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UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN RANKED 8TH IN AFRICA, BEST IN NIGERIA



The University of Ibadan emerged first in Nigeria and 8th in Africa in the latest 2015 ranking of African universities and higher institutions.

The latest ranking which was conducted by Journals Consortium on 1,447 African universities and higher Institutions utilized research publications and citations from the last five years (2010 to 2014) as well as visibility on the internet.

The results of the ranking which is available on the web (http://ranking.journalsconsortium.org/) indicated that South African institutions dominate the top ten with University of Cape Town topping the rank at Total Influence factor (TIF) of 45.02, followed by Cairo University (43.43) and the University of Pretoria (43.35).

The top ten universities 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 8th 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-49th) while the only private university in the list is Covenant University which is placed 53rd in the ranking.

Reacting, Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole, said the vision of the university was to be a world-class institution for academic excellence geared towards meeting societal needs.

The vice chancellor said the University of Ibadan would not rest on its oars until it is at par with renowned universities and higher institutions globally, adding that his administration was poised to expanding the frontiers of knowledge through provision of excellent conditions of learning and research.

Professor Adewole also called for special funding for the university from the federal government for its vision and mission to be fully realized towards transformation of the Nigerian society through creativity and innovation.

Daily Trust

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