Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, ABUAD, has emerged the leading university in Nigeria, following the release of the 2022 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, which was released on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.
Covenant University, Ota and the premier university, University of Ibadan, came second and third respectively, in the ranking.
The THE Impact Rankings is measured against the SDGs.
Congratulating ABUAD on achieving this rare feat, and other universities that made the ranking, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Universities Commission, NUC, Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, entreated that the NUC should arrive to get many more Nigerian universities in the top 200 in the next few years.
Rasheed said, “By our strategic plan 2022 to 2030, the Nigerian Universities Ranking Advisory Committee, NURAC, will work with all universities in the system to ensure that we are no pushover on the global league table from 2023.”
Other universities in the ranking include: University of Lagos, fourth; Landmark University, fifth; Alex Ekwueme Federal University, sixth; Babcock University, seventh; Edo State University, eighth and Lagos State University, ninth.
Reacting to the development, the founder of ABUAD, Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, expressed delight and happiness saying that “the purpose of setting up ABUAD is to prove that individuals can achieve such feat.”
He added, “I have finally achieved my life ambition, which is to establish a pace-setting tertiary institutions, that can compete with the best in the global scene. Topping the ranking is an icing on the cake. I am happy ABUAD has achieved this feat and we will ensure that we remain at the top for many years to come.”