According to the recently released 2022 World University Rankings by Times Higher Education (THE), the University of Ibadan (UI) maintained its top spot in Nigeria and West Africa, the seventh-best University in Africa and remains in the 401-500 category whole world.
In reaction to this laudable feat, the former UI Vice-Chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka, made the following statement.
“We are not where we should be as yet but it is gratifying that great and commendable efforts are being made to ensure we reach the top
Congratulations to the Acting Vice-Chancellor, his Management Team, all staff, students and alumni/alumnae and all of us stakeholders in the UI Project”
However, as reported by the PUNCH Newspapers on, September 6th, 2021 via its social media pages, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) moved a step ahead to rank second in Nigeria and 501–600, out of over 1,600 institutions across the world.
On its part, the Lagos State University(LASU) dropped to sixth (from the second position as ranked in 2021) in Nigeria behind Covenant University, University of Ilorin, University of Nigeria, and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
While LASU is the only state university included in the ranking, Covenant is the only privately-owned university.
The rankings were conducted based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
By this ranking, UNILAG leaped the range of 601–800 in 2021 to a higher range of 501–600.
Reacting, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, commended staff, students, alumni and friends of the University for their various contributions to the achievement of this feat.
“The University is however not relenting in hard work and dedication as the aim is to be ranked among the top 10 universities across the globe,” a post on the university’s website added.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 include more than 1,600 universities across 99 countries and territories, making them the largest and most diverse university rankings to date.
Although only six universities feature in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the country is home to almost 130 institutions. Some of these are owned by the federal and state governments, while 50 are privately owned.