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Top 10 Public Universities In The Southeast Ranked

by NwanyiAbia

The registration for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB examination is an annual event with its attendant tensions, anticipations, joys, and near misses. It is a big moment for hundreds of thousands of Nigerian youths seeking to make the climb into tertiary institutions, in pursuit of education, an important stage in the pursuit of happiness. For people interested in studying in the Southeast, we set out to compile a list of the top universities using UniRank and QS ranking.

We are doing this because we are aware that choosing a university of study is a dicey process. Aside from the short-term factors that you need to take into account, such as the reputation of the university, the quality of the course, and the location of the campus, proximity or otherwise to your state of origin. 

There are also long-term factors to consider. The name of your school can open doors for you. Where you study, the strong Alumni connection, the city the school is located in can end up having a significant impact on your career prospects. Therefore, it’s important to do your research. 

The course of study can be forced on candidates by the JAMB and other deciding bodies but the school of choice is totally the candidate’s decision. Doing this, we only looked at state and federal universities. For a list on private universities, check here.

10. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike


The Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, originally the Federal University of Agriculture, is a federal university in Umudike, Abia State. It is one of the few universities in Nigeria that served its purpose and expanded to accommodate innovation. It was built solely as an Agricultural university, but as times changed, the university evolved to include all other fields of study. However, arts and social courses are still not available in this institution. 

It is ranked 93 in the country and 9891 in the world by Unipage.

9 Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli

Recently renamed, it was formally called Anambra state university Uli but later named after Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu the supreme leader of Biafra. 

It offers a wide range of courses and has produced academicians of great repute. It is ranked 67 in the country by UniRank and 9786 in the world.

8. Abia State University, Uturu

Also located in Abia state, this university shares a boundary with Imo state. Facts on the table allege that the university’s location at Uturu Okigwe is in Imo state. Well, it is assumed that Abia state’s university is located in Imo state. 


The school whose medical and law faculties are renowned for producing quality doctors and lawyers is ranked 56 in the country and 9476 in the world.

7. Imo State University 

Imo state university is located in the luxurious city of Owerri with all its bubbles and highlife. It is a state-owned university whose academic strength is evident in its output. A number of its students are renowned in their chosen professions. 


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Established in 1981 it is ranked 54 in the country and 9400 in the world. 

6. Ebonyi State university


Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki was founded in 1999 in Abakaliki. It is a state-owned university that offers all courses. It has a reputation for producing scholars in the social sciences. It has 5 different campuses all located in Ebonyi state. It is ranked 45 in the country and 9007 in the world ranking. 

EBSU is a school worth applying to.

5. Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo

This university is the youngest on the list. Established in 2011 by former President Goodluck Jonathan. The university has become a beacon of hope in the city of Ikwo in Ebonyi state. Its choice of name was designed in honor of the first elected Vice President of Nigeria-Alex Ekwueme. It proposes to offer all courses, it is important to double-check with the university before applications.

It is ranked 40 in the country and 8609 in the world.


4. Enugu State University of Science and Technology

Founded as ASUTECH on July 30, 1980, and now ESUTH since 1991 has become the foremost university in Enugu town. It has a world ranking of 9022 and a country rank of 46. It is the 4th best university in the Southeast. It is rumored to favor cultism but that is in the past now, Enugu State University of Science and Technology is calm and serene, gearing up its academic records and attracting sound minds from all over the world. 

3. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka

Nnamdi Azikiwe University was founded in  1991 and named after elder statesman- Nnamdi Azikiwe the Zik of Africa. It is ranked 8170 in the world and 33 in the country. It is a citadel of learning located at the heart of Awka, Anambra state.


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Considering its rather young age, the university has made giant strides to get to where it is. 

2. Federal University of Technology, Owerri


This technology institution is ranked 24th by UniRank metrics for Nigeria. Founded in 1980 it was built solely for technology studies. It boasts of producing a large percentage of the technological giants in the country. It is ranked 7377 in the world by QS ranking.

Its focus is on Engineering studies, it does not have strength in other courses outside of engineering inclined courses. It is located in Owerri Imo state. 

1. University of Nigeria, Nsukka


Founded by Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe in 1955, the university set on a hill began its operation on 7th Oct 1960. The University of Nigeria is the first university in the country with one of the vastest alumni bases in the entire country.

It is ranked number 5 by Unirank and ranked 1001 in the world according to QS ranking but it is the favoured number 2 in the country by other sources. 

It remains a great citadel of learning and offers excellence in its courses of study.

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