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OAU Now Ranked No 1 In Nigeria, 8 In Africa

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In further confirmation of its academic excellence and intellectual
supremacy over and above other Universities and Institutions of Higher
Learning, the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has, again, been
rated the first and the best University in Nigeria and 8th in Africa.

The
new webometric ranking released today, Monday, 5th August, 2013, by the
Cybermetrics Lab of

Spain (a world-renowned Research Council) and
circulated round the world, moved Obafemi Awolowo University higher on
the ladder from number 14 to number 8 in Africa. This is a development
that academic analysts and managements of universities in Africa have
hailed as a monumental leap for educational advancement in Nigeria. This
is the first time that a Nigerian University would be so ranked
consecutively.

It would be recalled that Obafemi Awolowo
University, Ile-Ife, was, early this year, rated by the Cybermetrics Lab
of Spain as the first and the best University in Nigeria and 14th in
Africa before the new webometric ranking that was released today.

Reacting,
the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bamitale Omole, attributed the giant
strides recorded by his administration to the unparalleled research
output, administrative acumen, technical know-how of the academic,
administrative and technical staff of the University, adding that only a
focused leadership, which is the hallmark of his management team, can
produce such a spectacular feat.

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Professor Bamitale Omole, then
applauded the dedication to duty of all stakeholders in making sure that
the ideals of the founding fathers of OAU become a reality in its
entirety. He urged the Federal Government not to relent in its efforts
to improve the funding of education, particularly for the universities,
so that the increased penchant for travelling abroad to undergo academic
programmes that could be taught better by our lecturers here in Nigeria
would be a thing of the past.

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