University or Polytechnic in Nigeria: Differences, Similarities and the Best Alternatives

This is one of the most common questions posed by Nigerian students. I’ve seen a platform where a similar question was posed and various people with differing viewpoints responded.

Those who believe they know the correct answer will conclude that University or Polytechnic education is superior.

If you’re looking for an answer to the question “University or Polytechnic in Nigeria, Which is Better?” I recommend you keep reading because in this blog post, I’ll let you decide for yourself by explaining the differences between the two. This is where I’ll express my personal viewpoint.

Okay, I believe you’re still reading “University or Polytechnic in Nigeria: Which is Better?” Relax and grab some popcorn because your desperate question will be answered soon.

Keep in mind that everything here is just my opinion. Let’s start with the basics;

At university, you will only earn one degree (BSC), which typically takes 4 years to complete and 5-6 years in some courses.


At Polytechnic, you will receive two awards (ND & HND). The National Diploma (ND) is the first stage, which typically takes two years to complete through JAMB or daily part time, and a three-year program through regular part time.


The Higher National Diploma is the second stage of Polytechnic education (HND). This is equivalent to a BSc. After ND, it is followed by a one-year Industrial Training program (IT).
Now, let me explain why we’re all here. We should begin with University Education to see if you believe it is the best;



A university education allows you to study any course you want. At university, you can study science, art, law, business, medicine and surgery, social science, and a variety of other subjects.


University graduates are valued more than polytechnic graduates, i.e. BSc holders are valued more than HND holders.


Except for some courses that require practical experience, the majority of university education is theoretical.


Higher JAMB scores are required for university admission. Some universities require a JAMB score of 180 or higher, while others require a JAMB score of 200 or higher.


Based on my personal experiences, the following are some factors to consider when determining whether a university education is superior.



It is, in my opinion, past time to look into the polytechnic education system. Let’s see if you agree that polytechnics are the best option.



Polytechnics are primarily used for engineering courses such as electrical and electronics engineering, mechanical engineering, and other engineering-related courses. This is because they are usually well equipped for those courses.


Polytechnic Education students are exposed to more practicals than theory. This implies that their lessons are of a practical nature.
With only your HND from the polytechnic education system, you cannot pursue a master’s degree. You must first complete a one-year “postgraduate diploma” program before you can pursue a master’s degree.


Students with low JAMB scores are admitted to polytechnics. They accept JAMB scores ranging from 180 to 120.
You can begin working and earning money in the polytechnic education system with just your National Diploma (ND) before progressing to your Higher National Diploma (HND) (HND). This is not possible in university, where you must finish your course before you can apply for jobs.


Isn’t it difficult to make a decision here? Yes, you are correct, but the most important aspect is to be “educated,” regardless of which institution you wish to process or attend. “Your determination will determine your success.”

If you decide to attend a polytechnic, you can strive to be the best overall student. Isn’t it funny? Yes!! You can be the best of all if you work hard enough.

Remember that everything said earlier in this blog post is my personal opinion; please leave yours in the comment box below.

List of Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria

Nigerian Universities
• University of Abuja
• University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
• University of Ado-Ekiti
• University of Benin
• University of Calabar
• University of Education, Ikere-Ekiti
• University of Ibadan
• University of Ilorin
• University of Jos
• University of Lagos
• University of Maiduguri
• University of Mkar, Mkar
• University of Nigeria
• University of port-harcourt
• University of Technology, Akwa-Ibom
• University Of Uyo
• Abia State University, Uturu
• ABTI-American University of Nigeria
• Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University
• Adamawa State University, Mubi
• Adekunle Ajasin University
• Ahmadu Bello University
• Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo
• Ambrose Alli University
• BStudents and exam malpracticesock University
• Bayero University, Kano
• Bells University
• Benson Idahosa University
• Bowen University, Iwo
• Cetep City University, Lagos
• Covenant University
• Crawford University,Oye Ekiti
• Cross River University of Technology
• Delta State University, Abraka
• Ebonyi State University
• Enugu State University of Science & Technology
• Federal University of Technology, Akure
• Federal University of Technology, Minna
• Federal University of Technology, Owerri
• Federal University Of Technology, Yola
• Gombe state University,
Tudun, Wada
• Igbinedion University, Okada
• Imo State University
• Joseph Ayo Babalola University
• Katsina State University
• Kogi State University, Anyigba
• Ladoke Akintola University of Tech.
• Lagos State University
• Lead City University
• Michael Okpara University
• Nasarrawa State University
• National Open University
• Niger Delta University
• Nigerian Defence Academy
• Nnamdi Azikiwe University of Agriculture, Umudike
• Obafemi Awolowo University, ile-ife
• Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye
• Osun State University
• pan African University, Lekki
• plateau State University
• Redeemer’s University
• Renaissance University, Enugu
• Rivers State University of Science and Technology
• Salem University, Lokoja
• St. paul’s University College, Awka
• Theological College of Northern Nigeria,Bukuru
• Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode
• Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto
• Wesley University, Ondo
• Anambra State University, Anambra

