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African Varsities: UI Ranking Excites VC

Posted: Jul 8, 2015 at 5:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oladele Ogunsola,  Ibadan 


The eighth position in Africa and the best in Nigeria the Premier University, University of Ibadan made in the latest 2015 ranking of African Universities and Higher Institutions has elated the Vice-Chancellor (VC), Isaac Folorunso Adewole, who said the best was yet to come the way of the institution. 

In the reaction of Adewole to the ranking conducted by Journals Consortium on 1,447 African Universities and Higher Institutions he stated that the vision of the university “is to be a world-class institution for academic excellence geared towards meeting societal needs”. According to him, ”University of Ibadan will not rest on its oars until it ranks at par with renown Universities and Higher institutions globally”, adding, “administration is poised to expand the frontiers of knowledge through provision of excellent conditions of learning and research”.

The VC called for special funding status 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.

The results of the ranking, which utilized research publications and citation from the last five years (2010 to 2014) as well as visibility on the Internet was said to be available on the web ( and it indicated that South African Institutions dominate the top 10 with University of Cape Town topping the rank with Total Influence factor (TIF) of 45.02, followed by Cairo University (43.43) and the University of Pretoria (43.35).

The top 10 includes six institutions from South Africa, two from Egypt and one each from Kenya and Nigeria (University of Ibadan).

First Nigerian 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 Nsukka (13th), Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (18th), University of Lagos (UNILAG-20th), Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife (24th), University of Ilorin (31st), University of Portharcourt (36th), Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka (42nd), University of Calabar (43rd), Federal University of Technology (FUTA) Akure (49) while the only private university in the top list is Covenant University Ota which is placed 53rd in the ranking.