Thursday, September 3, 2020

UI, LASU, UNILAG, CU make top 1000 world universities


The University of Ibadan , Lagos State University, University of Lagos , and Covenant University have ranked among the top 1000 universities in the world .

This was contained in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Ranking released on Wednesday .

THE ranked UI , LASU, UNILAG as first , second , and third respectively in Nigeria .

Covenant University, Ota was ranked fourth ; University of Nigeria , Nsukka , fifth; and Obafemi Awolowo University , sixth in Nigeria .

The University of Oxford tops the rankings for the fifth consecutive year , while mainland China ’ s Tsinghua University becomes the first Asian university to break into the top 20 under the current methodology ( launched in 2011) .

The US claims a record eight places in the top 10, after the University of California , Berkeley climbed six places to seventh , but US universities outside the top 200 show signs of decline .

There were 141 first - time entrants in the rankings this year , topped by France ’ s recently merged Paris -Saclay University ( joint 178th ) .

India has the highest number of new entries ( 14) and as a result , boasts a record number of ranked institutions ( 63) .

A breakdown of the ranking further showed that UI rose to the 401- 500 bracket to overtake CU , which witnessed a drop from 2018’ s 636 position to remain at the top 1000.

CU was ranked as Nigeria ’ s best university in THE’ s 2020 report after usurping UI since 2018.

LASU placed between 501 and 600 bands, while UNILAG ranked 601– 800.

UNN and OAU placed on figures exceeding 1000.

Reacting, LASU in a press statement said , “ The latest ranking follows a consistent and meteoric rise in the local and international stock of the University in the last five years of the Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun - led administration, thanks to the entrenchment of academic excellence, a culture of cutting edge research and enhanced community service . ”

“ This year, UNILAG took a leap from the range in which it was ranked last year , 801–1000, to a better range of 601–800. With continued dedication and hard work , the University aims to gradually advance to being ranked among the top 10 best universities across the globe.

“ Congratulations to members of the University community for the great achievement. All are encouraged to continue contributing their quota to make the University of Lagos great , ” UNILAG added on its website .

The ranking showed that over 1, 500 universities across 93 countries and regions across the world featured in 2021 THE World University Rankings.

“ The rankings are based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution ’ s performance across four areas : teaching, research , knowledge transfer , and international outlook .

“ This year’ s ranking analysed more than 80 million citations across over 13 million research publications and included survey responses from 22, 000 scholars globally.

“ Trusted worldwide by students , teachers , governments and industry experts, this year ’ s league table provides great insight into the shifting balance of power in global higher education , ” THE said on its website .

Summary of the six Nigerian universities in 2021 THE World University Rankings :

1. UI ( 401 – 500)

2. LASU ( 501 – 600)

3. UNILAG ( 601- 800)

4. Covenant University ( 801 – 1000)

5. UNN ( 1001+)

6. OAU ( 1001+)

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