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NUC releases 2021 ranking for Nigerian universities

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By Godfrey AKON

The National Universities Commission, NUC, has released its 2021 ranking for Nigerian universities.
The ranking was released in Abuja at a two-day Capacity Building Workshop organised by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, for public universities in Nigeria to enhance their competitiveness and global ranking.
While announcing the ranking during a presentation, a former NUC Executive Secretary and Chairman of Nigeria Universities Ranking Committee, Prof Peter Okebukola, disclosed that the University of Ibadan, UI, was ranked  top.
Okebukola said the ranking which was carried out using twelve indicators involved 113 universities across the country.

According to him, 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.
Other criteria include; percentage of international staff, percentage of Programmes with full time accreditation, all citation per capital, amongst others.
While speaking on the overview of global university ranking and the place of Nigerian higher education system in the knowledge economy, the former NUC boss said the full report will be made available to NUC and uploaded on a website.

“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 will have developed, University of Ibadan is the first followed by 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 said.
He however lamented that some Universities did not show up for the ranking, while urging them to partake in the next ranking which has become an annual event.
The full report of the ranking which covers the best university in each region of the country with details of every statistics will be released soonest.
Earlier, the executive secretary of TETFund, Prof Elias Bogoro said the workshop was part of the strategies to reposition the university system in Nigeria. 
He said Nigerian universities are not doing well in global ranking hence the need to reposition and showcase them to the world.
“The situation is so unfortunate and worrisome that it calls for reflection and action on the part of the government, the Nigerian intelligentsia and indeed the Nigerian people. 
“It is challenging in the sense that the success of our universities is tied to the progress and development of the nation. If the Asian countries were able rise to such enviable place along the ranking of world universities, nothing stops Nigerian universities from making similar progress if they are so determined.
“Some of the problems identified as hindering the progress and performance of Nigerian Universities in the global ranking of world universities include:Poor investment by some tiers of government in the development of universities.”
Speaking on “Requirement for Strengthening Nigerian Universities for Higher Global Ranking,” Bogoro said Nigerian universities must be repositioned to be competitive and to take the lead in research and innovation to promote the growth of our country and its economy.
He also encouraged all lectures to aspire to have PhD as teaching requirements.
On his part, the executive secretary of NUC, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, assured that ranking in 2022 will be much more impressive.
Rasheed said in order to compete with ancient universities in the world, Nigerian tertiary education need consistent and improved funding.