Prof. Peter Okebukola, chairman of the Nigerian Universities Ranking Advisory Committee (NURAC), lauded the performance of Nigerian universities in the Times Higher Education 2023 Subject Rankings, which were published on October 25.
On Wednesday in Abuja, Okebukola released a statement containing this information.
Okebukola, who is also a member of the international advisory council for the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, stated that only five Nigerian universities appeared in the rankings for four topics in 2022.
In 11 subjects/disciplines, he noted, 48 Nigerian universities were ranked among the world’s finest in the 2023 ranking.
He included arts and humanities, business and economics, education, law, social sciences, computer science, engineering, clinical and health, biological sciences, physical sciences, and psychology in his list of disciplines.
“Noteworthy is the impressive ranking of Covenant University, the only private university in the league tables, featuring prominently in business and economics, social sciences, computer science, engineering, and physical sciences.
“No state university is on the league tables. The federal universities with impressive rankings are the University of Nigeria Nsukka, the University of Ibadan, the University of Lagos, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta.
” Others are the University of Ilorin, Obafemi Awolowo University, Federal University of Technology Akure, Bayero University Kano, and the University of Benin,” he said.
Arts and Humanities: University of Nigeria Nsukka, 801+; Business and Economics: Covenant University, 401-500; University of Lagos, 501-600; Obafemi Awolowo University, 601-800; University of Nigeria Nsukka, 801+.
Others include Education (University of Ibadan and University of Nigeria Nsukka = 501-600), Law (University of Nigeria Nsukka = 251+), and Social Sciences (Covenant University = 251-300, University of Lagos = 401-500, University of Ibadan and University of Nigeria Nsukka = 601-800, and University of Ilorin and Obafemi Awolowo University = 801+).
Computer Science (Covenant University = 401-500) and Engineering (Covenant University = 401-500; Federal University of Technology Akure and University of Ilorin = 601-800; University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, University of Nigeria Nsukka, and Obafemi Awolowo University = 1000+) are also on the list.
He stated that for Clinical and Health (University of Lagos=151-175; University of Ibadan=201-250; University of Nigeria Nsukka=501-600; Bayero University Kano, University of Benin, and Obafemi Awolowo University=601-800; University of Ilorin and Nnamdi Azikiwe University=801+); and University of Ilorin and Nnamdi Azikiwe University=801+).
Life Sciences (University of Ilorin = 601-800; Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Federal University of Technology Akure, University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, University of Nigeria Nsukka, and Obafemi Awolowo University = 801-1000) are also included.
Okebukola listed Physical Sciences (Covenant University=401-500; Federal University of Technology Akure and University of Ilorin=501-600; Bayero University Kano=601-800; Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta and University of Lagos=801-1000; University of Ibadan, University of Nigeria Nsukka; University of Ibadan, University of Nigeria Nsukka).
In addition, Obafemi Awolowo University has more than one thousand students, and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka offers between three hundred and four hundred students majoring in psychology.
Okebukola thanked the Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu and the Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, for establishing NURAC and for their ongoing commitment to enhancing the quality of the Nigerian university system.
Okebukola remarked that Professor Rasheed is one man who will not rest until the old splendor of Nigerian universities has been totally restored.
“We assure Nigerians that with the ongoing implementation of the Blueprint for the Rapid Revitalisation of University Education in Nigeria, the days of consigning Nigerian universities to the group of non-performers will soon be over,” he said.