From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has described the latest Webometric ranking of world universities that pronounced Unilorin as the best in Nigeria, as the product of hard work and dedication to service of every member of the University community.
In the 2014 University Web Ranking conducted by International Colleges and Universities (4ICU) and released on the 29 of 2014, Unilorin was also adjudged the 20th best university in Africa and 1842nd in the world.
The 4ICU is an international higher education search engine and directory that constantly reviews accredited universities and colleges across the world.
For the latest exercise, it ranked about 11,307 colleges and universities by web popularity in over 200 countries.
The University in a press statement by its Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Kunle Akogun at the weekend, quoted the Vice-Chancellor as expressing delight over the new ranking, describing it as “one of the best so far by any university in Nigeria”.
Ambali who congratulated the University Governing Council headed by Obi Prof. Chukwuka Okonjo, all lecturers and other stakeholders “for taking us thus far”, pledged that the University would “strive to become the best in Africa by the next ranking.”
The Vice-Chancellor urged all academic and non-academic staff to continue to put in their best in the service of the University.
“The latest university ranking is a significant leap for the University of Ilorin, which has moved from its last year’s fifth position in Nigeria and 56th in Africa to first and 20th positions respectively.
“With the new ranking, the University of Ilorin’s status as the nation’s number one University has been given an international confirmation. Statistics released recently by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) after the last Universities Matriculations Examination (UME) showed that the University of Ilorin was the most subscribed university by admission seekers in the country with a total of over 105,000 candidates seeking to enter the University in 2014/2015 academic session.
The University of Benin, Benin City came second in this respect with about 76,000 admission seekers.
Since 2011, the University of Ilorin has maintained a steady rise among most preferred institutions by admission seekers in the country. In 2011, it ranked 8th; it ranked 5th in 2012; 2nd in 2013 and 1st this year.”
In the 2014 University Web Ranking, the University of Lagos came second in Nigeria and 21st in Africa while the third position goes to Obafemi Awolowo University, which also comes 26th in Africa.
Also on the ranking table are: the University of Ibadan, 4th in Nigeria and 38th in Africa; the Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State, 5th in Nigeria and 59th in Africa; Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, 6th in Nigeria and 63rd in Africa; the Federal University, Minna, 7th in Nigeria and 71st in Africa; the University of Benin, 8th in Nigeria and 82nd in Africa; the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, 9th in Nigeria and 87th in Africa; and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 10th in Nigeria and 89th in Africa.