Ferdinand | EducationGhana |June 5|Top 8 Universities in Nigeria Promoting Gender Equality In 2023
Gender equality is one of the key challenges facing society today. Across the world, it manifests in many forms, including pay, employment opportunities and access to education.
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) look to tackle some of today’s biggest global issues, and SDG 5 addresses the issue of gender equality.
As part of the Impact Rankings, Times Higher Education has produced a ranking focusing on how universities are contributing to gender equality. Some of the measures looked at are research on gender, policies on gender equality, commitment to recruiting and promoting women, the proportion of first-generation female students and student access measures. You can read more about the methodology here.
Top 8 Universities in Nigeria Promoting Gender Equality In 2023
1. Babcock University
Babcock University has a history that dates back to 1959 when the Adventist College of West Africa was established. In 1999 it was granted full university status and became Babcock University.
The university is named in honour of American missionary, David C. Babcock. Babcock was known for his contribution to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nigeria in 1914.
There are six faculties within the university: computing and engineering sciences, education and humanities, law and security studies, management sciences, public and allied health, and science and technology. Each faculty is divided into different departments, which offer a range of undergraduate degree programmes.
The university is home to two schools, the School of nursing sciences and the Veronica Adeleke School of social sciences. There is also the Benjamin Carson College of Medicine which provides medical education to students.
The College of Postgraduate Studies offers three types of programmes for students seeking to further develop their education: postgraduate diploma, master’s and doctorate degree.
The university is located in Ikenne, a region in Ogun State, southwestern Nigeria.
2. Covenant University
Covenant University is a private Pentecostal Christian University, which has been operating with official status since 2002 in Ota, Nigeria.
Covenant University is one of the leading universities in Africa founded on Christian Mission Ethos. Born and driven by a vision to raise a new generation of leaders and to reinstate the dignity of the black race, the University is committed to remaining at the cutting edge of learning that is based on enlightening the Total Man.
The university has four colleges, mostly dedicated towards 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.
Covenant University has had a rapid rise in reputation in the decade and a half it has been operating. The Nigerian Universities Commission named it the best private university in Nigeria in its 2018 rankings and the 6th best university overall.
3. Lagos State University
Established in 1983, Lagos State University is a public university in Nigeria, operating three major campuses, namely: Ojo, Ukeja and Epa.
As the only state university in Lagos State, the non-residential university has over 35,000 students enrolled full time in courses at diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
The Ojo campus is the main campus and the location of the central administration. It houses the faculties of arts, education, law, management sciences, science and social sciences, school of transport, school of communication, centre for environment studies and sustainable development, centre for general Nigerian studies, centre for planning studies, information and communication technology centre, online and distance learning and research institute and centre for entrepreneurial studies.
The Lagos State University Epe campus, a fully residential campus on a former military barrack, is even larger than the main campus. It is home to the faculty of engineering, the school of agriculture and the institute for organic agriculture and green economy. The faculty of engineering includes four departments, namely mechanical engineering, electronic and computer engineering, chemical and polymer engineering, and aeronautic engineering.
The administrative structure of the university has been built on a network including the registry, academic planning unit, general administration, academic and students affairs, senior staff establishment and welfare, junior staff establishment and training.
The Latin motto, Per la verità e di servizio, translates to “For Truth and Service”.
Notable alumni include former deputy governor of Lagos State Oluranti Adebule, singer and songwriter Brymo, actress Chioma Chukwuka and Tajudeen Obasa, member of the National Assembly.
4. Obafemi Awolowo University
Obafemi Awolowo University is a federal government-owned and operated Nigerian university. It was established in 1962 as the University of Ife. In 1987 it was renamed Obafemi Awolowo University in honour of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, one of the university’s founding fathers and eminent lawyer, nationalist, and politician.
The university is organised into 13 faculties, which offer a range of undergraduate courses. There is also the postgraduate college and the College of Health Sciences. The university has a number of institutes including the Institute of Cultural Studies, the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, and the Institute of Public Health.
Committed to the highest level of scientific research, the university has established several research centres, which are fully equipped with the latest technology. These include the Atmospheric Research and Information Analysis Lab and the Drug Research and Production Unit. The university also has its own teaching hospitals, which are used to carry out medical research by students and staff.
