Ogun State which is placed 53rd in Africa.
The results of the ranking showed that despite very high fees charged by Nigeria’s private universities, they still perform below average.
Statistics released recently by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) after the 2015 Unified Tertiary Institution Matriculation Examination (UTME) showed that the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka was the third most subscribed university in the country with a total of over 70,609 candidates seeking to enter the University in the 2015/2016 academic session. The University of Ilorin, came first in this respect with about 107,488 admission seekers. While the University of Benin, Benin, came second with about 71,496 admission seekers and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka came fourth with about 66,788 admission seekers. The University of Lagos came fifth with about 62,472 admission seekers.
Meanwhile, the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Unizik) 2015/2016 Post-UTME Form is not yet on sale. Candidates are further advised to be weary of scammers who would ask them to pay this or that amount of money to a bank account for forms. For the avoidance of doubt, any account that does not bear Nnamdi Azikiwe University is fake and should be disregarded.
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