Nigerian Universities Absent From Top 1000 In 2025 Global Rankings

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Nigeria has not made it into the top 1000 universities in the 2025 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, despite the government’s claims of prioritising education. The QS rankings feature over 1,500 universities from 105 countries.

 

The University of Ibadan and the University of Lagos are Nigeria’s highest-ranked institutions, but both fall within the 1100-1200 range.

 

South African universities lead the African continent in the rankings. The University of Cape Town is ranked 171, making it the highest-ranked African institution. It is followed by the University of the Witwatersrand at 267 and Stellenbosch University at 296.

 

Other African universities in the top 1000 include the University of Johannesburg at 312, Cairo University at 350, the University of Pretoria at 354, and the American University in Cairo at 410.

 

Further down the list, the University of Kwazulu-Natal is ranked 587, Ain Shams University is at 592, and Addis Ababa University is in the 771–780 range.

 

The United States leads the global rankings with 197 universities featured. The United Kingdom follows with 90 institutions, and mainland China has 71.

 

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) holds the top spot for the 13th year in a row. Imperial College London has risen to second place, while the University of Oxford and Harvard University are ranked third and fourth, respectively.

 

Other top global universities include Stanford University, ETH Zurich in Switzerland, the National University of Singapore (NUS), University College London (UCL), and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

 

In previous years, Nigerian universities like the University of Ibadan, University of Nigeria, University of Lagos, and Ahmadu Bello University were recognised in global rankings by the Centre for World University Rankings. Covenant University was also noted as the best in Nigeria by Times Higher Education in 2024.

 

Quacquarelli Symonds is a well-regarded higher education analytics firm that annually ranks universities based on academic excellence, reputation, and global diversity.

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