This assessment by PositiveNaija aims to provide a reliable guide on the overall standard of Nigerian universities offering international relations, studies and diplomacy as academic courses and degrees.
This assessment aims to promote the culture of impactful scholarship and academic excellence in the Nigerian educational sector.
International relations (IR) or international affairs (IA) — commonly also referred to as international studies (IS), global studies (GS), or global affairs (GA) — is the study of politics, economics and law on a global level. International relations is concerned primarily with the relationships between political entities (polities) such as sovereign states, inter-governmental organizations (IGOs), international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and multinational corporations (MNCs), and the wider world-systems produced by this interaction.
International relations draws from the fields of politics, economics, international law, communication studies, history, demography, geography, sociology, anthropology, criminology and psychology.
The scope of international relations encompasses issues such as globalization, diplomatic relations, state sovereignty, international security, ecological sustainability, nuclear proliferation, nationalism, economic development, global finance, terrorism, and human rights.
“Unite we must. Without necessarily sacrificing our sovereignties, we can forge a political union based on defence, foreign affairs and diplomacy, and a common citizenship, an African currency, a monetary zone and a central bank. We must unite in order to achieve the full liberation of our continent.”
– Kwame Nkrumah
Best Nigerian Universities Offering International Relations, Studies And Diplomacy
This assessment on the quality of Nigerian universities offering international relations, studies and diplomacy as academic courses and degrees is hinged on certain parameters or factors.
- Factor 1: Accreditation
Indicator: Accreditation report by the National Universities Commission of Nigeria (NUC).
Source: NUC Undergraduate-Accreditation-Result-as-at-November-2021
This factor takes into consideration the qualifying elements for the course(s) of international relations, studies and diplomacy : library strength; physical and technological infrastructure; number and quality of relevant staff; etc.
Thus, in this assessment of recommended universities (undergraduate), only universities with full accreditation have been provided.
- Factor 2: Quality of Education
a) The Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
b) NUC Ranking Of Universities In Nigeria
This factor takes into consideration: Teaching (the learning environment); Research (volume, income and reputation); Citations (research influence); International outlook (staff, students and research); and Industry income (knowledge transfer), etc.
Thus, in this assessment of recommended universities, only the best universities in Nigeria according to the latest indicator/source rankings are featured (note: for NUC, universities with a total of 300 points and above).
The recommended Nigerian universities have also been listed in the order of their performance in the rankings.
- Factor 3: Job employability
Indicator: Most employable Nigerian universities
Source: The Nigerian Graduate Report 2018 by Stutern.
This factor will be recorded in percent as stated in the report of the source relied on.
- Factor 4: Accessible information relevant about the Faculty.
Indicator and source: Online – website of the respective university/faculty
This factor takes into consideration course information available on the following: curriculum; names and contact of the faculty (email and/or phone number); profile/CV and contact of staff and management; number of students; seminars, conferences, research; tuition and other relevant fees; internet safety of the website; etc.
This factor will be recorded as “Available”, “Good” and “Excellent” accordingly.
|2023 PositiveNaija Report|
|Universities||Job employability||Accessible information|
|Covenant University (CU)||83.70%||Good|
|Bayero University, Kano (BUK)||–||Good|
|University of Benin (UNIBEN)||58.51%||Good|
|University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)||60.22%||Available|
|University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN/ UNEC)||68.18%||Good|
|Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)||59.30%||Good|
|Lagos State University (LASU)||58.49%||Good|
|Afe Babalola University (ABUAD)||–||Good|
|Edo State University, Iyamho||–||Good|
*This compilation was first researched, written, poster designed and last updated by Toju Micheal Ogbe – without interference or sponsorship by the featured universities.
*This research is open for/to suggestion, donation, sponsorship, collaboration, partnership or advertisement (+2349064503292).
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