Afe Babalola University, popularly known as ABUAD, is a Nigerian private university that has its location in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. It was founded in 2009 by Afe Babalola, who is a lawyer, educationist, and philanthropist, and inaugurated by former President Goodluck Jonathan. Academic programs offered in ABUAD are in six college divisions, they are; Sciences, Law, Engineering, Social and Management Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, and Postgraduate Studies. The Engineering College of the University is built on three and half acres of land and is considered as one of the largest in Africa.
Also, the University’s Motto is “Labor for service and integrity.” The current acting vice-chancellor is Elisabeta Smaranda Olarinde while the chancellor is Afe Babalola. The institution has about 1,255 administrative staff with over 8,500 students. In addition, the university has one main campus which accommodates five undergraduate colleges, a post graduate school, conference halls, a teaching hospital for medical students, student and staff accommodation, sporting facility, a cafeteria, a laundry, a bakery, and a water processing plant.
THEIR permits universities to explore excellence.
The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings (THEIR), one of the three main areas of university activity under the World University Rankings, founded in 2019, are the only global performance tables that does the assessment of universities in relation to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With the aid of carefully calibrated indicators, they provide comprehensive and balanced comparison across four wide areas: research, stewardship, outreach, and teaching. The Impact Rankings, 2022, is the fourth edition and has its overall ranking comprising of 1,406 universities from 106 countries.
Furthermore, based on the table of the SDG 4 – quality education, the Impact Rankings measures the contribution of universities to early years and lifelong learning, their pedagogy research and their commitment to comprehensive education. The Impact Rankings grow rapidly yearly, as many universities seek to demonstrate their commitment to delivering the SDGs by joining their database. They give universities the chance to demonstrate their annual improvement through the introduction of new policies and the provision of evidence of progress.
ABUAD emerged 1st in Nigeria, 400th in the world.
Following the release of the 2022 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti, emerged the best of all universities in Nigeria, and one of the best 400 in the world. However, the global ranking for the university came 10 months after the Alper-Doger Scientific Index. The institution was ranked as the best research university among the 99 private universities in Nigeria and the 10th out of 197 public and private universities in Nigeria, in July 2021. The ranking analyzed over 108 million citations across more than 14.4 million research publications in arriving at ABUAD’s placement.
The acting Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. E. Smaranda Olarinde, dedicated the great feat to the consistent cooperation of the stakeholders of the university; the National Universities Commission (NUC), the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), Council for Legal Education (CLE), and the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE). It was also attributed to the parents, the passionate teachers, and the teeming student population of the university. The Vice Chancellor affirmed that the Chancellor’s dream of seeing ABUAD becoming one of the best 100 universities is imminent.
The President celebrates with ABUAD and its management.
President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates and celebrates with ABUAD alongside its management and staff, for ranking as the best in Nigeria, and one of the best 400 universities out of 31,097 universities in the world. On behalf of the president, Femi Adesina applauded the guiding principles of the university, which includes discipline, industry, determination, sound education, integrity, service, and quality leadership. The president appreciated the honour ABUAD brought to Nigeria, and thereby encouraged the institution to put more effort into being among the top 50 in the world.