The Vice Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Abiodun Adebayo, has enumerated ways to put Nigerian Universities on the world map.
He disclosed this at a workshop held at the University of Benin recently entitled, “University Ranking: Experiences of Covenant University organized by the University of Benin’s Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation (CERHI).
He said, “It is high time, whether management, staff or students, we worked together to see that we place our universities on the world map, standing at par with other world universities.
While urging universities to improve on their publications, particularly in Q1 and Q2 journals, he mentioned citation, reputation, international outlook and industry income as other metrics considered for university ranking.
He expressed that to be on the world map, universities would need to do what world-class universities such as Harvard and Oxford were not doing.
As for what will not improve ranking “Most Universities in Nigeria concentrate on teaching and, perhaps community service and have left out the area of research,” said Professor Adebayo.
He explained that to emerge as a world-class university, Ivory Towers in Nigeria would have to embark on impactful research, saying “Impactful research is almost non-existent in most universities.”
“You have to go beyond your best to accomplish some of those things. If we want to become world-class universities, beyond classroom teachings, we have to spend extra time doing the research. We must go beyond the kind of civil service work we do,” he advised.
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