The National Universities Commission (NUC) has ranked the University of Ibadan as the best in Nigeria in the year ended 2015 with the top five positions dominated by first generation universities viz: University of Lagos (second), University of Benin (third) Obafemi Awolowo University (fourth) and Ahmadu Bello University (fifth).
Unfortunately, NUC didn’t release its ranking parameters along with statements issued to the Nigerian media. This may reduce the weight and veracity of the varsity rankings to mere officialdom. Indeed as at Friday 08.05am, February 26 when HAMILTONSTYLE checked NUC’s official website @nuc.edu.ng the news of this latest ranking wasn’t published, which further raises a query on the veracity and timeliness of the rankings even though almost all major newspapers and newsblogs published the rankings on February 26, except for another blog which published a purported NUC ranking of Nigeria’s top 100 varsities in December 2015.
The NUC ranking indicated that the University of Ilorin is sixth, University of Jos (seventh), University of Port Harcourt (eighth), University of Maiduguri (ninth), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (10th), Lagos State University (11th) Federal University of Technology, Owerri (12th), Covenant University (13th) University of Nigeria (14th), Federal University of Technology (FUTA) (15th), Nnamdi Azikiwe University, (16th), Enugu State University of Science and Technology (17th) Pan African University (18th) Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (19th) and Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola (20th).
Reacting to the latest NUC ranking, the Vice Chancellor of UI, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka, stated that Nigeria’s oldest university was thinking more about ranking among the top five in Africa very soon. He said UI was positioned to achieve the feat owing to its highly developed postgraduate school with the largest number of master’s and doctoral students in sub-Saharan Africa.
“The real challenge is for us to be ranked among the top five in Africa in the next few years. This is do able given the pedigree of Ibadan over the last 68 years. As we speak, we have perhaps the most highly developed postgraduate school, with easily the largest number of master’s and doctoral students in sub-Saharan Africa.
“The UI School of Business has been approved by the NUC, and it is set to take off soon with her flagship MBA programme, which used to be run by our Department of Economics. The UI Research Foundation (UIRF) set up by the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Prof Isaac Folorunso Adewole, to reposition research activities in this institution, is perhaps the first of its type in Africa” Olayinka said.
The board of the UIRF is chaired by Hon. Uduimo Itsueli, a distinguished alumnus and Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer of Dubril Oil, who has committed nearly N100 million of his personal money towards the construction of a UIRF complex at the Ajibode Extension, which may be commissioned in March.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]