Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), has expressed delight over the university’s performance in the 2022 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, which was released on April 27.
Babalola, in a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Friday, said that he felt so fulfilled with the feat achieved by the institution.
He said: “The purpose of setting up ABUAD is to prove that individuals can achieve such feat.
“I have finally achieved my life-long ambition, which is to establish a pace-setting tertiary institution that can compete with the best in the global scene.
“Topping the ranking is an icing on the cake. I am happy that ABUAD has achieved this feat and we will ensure that we remain at the top for many years to come.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ABUAD emerged the leading university in Nigeria following the release of the 2022 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings on Wednesday.
NAN also reports that Covenant University, Ota and University of Ibadan came second and third respectively in the ranking.
The impact rankings is said to be measured by the standards of Sustainable Development Goals.
Congratulating ABUAD on achieving the feat and other universities that made the ranking, the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said the commission would ensure that more universities made 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.