Nigerian polytechnics
• Abia State polytechnic
• Adamawa State polytechnic, Yola
• Akanu Ibiam Federal polytechnic, Unwana
• Allover central polytechnic, Sango-Ota Ogun State
• Akwa Ibom State polytechnic
• Auchi polytechnic, Auchi
• Dorben polytechnic (formerly Abuja School of Accountancy and Computer Studies)
• Delta state polytechnic, Ozoro
• Federal polytechnic, Ado – Ekiti
• Federal polytechnic Offa
• Federal polytechnic Bida
• Federal polytechnic, Bauchi
• Federal polytechnic, Idah
• Federal polytechnic, Ilaro
• Federal polytechnic, Damaturu
• Federal polytechnic, Nassarawa
• Federal polytechnic, Mubi
• Federal polytechnic, Nekede
• Federal polytechnic, Oko
• Federal polytechnic, Ede
• Federal polytechnic, Birnin-Kebbi
• Federal coll. of Animal health & production Tech., Ibadan
• Gateway polytechnic Saapade
• Hussaini Adamu Federal polytechnic, kazaure
• Institute of Management Technology, Enugu
• Kaduna polytechnic
• Kano State polytechnic, Kano
• Kwara State polytechnic
• Lagos City polytechnic
• Lagos City Computer College
• Lagos State polytechnic
• Niger State polytechnic, Zungeru
• Nigerian Coll. of Aviation Tech., Zaira
• Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron
• Moshood Abiola polytechnic, Abeokuta
• Nuhu Bamalli polytechnic, Zaria, Kaduna State
• Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke
• Osun State polytechnic, Iree
• Ramat polytechnic, Maiduguri
• River State polytechnic, Bori
• Rufus Giwa polytechnic, Owo
• Shaka polytechnic
• The polytechnic, Ibadan
• Yaba College of Tech.

Colleges of Education

• Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education
• Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo
• College of Education, Agbor
• College of Education, Afaha-Nsit
• College of Education, Akwanga
• College of Education, Ekiadolor
• College of Education, Ikere Ekiti
• College of Education, Katsina Ala
• College of Education, Zuba
• College of Education, Oro, Kwara State
• College of Education, Azare
• College of Education, Warri
• College of Education, Agbor
• College of Education, Akwanga
• College of Education, Gindiri
• College of Education, Katsina-Ala
• FCT College of Education, Zuba
• Federal College of Education, Zaira
• Federal College of Education, Okene
• Federal College of Education, Akoka
• Federal College of Education, Omoku
• Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo
• Federal College of Education, Zaria
• Federal College of Education (Technical) Gombe
• Federal College of Education, Obudu
• Federal College of Education, pankshin
• Federal College of Education, (Technical) Bich
• Federal College of Education (Technical) Gusau
• Federal College of Education, Yola
• Kano State College of Education, Kano
• Kwara State College of Education
• National Teachers Institute, kaduna
• Nwafor Orizu College of Education
• Osun State College of Education, Ilesa
• Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun
• Oyo State College Of Education, Oyo
• Rivers State College of Education