According to the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) is Nigeria’s top university and one of the world’s top 400.
At the top of the list was ABUAD, which is only 12 years old, followed by Covenant University and the University of Ibadan.
Tunde Olofintila, the institution’s Director of Corporate Affairs, made the announcement to the media in Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria, on Sunday


“ABUAD named Nigeria’s best university and one of the world’s best 400,” reads the statement. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which are highly regarded by students, educators, governments and industry experts all over the world, they aim to “help the world’s universities achieve excellence” by looking at performance indicators that assess an institution’s performance in four key areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and an international perspective This firm is built on 10 million datapoints from 2,500 institutions in 93 countries, unrivaled news, analysis, and intelligence, and a 50-year relationship of trust with colleges. Over 1,600 universities were included in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022, making them the most comprehensive university rankings to date Over 108 million citations were analyzed from more than 14.4 million scholarly papers and nearly 22,000 researchers were surveyed for this year’s ranking. There were more than 2,100 institutions that provided data for our study.

There are 99 private universities in Nigeria with an Alper-Doger Scientific Index ranking of the “Best Research University” and 197 public and private universities in Nigeria with an Alper-Doger Scientific Index ranking of the “Best Research University” in July 2021 On the website of The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the good news was announced.

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A letter dated April 27, 2022, and headlined “2022 THE Impact Rankings” by Prof. Peter Okebukola, a known advocate for quality and functional education, was sent to the NUC Executive Secretary on April 27, 2022.” The 2022 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings (measured against the SDGs) were revealed today,” Okebukola wrote in a letter to Nigerian university vice chancellors. Afe Babalola University, Covenant University, and the University of Ibadan round up the top three schools. Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed of the Nigerian University Council (NUC) congratulates the universities and urges them to work hard so that many more Nigerian institutions of higher learning can join the top 200 in the coming years. Nigeria Universities Ranking Advisory Committee (NURAC): “By our strategic plan 2022-2030, we will engage with all universities in the system to guarantee that we are not a pushover on global league tables from 2023.” NURAC.

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Prof. E. Smaranda Olarinde, the University’s Ag. Vice-Chancellor, was overjoyed when informed of the good news, and he attributed the university’s success to the support it has received from various stakeholders, including the National Universities Commission (NUC), Medical & Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), and others.

Since its Academic works began on Monday, January 4, 2010, Olarinde was particularly pleased that people and organizations outside Nigeria are following ABUAD’s achievements with keen interest, which has institutionalized quality and functional education, raised the next generation of Nigerians, and ensured that Nigeria regains its lost glory in education.  Students’ parents and other well-wishers were congratulated by the university’s president, who said they were overwhelmed by the words of congratulations Olarinde remarked that Aare Afe Babalola’s ambition of making ABUAD one of the world’s top 100 institutions is within reach with the help of all these factors.

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The Federal Government has approved the appointment of 42 traditional rulers as chancellors and 27 other individuals as pro-chancellors of some federal universities and inter-university centres.

The government said the decision was in line with the establishment of new universities and also to replace deceased chancellors.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who disclosed this during a briefing in Abuja, said they are expected to promote morality and peaceful co-existence.

Adamu said:
“Mr. President has, following the establishment of additional universities, approved the appointment, reassignment of chancellors to 43 federal universities. The exercise is intended to also replace deceased chancellors of some federal universities.

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“As royal fathers, these chancellors are expected to be the moral compass of the various universities to which they are assigned. They have been taken from their kingdoms and primary constituencies to other kingdoms and these appointments are expected to play a role in cementing relationships between communities in the country.

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“Let me reiterate that the chancellors shall be presented to the university community at an investiture ceremony to be organised by the university for the purpose; or during the next convocation ceremony when the investiture will precede the conferment of degrees at the convocation.”

According to Adamu, some of the universities include Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Federal University, Lafia; among others.

He noted that governing councils of 13 federal universities were inaugurated early this year.

Some of the schools and inter-university centres include The Nigerian French Language Village, Badagry, University of Benin and University of Nigeria, Nsukka among others.

Below is the list of Newly Appointed Chancellors:

• Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi (ATBU) — Rufus Aladesanmi, the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti;

• Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria — Nnaemeka Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha

• Alex Ekwueme University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State — Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, the Alake of Egbaland

• Bayero University, Kano — Oba Ewuare II, oba of Benin

• Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa state — W.S. Joshua, the Ibenanawei of Bomo Kingdom

• Federal University Gashua, Yobe state — Chike Edozien, the Asagba of Asaba

• Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara state — Ezeogo Ewa Elechi, the Isu-Oha I of Ohaisu Kingdom.

• Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa state — Shekarau Angyu, the Uka of Wukari

• Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi state —Mohammadu Abali ibn Mohammed Idris, the Emir of Fika

• Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti state — the Attah Igala

• Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta — Ebidem Ekpo Okon, the Obong of Calabar

• Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun — Babatunde Ajayi, the Akarigbo of Remoland.

• The Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) — Umar Kabir Umar, the Emir of Katagum.

• Federal University of Technology, Minna — Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, the Deji of Akure

• Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina — Dandeson Douglas Jaja jeki, the Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom

• Federal University, Wukari, Taraba state — Adamu Baba Yunusa, the Ona of Abaji

• Federal University, Birnin Kebbi — Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, the Obi of Obinugwu

• Federal University, Kashere, Gombe state — Lawrence Agbubuzu, the Ezema of Olo Kkingdom

• Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa — Sidi Bage Muhammad, the Emir of Lafia

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• Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike — Abubakar Shehu Abubakar, the Emir of Gombe

• Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola — Uwa Umoh Adiaka, the Ekporikpo of Obot

• National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) — Agabaidu Elias Obekpa, the Ochi Idoma.

• Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka — Da Jacob Gyang Buba, the Gbong Gwon Jos.

• Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife — Yahaya Abubakar, the Etsu Nupe

• University of Abuja — Rilwan Adamu, the Emir of Bauchi

• University of Agriculture, Makurdi — Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, the Emir of Ilorin

• University of Benin (UNIBEN) — James Ayatse, the Tor Tiv

• University of Calabar (UNICAL) — Aminu Ado Bayero, the Emir of Kano.

• University of Ibadan (UI) Muhammadu Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto

• The University of Ilorin — AbdulMumini Kabir Usman, the Emir of Katsina

• University of Jos — Ahmed Nuhu Bamali, the Emir of Zazzau

• University of Lagos (UNILAG) — Abubakar Ibn Umar el-Kanemi, the Shehu of Borno

• University of Maiduguri — Lamidi Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo

• University of Nigeria, Nsukka — Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife.

• University of Port-Harcourt — Muhammadu Bashar, the Emir of Gwandu

• University of Uyo — Adamu Maje, the Emir of Hadejia

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• Usmanu Danfodiyo University — Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos

• University of Health Sciences — Attahiru Ahmed, the Emir of Zamfara

• Nigerian Army University, Biu — Felix Mujakperuo, the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom.

• Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta state — Alfred Papapereye Diete-Spiff, the Amanyanabo of Twon Brass

• Federal University of Agriculture, Zuru — Eze Eberechi Dick, the Eze Uudo of Mgboko Ngwa, Amaise

SOURCE: The Nation

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