On 9th of March 2021, Lagos State University (LASU) and the University of Lagos (UNILAG) were ranked 155 and 172 respectively out of 606 universities from 48 countries and region in the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings. This is a notable elevation for UNILAG falling within the ranking range of 201–250 last year.
The implication is that Lagos State University ranks first in Nigeria as the emerging economy university followed by University of Lagos.
The Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings 2021 includes only institutions in countries classified by the London Stock Exchange’s FTSE Group as “advanced emerging”, “secondary emerging” or “frontier”.
The rankings use the same 13 performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings to judge institutions on their teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. However, they have different weightings to reflect the development priorities of universities in emerging economies.
Overall, there are 606 universities in the ranking this year, up from 533 in 2020, and 48 territories are represented, one more than last year.
Countries Eligible for the THE Emerging Economies University Rankings 2021
Advanced emerging: Brazil, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey
Secondary emerging: Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
Frontier: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Botswana, Bulgaria, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Ghana, Iceland, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tunisia, Vietnam
Some of the metrics used to rank and score include Citations, Industry income, international outlook, research, training, number of students, number of students per staff, international students, female:male ratio, etc.