Tuesday 14th December 2021: The National Universities Commission (NUC) has ranked the University of Ibadan (UI) first in its latest 2021 ranking, while Chrisland University, Abeokuta was ranked 17th of the one hundred and thirteen (113) universities involved across the country.
According to a statement released by the commission on Monday, the ranking which was carried out using twelve indicators of all the participating universities involved, also had the institutions ranked based on total number of full time students, number of international students, students and staff ratio, efficiency, google scholar index and contribution to knowledge economy.
The statement listed other criteria to include; percentage of international staff, percentage of programmes with full time accreditation, all citation per capita, amongst others.
The lead presenter, Professor Peter Okebukola, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday during a capacity building workshop on improving the ranking of public universities in Nigeria, Organised by Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND),
Okebukola, who spoke on the overview of global university ranking and the place of Nigerian higher education system in the knowledge economy, said the full report will be made available to NUC and uploaded on a website.
“You cannot get any form of ranking system in the whole wide world that does what Nigeria has done. For this 2021 edition, based on the 12 indicators that will have developed, University of Ibadan is the first followed by Federal University of Technology Akure.
“Next year we will look at the indicators that we used this year and see whether there are things to add or drop. So it is going to be an annual thing,” he said.
However, he lamented that some Universities did not show up for the ranking, while urging them to partake in the next ranking which has become an annual event.
The full report of the ranking which covers the best university in each region of the country with details of every statistics will be released soonest.
Earlier, the executive secretary of TETFund, Prof Elias Bogoro said the workshop was part of the strategies to reposition the university system in Nigeria.
He said Nigerian universities are not doing well in global ranking hence the need to reposition and showcase them to the world.
“The situation is so unfortunate and worrisome that it calls for reflection and action on the part of the government, the Nigerian intelligentsia and indeed the Nigerian people.
“It is challenging in the sense that the success of our universities is tied to the progress and development of the nation. If the Asian countries were able rise to such enviable place in the ranking of world universities, nothing stops Nigerian universities from making similar progress if they are so determined.
“Some of the problems identified as hindering the progress and performance of Nigerian Universities in the global ranking of world universities include:
Poor investment by some tiers of government in the development of universities.”
Chrisland University recently celebrated its 3rd Convocation ceremony in Abeokuta, an occasion which saw the institution graduate 5 first class students of the total 44 graduating student.
Founded in 2015, the university continues to maintain its geometric and meritorious rise among the echelon of laudable Nigerian Universities
Recall that CEOAFRICA had an exclusive chat with Vice-chancellor of the university; Prof. Chinedum Babalola during the convocation ceremony and she disclosed that the secret behind the growth recorded in the University has been hardwork in driving intake and the university’s commitment to growing.
She said “We have continued to grow and drive intake of students into programs of the university, note that it is not enough to drive intake, you also need to maintain, sustain and retain them. We could see a geometrical growth from 7 to 28 and now 44, so we are committed to growing and we kept advertising and telling the good news about Chrisland University.
On the ranking of the NUC, she attributed the feat to a collective contribution of the entire staff and student of the institution, adding that it calls for more hard work from the management.