The National Universities Commission (NUC) has disowned some
lists posted online claiming to rank the best 100 universities in
In a statement made available to The Nation, the management of the
agency noted that it has come up with only one ranking – in 2002 – both
based on performance of universities in accreditation exercises.
The statement reads: "The attention of the National Universities
Commission (NUC) has been drawn to some purported lists, making the
rounds on the internet, of the ‘Top 100′ and ‘Top 50′ universities in
Nigeria, which were alleged to be the outcome of a non-existing ‘annual
university rankings’ by the National University Commission (sic).
"It has to be stated, unequivocally, that the lists did not emanate
from the NUC. The Commission therefore totally dissociates itself from
"The first ranking of Nigerian universities by the NUC in 2002 was
based on the performance of the universities’ academic programmes in the
1999 and 2000 accreditation exercises.
"The 2002 ranking was based on data on the following: Percentage of
academic programmes of the university with full accreditation status;
Compliance with carrying capacity (measure of the degree of deviation
from carrying capacity); Proportion of the academic staff of the
university at professorial level; Foreign content (staff); Foreign
content (student); Staff with outstanding academic achievements;
Research output; Student completion rate; Ph.D graduate output for the
year; Stability of university calendar; and Student-to-PC ratio. The
results of the above were duly published by the Commission and the same
will be done for future exercises.”
However, the agency noted that it is currently conducting
institutional accreditation on the basis of which a form of ranking
would emerge at a proper time.
It said: "In May, 2006, NUC considered introducing institutional
accreditation to complement programme accreditation. Institutional
accreditation is a process of evaluating the activities of an
institution against the criteria established by an accrediting agency.
These include governance and administration, financial stability,
admissions, personnel services, institutional resources, student
academic achievement, institutional effectiveness, and relationships
with constituencies inside and outside the institution.
"Following wide consultations, the instruments for this exercise were
designed and pilot-tested in six universities (Three federal, one state
and two private) in 2010. The instruments were fine-tuned, based on the
findings of the pilot exercise and NUC was ready for the full-blown
institutional accreditation, which took off on 27 November, 2011. A
total of 26 universities, selected, based on the fact that at least 70
per cent of all their programmeshad full accreditation, were involved in
"The above is the build-up to the next ranking exercise by the NUC, which outcome will be made public, appropriately.”