Why the UI won the award for the best university in Nigeria – Prof. Okebukola

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The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of the National Open University (NOUN), Professor Peter Okebukola, said the University of Ibadan (UI) won the award for the best university in Nigeria because ‘she met the criteria for this year’s ranking.

Okebukola, former executive secretary of the National University Commission (NUC), explained that the ranking was done using 12 indicators involving 113 universities across Nigeria.

Okebukola, who headed the ranking committee set up by the NUC, said this during a two-day capacity-building workshop hosted by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) on Monday in Abuja.

He said the UI meets the criteria for ranking for the year, noting that institutions are ranked based on total number of full-time students, international students, student-to-staff ratio, efficiency , the Google Scholar Index and the contribution to the knowledge economy.

Other criteria, he said, were the percentage of international staff, the percentage of accredited full-time programs, all citations per capita, among others.

“For this 2021 edition, on the basis of the 12 indicators that we have developed, the University of Ibadan is the first followed by the Federal University of Technology of Akure.

However, he complained that some universities were not making the rankings, encouraging institutions to participate in the program, which had become an annual opportunity.

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He said the full ranking report would be made available to the NUC and uploaded to its website.

“The full ranking report which covers the top university in each region of the country with details of all statistics will be released as soon as possible.”

While commenting, NUC Executive Secretary Abubakar Rasheed, a professor, assured the 2022 ranking would be more impressive.


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