The Student Affairs Division is responsible for enriching the student experience and campus life. The division fosters student growth while offering support and information about programmes that will prepare students for a successful future in a diverse and constantly evolving society.
The university is located in Ife-Ife, an ancient Yoruba city in Osun State, southwestern Nigeria. Ife-Ife is considered a holy city and is thought to be the legendary birthplace of humankind by the Yoruba people. It is thought that the city is named after the god of divination, Ifa. Today Ife-Ife is known around the world for its ancient and naturalistic bronze, stone, and terracotta sculptures, which date back to the 13th century.
5. University of Ibadan
Founded in 1932, the University of Ibadan (UI) was the first university to be established in Nigeria. Originally an affiliated College of the University of London, it was granted full independent status in 1962.
What began life as a small institution with just three departments in Science, Medicine and the Arts, quickly expanded to become one of the country’s most prestigious higher education institutions. Today UI comprises thirteen faculties, including Social Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry, Education, Veterinary Medicine, Technology, Law, Public Health and Dentistry.
UI’s Postgraduate School is the largest in Africa, with its undergraduate and postgraduate student population split 50/50. Around a third of all students live in university provided halls of residence – modern facilities that come equipped with gyms, cafes and common rooms.
The university’s ethos is founded on making education available to all, with a well established Distance Learning Centre where the same courses undertaken by full-time students are open to those whose access to education is restricted by finances or family obligations.
UI also runs a number of public facilities, including a media resource centre that offers educational workshops, reading services and consultancies for schools and children’s libraries.
The university also lays claim to its own zoological and botanical gardens, which house endangered animals and plants, and run conservation programmes dedicated to supporting environmental needs.
Its future infrastructure development plans include a new business school and an Institute for Infectious Diseases.
Among the university’s alumni are many notable individuals who have contributed significantly to the political, industrial, economic and cultural development of Nigeria, including the writer Wole Soyinka, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, and Chinua Achebe whose novel Things Fall Apart is the most widely read book in contemporary African literature.
Ibadan itself is a major commercial city in southwest Nigeria, located inland about 70 miles from Lagos.
6. University of Lagos
The University of Lagos, sometimes referred to as UNILAG is a public research institution located in Lagos, Nigeria. It was established in 1962.
The university is made up of three campuses – two campuses are located at Yaba and the College of medicine is located at Idi-Araba, Surulere.
There are 12 faculties at the university including arts, clinical sciences, education, engineering, law, pharmacy, social sciences and sciences among others. There are also 12 institutes and colleges including the College of Medicine, the Institute of Maritime Studies, the UNILAG Business School and the International School.
There are a range of research institutions covering a diverse area of research topics including the Centre for Housing Studies.
7. Landmark University
Landmark University was established in 2011 by the Living Faith Church Worldwide. It is a private Christian university.
The university is located in Kwara State, western Nigeria.
The university consists of four colleges: the College of agricultural sciences, the college of Engineering, college of Pure and applied science and the College of business and social sciences. Each college is divided into different departments offering a range of both undergraduate and graduate degree programmes.
There are various clubs and societies on offer including athletics, football, volleyball, tennis, and basketball.
The university has developed partnerships with leading agricultural institutions across the country including the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and the National Space Research and Development Agency.
There are seven core values at the heart of the university: spirituality, possibility mentality, capacity building, integrity, responsibility, diligence, and sacrifice.
8. Edo State University Uzairue
Founded in 2016, Edo University Iyamho (EUI) is located in Iyamho, a town in Edo State, Nigeria.
EUI has six faculties which include: medical sciences, arts, management and social sciences, engineering, law and science. Within these faculties, students can study at undergraduate, postgraduate and research levels.
The university aims to ensure that students get opportunities to expand their skill set and graduate ready for the professional job market.
As a new and growing campus, EUI is one of Nigeria’s most modern campuses. The university has state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and dormitory facilities. There’s also university housing and plenty of sports activities for students to get involved in.
There’s also a library which houses an array of academic materials, books, journals, and e-learning amenities.
Students are also actively encouraged to get involved in associations and social clubs.
Aiming to promote equal opportunities, there is a range of scholarships on offer providing low-income students with the opportunity to have an education at EUI. The Undergraduate Full Scholarship Award is awarded to five students and it covers the duration of any programme of the candidates’ choice.
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