President Muhammadu Buhari has sent his congratulatory message to the Founder and Chancellor of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, as well as the institution’s management and staff, after it was ranked the Best in Nigeria and 400th globally.
Buhari’s message of congratulations was contained in a statement signed on Monday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, and titled ‘President Buhari hails Aare Afe Babalola, ABUAD on national, global rankings for excellence.’
Adesina said, “The President affirms that the fact that the ranking analyzed more than 108 million citations across over 14.4 million research publications and included responses from almost 22, 000 scholars show the depth, acceptability and influence of the ABUAD placement, the best out of 197 universities in Nigeria and one of 400 out 31,097 universities in the world.
“He appreciates the honour brought to the country by ABUAD, urging management, lecturers and students to explore the same doggedness to lift the university to be among the top 50.
“He noted the visionary and scholarly leadership style that continues to shape the curriculum, operations and results of ABUAD since it was established 12 years ago, with the guiding principles of discipline, industry, determination, service, integrity, sound education and quality leadership.”
As the university scores another national and global record for excellence, President Buhari affirmed that the Times Higher Education World Rankings further validates the resourcefulness of hardworking academics, particularly in research, and the diligence of students, who continuously stretch their bodies and minds to make history.
He congratulated the Chancellor for facilitating the resources, channeling the energies and assembling an exemplary workforce in ABUAD.