The pre-eminent position of the University of Ilorin among its peers in Nigeria has again been reaffirmed, as it has been ranked as the first university in the country.
In the 2014 University Web Ranking conducted by 4 International Colleges and Universities (4ICU) and released last Tuesday (July 29, 2014),Unilorin was also adjudged the 20th best University in Africa and the 1842nd in the world.
The 4ICU, an online ranking agency, is an international higher education search engine and directory reviewing accredited universities and colleges. For the latest exercise, it ranked about 11,307 colleges and universities by web popularity in over 200 countries.
With the new ranking, the University of Ilorin’s status as the nation’s number one University has been given an international confirmation. Statistics released recently by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) after the last Unified Tertiary Institution Matriculations Examination (UTME) showed that the University of Ilorin was the most subscribed university in the country with a total of over 105,000 candidates seeking to enter the University in the 2014/2015 academic session. The University of Benin, Benin City came second in this respect with about 76,000 admission seekers.
Since 2011, the University of Ilorin has maintained a steady rise among most preferred institutions by admission seekers in the country. In 2011, it ranked 8th; it ranked 5th in 2012; 2nd in 2013 and 1st this year.
In the 2014 University Web Ranking, the University of Lagos comes second in Nigeria and 21st in Africa while the third position goes to Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, which also comes 26th in Africa.
Also on the ranking table are: the University of Ibadan, 4th in Nigeria and 38th in Africa; the Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State, 5th in Nigeria and 59th in Africa; Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, 6th in Nigeria and 63rd in Africa; the Federal University, Minna, 7th in Nigeria and 71st in Africa; the University of Benin, 8th in Nigeria and 82nd in Africa; the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, 9th in Nigeria and 87th in Africa; and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 10th in Nigeria and 89th in Africa.
In his reaction to the new ranking, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, expressed delight, describing it as “the best ranking for the University so far.”
Prof. Ambali congratulated all members of the University community on the new feat, urging all academic and non-academic staff to continue to put in their best in the service of the University. “The latest ranking is one of the best so far by any university in Nigeria”, the Vice-Chancellor said, adding that “we should strive to become the best in Africa by the next ranking.”
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