Learnallpro highlight top 10 best universities in West Africa. The Universities mentioned have made a remarkable landmark in the world of education.
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WEST AFRICA’S TOP TEN UNIVERSITIES
1. GHANA UNIVERSITY IN ACCRA
The University of Ghana is Ghana’s first and largest university.
The University College of the Gold Coast was established on August 11, 1948, with the goal of providing and promoting university education, learning, and research.
The vision is to “develop into a world-class research-intensive university.” The University set out to foster an environment that would allow them to become more relevant to national and global development. The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIR), Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Institute for Environmental and Sanitation, and many other research organizations and learning centers have been established by the University of Ghana. To improve their output, the University engages in international collaborations. It also focuses on important areas such as malaria research, improving food production and processing, development policy, and poverty monitoring and evaluation, among others.
Nothing beats a learning institution that sets global standards, with over 38,000 students and an alumnus list that includes Presidents of the country.
2. CONVENANT UNIVERSITY
Covenant University is a rapidly growing private university in Nigeria. It was founded in 2002 and is a member of the Commonwealth of Universities. It was the highest ranked Nigerian university in the Times Higher Education world university rankings (THE). Covenant University was also recently named an Africa Centre of Excellence for Development Impact (ACE Impact).
Covenant University is divided into four colleges, the majority of which are devoted 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. Research is regarded as one of the Institution’s twin missions, particularly in fields such as Engineering and Computer Sciences.
3. THE UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN,
NIGERIA U.I., as it is affectionately known, was founded in 1948. It was a London college until 1962, when it became an independent university. The university accepts students into sixteen faculties, including technology, renewable natural resources, environmental research, and management. Other academic units affiliated with include the Institute of Child Health, the Institute of Education, the Institute of African Studies, the Centre for Child Adolescent, Mental Health, the Centre for Petroleum, Energy, Economics, and Law (CPEEL), and the Centre for Sustainable Development (CESDEV). The University of Ibadan is also planning to open a business school in the near future. This institution will use global methods to meet the needs of the African continent. The University aspires to be a world-class academic institution focused on meeting societal needs. It has aided Africa’s political, industrial, and economic development.
4. OUAGADOUGOU UNIVERSITY (UNIVERSITY OF OUAGADOUGOU)
The Universite d’Ougadougou is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the large city of Ouagadougou. It is divided into seven Training and Research Units (UFR) and one institute. UFR Languages, Arts, and Communications; UFR Human Sciences; UFR Legal and Political Sciences, and so on. It is regarded as one of the best universities in Burkina Faso, with a student body ranging from 30,000 to 34,999. The University employs a modular education system based on academic credits that combines basic and professional training.
5. KWAME NKRUMAH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY (KNUST)
KNUST is a Ghanaian university in Ashanti. It is the country’s second public university, as well as the largest university in the Ashanti Region. It was founded in 1952 as the Kumasi College of Technology, but was later transformed into what it is today in 1961. The University is widely regarded as Africa’s premier center of excellence for science and technology education. It has produced high-calibre graduates with knowledge and expertise who have contributed to Ghana’s and Africa’s industrial and socioeconomic development. The university also collaborates with international institutions and conducts research in the physical environment.
OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife was founded in 1962 by Chief Obafemi Awolowo. The institution’s student population has steadily increased from 244 in 1962/1963 to over 30,000 today. OAU, as it is affectionately known, is regarded as one of Nigeria’s best and most competitive universities. The University’s goal is to produce graduates of international caliber in their respective fields. It also provides high-quality research and development activities that will help the country grow. Throughout its history, OAU has maintained a strong commitment to high-level scientific research and education in areas such as the Atmospheric Research and Information Analysis Lab (ARIAL), the Centre for Energy Research and Development (CERD), the Center for Gender Studies (CGS), and others. It also admits students to various fields such as medical sciences, humanities, social sciences, and so on.
UNIVERSITY OF CHEIKH ANTA DIOP
In Senegal, it is also known as the University of Dakar. It has over 60,000 students enrolled. In 1918, the French established a medical school to serve only whites and a few educated elites, but in 1957, a new campus was established and combined with the Universities of Bordeaux and Paris to form the University of Dakar. Humanities, Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Finance, Accounting, and Law are all available at the University of Dakar. It also supervises a language school that specializes in French language studies for foreign students in preparation for regular French courses. It is still the most populous and prestigious university in French West Africa.
8. LAGOS UNIVERSITY
Along with the OAU and the University of Ibadan, the University of Lagos, also known as UNILAG, is a Federally owned research institute. Established out of a need to enhance rapid industrialization and development in Nigeria, the University was established in 1960 in Western Nigeria. With a student population of 57,000 as of 2013, it is frequently referred to as “the University of First Choice and the Nation’s Pride.” It educates students in fields such as Economics, Commerce, Business Administration, and Higher Management Studies, among others. The National Universities Commission (NUC) ranked the University of Lagos as the best university in Nigeria at the Nigerian University System Annual Merit Award (NUSAMA) in 2008.
NSUKKA UNIVERSITY, NIGERIA
Come with me to Nigeria’s first full-fledged indigenous and autonomous university, with 15 Faculties and 102 academic departments modeled after the American educational system. Despite its age, the University still holds key positions in research, with the Space Research Center established in 1962. The Roar Nigeria Hub at the University is a full-fledged ICT Hub in West Africa.
AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY
Zaria, Nigeria is home to Ahmadu Bello University. It has five institutes and six specialized centers, a Division of Agricultural Colleges, and extension and consultancy services that benefit society as a whole.
ABU, as it is affectionately known, was notable at its inception for the breadth of its ambition. ABU developed a range of programs that only the most comprehensive state universities in the United States could match. Beyond the traditional fields of arts, languages, social sciences, and sciences, the university includes engineering, medicine with the ABU teaching hospital, pharmacy, architecture, and a wide range of agricultural departments, including veterinary medicine. As it approaches its 50th anniversary, ABU maintains its position as the largest and most comprehensive university in Sub-Saharan Africa.