University of Ibadan Clinches First Position in NUC 2021 Rankings, Leads 112 Universities in Nigeria

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has ranked the University of Ibadan (UI) first in its latest 2021 ranking released on Monday.

The lead presenter, Professor Peter Okebukola, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday during a capacity building workshop on improving the ranking of public universities in Nigeria, organised by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

He said the ranking involved 113 universities across the country using 12 indicators.

The institutions were ranked based on total number of full time students, number of international students, students and staff ratio, efficiency, google scholar index and contribution to knowledge economy.

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Other criteria include; percentage of international staff, percentage of programmes with full time accreditation, all citation per capital, amongst others.

Meanwhile, Okebukola, who spoke on the overview of global university ranking and the place of Nigerian higher education system in the knowledge economy, said the full report would be made available to NUC and uploaded on a website.

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“You cannot get any form of ranking system in the whole wide world that does what Nigeria has done.

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

“Next year, we will look at the indicators that we used this year and see whether there are things to add or drop. So, it is going to be an annual thing,” he added.

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However, he lamented that some universities did not show up for the ranking, urging them to partake in the next ranking.

Recall, in September this year, UI had been ranked the best university in Nigeria and ranked 401–500 out of over 1600 institutions across the world, according to the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE).


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