Top 10 Best Polytechnics in Nigeria Currently

If you want to study at some of the best polytechnics in Nigeria, we have compiled a comprehensive list of the top 10 of them according to the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE). The National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, is the regulatory education body which supervises and oversees educational programmes that are offered in technical institutions at secondary, polytechnic and monotechnic levels through an accreditation process. The board was established by Act No 9 of 11 July 1977 with the aim of “providing standardised minimum guide curricula for Technical and Vocational Education and Training” and it is their ranking of polytechnics that we shall abide by.

Top 10 Best Polytechnics in Nigeria

The top 10 polytechnics in Nigeria have been some of the most popular and the best in the country over the years and they comprise of federal and state polytechnics that have distinguished themselves in the manner they educate and prepare their students for life after the four walls of tertiary education. These polytechnics have set the pace while others follow and we shall look at them in details as we continue.

The top 10 best polytechnics in Nigeria presently, going by the NBTE, the only valid body that ranks polytechnics in the country as they are to polytechnics what the National Universities Commission, NUC, are to universities, according to their 2018 ranking which is still valid in 2020, are those who have stood out since the 2015/16 academic session till date and we have listed them below with their various score points.

LIST OF TOP 10 POLYTECHNICS IN NIGERIA PRESENTLY

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC NEKEDE (85.38 PERCENT)

The Federal Polytechnic Nekede, is ranked as the best polytechnic in Nigeria by the NBTE with a score of 85.38% and it is located in Owerri, the capital of Imo State. FEDPONEK as it is also called places a premium on the best possible education methods and places strong emphasis on practicals more than what is thought in theory.

The school was established on a temporary site at the premises of Government Technical College by the Government of Imo State in 1978 as College of Technology, Owerri before it was moved to its present location in Nekede. On April 7, 1993, the polytechnic was changed to a Federal Government tertiary institution of learning and was renamed The Federal Polytechnic, Nekede.

The polytechnic comprises of five schools which are:

  • School of Business and Management Technology
  • School of Industrial and Applied Sciences
  • School of Environmental Design Technology
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • School of Engineering Technology

Students are given the opportunities to decide if they want to do full time or part time programmes which are split into morning and evening lecture periods. The school continues to set the standards of polytechnic education high, little wonder every year, many prospective students about to write JAMB UTME put is as their first choice polytechnic without thinking twice.

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC ILARO (73.08 PERCENT)

The Federal Polytechnic Ilaro ranks second on this list of the top 10 best Polytechnics in Nigeria with the score percentage of 73.08% according to the NBTE. The school is located in Ogun State, and it was established by law on July 25, 1979 and opened her gates to the public on November 15, 1979. The Polytechnic has since gained a reputation for educating and training students with the highest standards possible. This tertiary education institution is made up of five schools or faculties namely:

  • Shool of Communication and  Information Technology
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Environmental Studies
  • School of Management Studies
  • School of Pure and Applied Sciences
  • School of Part-Time Studies

3. KADUNA POLYTECHNIC (72.31 PERCENT)

The Kaduna Polytechnic also known as KADPOLY is the third best polytechnic in Nigeria presently according to the NBTE, with a percentage score of 72.31% in the assessment of all polytechnics conducted by the NBTE. This massive Polytechnic provides opportunities for learning in the following programmes:

  • Administrative Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Business and Management Studies
  • Engineering
  • Environmental studies
  • Geodesy and Land Administration
  • Science and Technology

THE POLYTECHNIC IBADAN (67.69 PERCENT)

The Polytechnic, Ibadan a State polytechnic and it is the fourth best polytechnic in Nigeria currently according to NBTE with a percentage score of 67.69%. This school was established in 1970 as a successor to the former Technical College, Ibadan. The primary function of the Polytechnic is to provide for students training and development of techniques in applied science, engineering, environmental science and commerce. Faculties or Schools that make up The Polytechnic Ibadan include the following:

  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Financial and Management Studies
  • Business and Communication Studies.

