The pre-eminent position of the University of Ibadan among its peers in Nigeria has again been reaffirmed, as it has been ranked as the best university in the country, and eight in Africa.
The University of Ibadan which was establishment in 1948, has emerged the best in Nigeria.
Its enviable position arose from the latest ranking of African universities and higher institutions conducted by Journals Consortium on 1,447 higher institutions.
The Journals Consortium utilised research publications and citations from the last five years (2010 to 2014) as well as visibility on the internet.
In Africa, UI was the eight best university, in a ranking largely dominated by South African institutions which occupied six of the first best 10 institutions.
The results of the ranking which is available on the web http:/ranking.journalsconsortium.org/ indicated that South African institutions dominate the top 10 with University of Cape Town topping the rank with a Total Influence Factor (TIF) of 45.02, followed by Cairo University (43.43) and the University of Pretoria (43.35).
The top 10 include six institutions from South Africa, two from Egypt and one each from Kenya and Nigeria (University of Ibadan).
First generation universities were in top positions in the latest ranking with University of Ibadan coming eighth and first in Nigeria followed by University of Nigeria (13th), Ahmadu Bello University (18th), University of Lagos (UNILAG-20th), Obafemi Awolowo University (24th), University of Ilorin (31st), University of Port Harcourt (36th), Nnamdi Azikiwe University (42nd), University of Calabar (43rd), Federal University of Technology (FUTA, 49the) while the only private university in the top list is Covenant University which is placed 53rd in the ranking.
Reacting to the ranking, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Isaac Folorunsho Adewole, stated that the vision of the university is to be a world-class institution for academic excellence geared towards meeting societal needs.
The vice-chancellor added that University of Ibadan would not rest on its oars until it ranks at par with renowned universities and higher institutions globally, saying his administration was poised to expanding the frontiers of knowledge through provision of excellent conditions of learning and research.
Adewole also called for special funding status for the university from the federal government for its vision and mission to be fully realised towards transformation of the Nigerian society through creativity and innovation.
Adewole congratulated all members of the University community on the new feat, urging all academic and non-academic staff to continue to put in their best in the service of the University. “The latest ranking is one of the best so far by any university in Nigeria”, the Vice-Chancellor said, adding that “we should strive to become the world-best institution by the next ranking.”
Statistics released recently by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) after the 2015 Unified Tertiary Institution Matriculations Examination (UTME) showed that the University of Ibadan was the seven most subscribed university in the country with a total of over 47,497 candidates seeking to enter the University in the 2015/2016 academic session. The University of Ilorin, came first in this respect with about 107,488 admission seekers.
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