The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) has been graded the best in the country and listed among the best 2,000 in the world in the latest Webometrics ranking released in January this year.
Chief Okwun Omeaku, the acting Public Relations Officer, PRO of the institution, made this known in Nsukka. According to him, the improved rating of the institution was not unconnected with the enhanced research efforts in the university following the Vice-Chancellor’s encouragement and financial reward system
The Webometrics University Ranking, which provides indicators for more than 12,000 universities in the world, is based on university web presence, visibility and web access. The ranking system measures how strongly a university is present on the web by its own web domain, sub-pages, rich files and published scholarly articles.
The ranking system is based on the belief that web presence is a reliable indicator of the global performance and prestige of the universities and could serve as an indirect way to measure efficiency of universities in the performance of their tripartite function of teaching, research and knowledge transfer.
In the recent ranking of world’s top 800 universities for 2015/2016 released by Higher Education World University Rankings, only one Nigerian university was listed.
The analysis showed that the University of Ibadan, the oldest university in the country is ranked 601st of the world’s top 800 universities, 200 steps lower than Makerere University, Uganda, which is ranked 401st.
The rating however is a great leap for Nigeria considering the fact that no Nigerian university has featured in the ranking since 2011 when the survey began.
Similarly, in the ranking of Africa’s top 100 universities released last year, only five Nigerian universities made it to the list; University of Lagos in 20th place, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-ife, followed in 23rd position, University of Ibadan in 38th, University of Ilorin 41st and Covenant University in 43rd place.
The University of Nigeria (UNN) was the first full-fledged indigenous and first autonomous university in Nigeria which was founded in 1955 and formally opened on 7 October 1960.
The University currently has four campuses – Nsukka campus (University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN), Enugu campus (University of Nigeria Enugu campus, UNEC), Ituku-Ozalla campus (University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH) and Aba campus (University of Nigeria Aba campus, UNAC).