Covenant University retained its status as the best private institution in Nigeria and one of the topmost generally, as the Times Higher Education (THE) released the 2022 World University Rankings on Thursday, September 2, 2021.
Hitherto ranked 801-1000, Covenant soared to 601-800 in the rankings.
The metrics for the rankings indicated an improvement in the University’s comparative performance in the five metrics for the current orders, which included Teaching, Research, Citation, and International Outlook.
In teaching, Covenant improved in the 2022 rankings by 19%, showing a 3.83 percentage change. Equally, there was an 11.41% improvement in her research ratings. Similarly, Covenant had an 11.18% improvement in her citation ratings, and the University recorded a 7.5% upgrade in international outlook in the 2022 rankings compared to the 2021 rankings.
The list of Nigerian institutions in the 2022 rankings featured six other Nigerian institutions. The University of Ibadan led the pack, having been ranked 401-500 and the University of Lagos 501-600. Lagos State University, (LASU), University of Ilorin, and Obafemi Awolowo University all ranked 1201+.
Reportedly, the World University Rankings 2022 included a total of 1,662 Universities compared to 1,527 in 2021. Covenant progressed from the fourth position in the 2021 rankings with her third-place ranking among Nigerian institutions in 2022.
The University of Oxford tops the ranking for the sixth consecutive year, while mainland China had two institutions in the top 20 for the first time. These were Peking University and Tsinghua University that shared 16th place.
The United States was the most-represented country overall, with 183 institutions and the most represented in the top 200 (57).