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By Ademola Babalola in Ibadan
The National Universities Commission (NUC) has ranked the University of Ibadan as the best in Nigeria its latest 2015 ranking.
The top five positions were dominated by first generation universities, with University of Lagos (second), University of Benin (third) Obafemi Awolowo University (fourth) and Ahmadu Bello University occupying the fifth position respectively.
The ranking indicated that the University of Ilorin is sixth, Lagos State University (11th) while the Covenant University led Pan African University (18th) to occupy 13th position.
University of Jos (seventh), University of Port Harcourt (eighth), University of Maiduguri (ninth), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (10th), Federal University of Technology, Owerri (12th), University of Nigeria (14th), Federal University of Technology (FUTA) (15th), Nnamdi Azikiwe University, (16th), Enugu State University of Science and Technology (17th) Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) (19th), Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola (20th).
Reacting to the latest ranking, the Vice Chancellor of UI, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka, stated that the university was thinking more about ranking among the top five in Africa in next few years.
Olayinka said the premier university 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.
“Being number one in Nigeria and number one in West Africa should not be taken for granted. 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. “
He continued: “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. 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 N100million of his personal money towards the construction of a befitting edifice to house the UIRF at the Ajibode Extension. The complex will be opened in the coming weeks. All hands must be on deck,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Senate of UI has approved the withdrawal of 97 students from the university for failure to obtain the minimum academic requirements at the end of the 2014/15 session.
The students were from seven faculties of the institution.
The expelled students were at various levels of their education pursuit including those in final year.
A special bulletin released by the institution and signed by its Registrar, Olujimi Olukoya, added some of the students had lapsed studentship while three voluntarily withdrew from the institution.
“Senate at its meeting approved that the candidates whose names appear on this list should withdraw from the university for failure to obtain the minimum academic requirements at the end of the 2014/2015 session.”