In spite of the current recession and underfunding by the federal government, the University of Ibadan (UI) has been ranked among the best 1,000 universities in the world.
The Oyo state-based university achieved this feat in the latest 2016/2017 ranking, which was carried out by Times Higher Education (THE).
The result showed that UI is the only Nigerian university that made it to the top 1,000 globally ranked universities.
UI was ranked 801 in the rankings.
Despite being the only Nigerian university which entered the list of top universities in the world, the University of Ibadan came behind South African universities with University of Cape Town ranking 148 followed by Stellenbosch University (401), University of KwaZulu Natal (501).
Only 22 universities across Africa made it to the world class universities with South Africa and Egyptian universities dominating.
Speaking on the latest ranking, Vice Chancellor University of Ibadan, Professor Idowu Olayinka, said the university is blessed with world class scholars who are dedicated to their calling and must be engaged by Nigeria to solve her problems.
“In spite of the underfunding by the Federal Government, the University of Ibadan has finally been ranked among the 1,000 best universities in the world,” he said.
Prof. Olayinka continued: “The truth of the matter is that the Times Higher Education Rankings is one of the elite global ranking bodies. It is a thing of joy that we have a respectable position in comparison to peer universities in Africa. This is message to the Federal Government of Nigeria that we need funding to improve our research infrastructure and funding support in order to enhance productivity.
We congratulate all faculty, staff and students who have made this feat possible. The federal government should learn to use research output from university of Ibadan to solve problems facing the country. We cannot have world class scholars in Nigeria and rely on those who have never conducted researches on our problems to come and solve our problems”
The Times Higher tables rank universities worldwide on measures including teaching, research and international outlook – for example, numbers of overseas students and staff.