Afe Babalola University
It was jubilation galore for the management of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, following its ranking by Alper-Doger Scientific Index, as the best private university in research.
A statement on Friday, in Ado-Ekiti, by Tunde Olofintila, Director, Corporate Affairs, said the 12-year old University was ranked the “Best Research University” among the 99 Private Universities in Nigeria and number 10 out of 197 Public and Private Universities in Nigeria.
Olofintila said in addition to the ranking, Alper-Doger Scientific Index, also known as AD Scientific Index Ranking, also ranked ABUAD scientists number 5 out of the 3,570 scientists ranked nationwide.
According to him, the AD Scientific Index World Top Universities’ Rankings was based on scholarly research output from Google Scholar.
“The AD Scientific Index is the first and only study that shows the total and the last five-year productivity coefficients of scientists based on the h-index and i10 index scores and citations in Google Scholar.
“In other words, the AD Scientific Index provides both the Academic Ranking and Analysis Results.
“One of the unique differences of the AD Scientific Index is the provision of the last five years’ scores and the total scores of the-index and the i10 index, and the total and last five years’ number of citations.
“Other unique features of the AD Scientific Index include rankings in all fields and subjects of scientific interest and the emphasis on the scientific productivity of the scientist.
“Thus, Scientists and Universities can obtain their Academic Rankings and monitor developments in the rankings over time,” he said.
Olofintila said the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Smaranda Olarinde received the news of the latest ranking with utmost satisfaction.
“Olarinde attributed the achievements to stakeholder cooperation with the University, including the National Universities Commission, (NUC), the Medical & Dental Council of Nigeria, (MDCN), Council for Legal Education and the Nigerian Society of Engineers, (NSE).
“Also, the parents of the students, the ever committed teachers, and the teeming student population of the University.
“Prof. Olarinde was particularly happy that people and organisations outside Nigeria are noticing what the University has been doing since it commenced academic works on Jan. 4, 2010.
“This is to institutionalise qualitative and functional education, raise a new generation of Nigerians and ensure that Nigeria regains her lost glory in education,” Olofintila said.
Olofintila added that the Vice Chancellor used the opportunity to thank the parents and other well-wishers, who had inundated the University with congratulatory messages on the monumental achievements.
“With all these, Prof. Olarinde is optimistic that sooner than later, the University will improve considerably, particularly because of the quantum of infrastructural development in the University.
“Its heart-warming achievements in Medicine, Law, Engineering, Sciences, its Independent Power Project, IPP, which was commissioned on June 21, and the commencement of work on its 121-unit Industrial Park,” he added.