Since establishment in 1948, the University of Ibadan, UI, has again recorded another achievement, emerging the best in Nigeria. The enviable position of the university arose from the latest ranking of African universities and higher institutions conducted by Journals Consortium on 1,447 higher institutions.
National Mirror learnt the Journals Consortium made use of research publications and citations from the last five years (2010 to 2014) as well as visibility on the internet. On Africa point of view, the University of Ibadan was 8th best university in a ranking largely dominated by South African institutions, which occupied six of the first best 10 institutions.
The results of the ranking which is available on the web (http:// ranking.journals consortium. org/), revealed that South African institutions dominated the top ten, 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 ten include six institutions from South Africa, two from Egypt and one each from Kenya and Nigeria (University of Ibadan).
First generation universities were in top positions in the latest ranking with University of Ibadan coming 8th in Africa and first in Nigeria, followed by University of Nigeria, Nsuka (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 (42nd), University of Calabar (43rd), Federal University of Technology (FUTA-49) while the only private university in the top list is Covenant University which is placed 53rd in the ranking.
Reacting to the ranking, the Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Isaac Adewole, said the vision of the university is to be a world-class institution for academic excellence geared towards meeting societal needs.
He added that the university will not rest on its oars until it ranks at par with renowned universities and higher institutions globally, saying his administration was poised to expand the frontiers of knowledge through provision of excellent conditions of learning and research.
The Vice Chancellor, however, called for special funding status for the university from the Federal Government for its vision and mission to be fully realised towards transformation of the Nigerian society through creativity and innovation.