By Prof. Francisca Oladipo, Chair of Computing and Director, Quality Assurance
The National Universities Commission (NUC) today 13th December, 2021 launched the 2021 edition of the Nigerian University Systems (NUS) Ranking. The event was held at the NAF Conference Centre, Kado, Abuja as part of the Capacity Building Workshop for Public Universities sponsored by TETFund and organized for Vice-Chancellors, Directors of Academic Planning, Directors of Research, Directors of ICT, Librarians, and other stakeholders from public universities in Nigeria. The theme of the event is “Requirements for Strengthening Nigerian Universities for Higher Global Ranking and Knowledge Economy”.
In the newly published NUS ranking, Federal University Lokoja ranked the best out of all the counterpart Federal Universities established in 2011 by the then President Goodluck Jonathan. Additionally, FUL ranked the second-best Federal University in the North-Central geo-political zone and 16th out of the total 113 universities ranked in this edition. The ranking result is available at http://nusrankings.ng
Also, in attendance at the launch of NUS ranking were the Chairman, Board of Trustees of TETFund, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, the Executive Secretaries of NUC and TETFund, Professors Abubakar Rasheed and Elias Bogoro respectively, Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU), Professor Samuel Gown Edoumiekumo, former Executive Secretary, NUC, Distinguished Professor Peter Okebukola, and other stakeholders.
The FUL delegation led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi comprised of the University Librarian, Dr. Sarah Yani, Director of Academic Planning, Professor Hadi Suberu, Director of ICT, Professor Sunday Eric Adewumi, Director of Research, Professor Mohammed Suleiman, Director Quality Assurance, Professor Francisca Oladipo, Dr. David Lanlege and Mr. Benjamin Atabo Ocholi, the TETFund Desk Officers.
Recall that in his inauguration address on 15th February, 2021, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi stated categorically that: "My primary goal is to add value to the University's stated Vision, which is To be the best among the nine newly established Federal universities in Nigeria in 2011 and one of the top ten ranking universities in Africa."
Earlier in July, 2021, Federal University Lokoja was ranked 35th in Nigeria and 3rd among the 12 New Federal Universities established in 2011 by Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. According to the July, 2021 report released by Webometrics, FUL (in less than 5 months) moved from the previous 7th position amongst its peers established the same year to 3rd position, and moved from 78th position to 35th in Nigeria.
Photo: The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi speaking at the event held today at the NAF Conference Centre, Kado, Abuja
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