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, BIDA (65.38 PERCENT)

The Federal Polytechnic, Bida, is located in Niger State and it is the fifth best polytechnic in Nigeria with a total percentage score of 65.38% according to ranking. The Federal Polytechnic Bida was established 1977 after the Federal Government of Nigeria decided to move the institution to Bida from Kano where it was known as The Federal College of Technology, Kano. There are currently seven faculties or schools which make up the polytechnic and these are:

  • School of Applied and Natural Resources
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Engineering Technology
  • School of General Studies
  • School of Environmental Studies
  • School of Financial Studies
  • School of Information and Communication Studies

AUCHI POLYTECHNIC (63.85 PERCENT)

Auchi Polytechnic is a Federal tertiary education institution and it is one of the most prestigious polytechnics in Nigeria. According to NBTE, this polytechnic ranks sixth in the country with a percentage score of 63.85%. It is one of the best tertiary institutions of higher learning in the country that emphasises on the importance of carrying out practicals after being thought theoretical work. The school is based in Auchi, Edo State, one of the Niger-Delta oil producing states in Nigeria, located in the South-South geopolitical zone in the country.

The Auchi Polytechnic was established in 1963 and it comprises of six schools which are:

  • School of Applied Science and Technology
  • School of Art and Industrial Design
  • School of Business Studies
  • School of Engineering Technology
  • School of Environmental Studies
  • School of Information and Communication Technology

INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY, ENUGU (62.31 PERCENT)

The Institute of Management Technology, also known as IMT, Enugu is a State polytechnic located in Enugu State. According to NBTE, the school ranks seventh best in Nigeria as far as polytechnics are concerned. IMT Enugu was established 1973 and it has grown in leaps and bounds ever since. The Faculties that make up this polytechnic include the following:

  • School of Business Studies
  • School of Communication Arts
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Financial Studies
  • School of General Studies
  • School of Environmental Studies
  • School of Distance Learning and Continuing Education

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, OFFA (60.77 PERCENT)

The Federal Polytechnic, Offa is located in Kwara State, and according to the NBTE, it is ranked as the eighth best polytechnic in Nigeria with a percentage score of 60.77%. The school was established in 1992 and it offers National Diploma and Higher National Diploma courses at undergraduate level.

RUFUS GIWA POLYTECHNIC, ONDO (60.77 PERCENT)

The Rufus Giwa Polytechnic is a State tertiary education institution located in Ondo State. While it occupies number nine position on this list, it is the joint eighth best polytechnic in Nigeria alongside the Federal Polytechnic, Offa and the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos with a percentage score of 60.77%. The school has the following faculties:

  • Applied Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Engineering Technology
  • Business Studies
  • Agricultural Technology
  • Social Management

YABA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY (60.77 PERCENT)

Popularly known as YABATECH, this polytechnic was established in 1947 and although it sits at number 10 on this list, it ranks joint eighth in the country alongside Federal Polytechnic Offa and Rufus Giwa Polytechnic with a percentage score of 60.77% according to the NBTE. YABATECH is one of the most highly sought after schools in the country and it currently has a student enrolment of over 16000.

The polytechnic currently offers courses in the following areas:

  • Art, Design and Printing
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Management and Business Studies
  • Sciences
  • Technology
  • Liberal Studies
  • Technical and Vocational Education

Other polytechnics not in the top 10 but are among the best 20 include the following:

  • Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State (60.00%)
  • Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Kogi State (59.23%)
  • Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Osun State (57.69%)
  • Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Kwara State (57.69%)
  • Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji, Ondo State (57.69%)
  • Lagos City Polytechnic, Ikeja, Lagos State (56.15%)
  • Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, Adamawa State (54.62%)
  • Kano State Polytechnic, Kano, Kano State (54.62%)
  • Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Lagos State (54.62%)
  • Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe, Delta State (53.85%).

The Author

Maduawuchi Obialo

Maduawuchi Obialo is the founder of Nigerian Guide and an Editor at Nigerian Infopedia. He is a professional Web Content Developer and a Biochemist.

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  1. Informative and enlightening!

  2. Soliu Jamiu Ishola

    Well written

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