By Peter Oriyomi
The National Universities Commission (NUC) has rated the Redeemer’s University, Ede in Osun State second overall best university in Nigeria in its 2021 ranking of universities.
The university founded in 2005 was also ranked best private university in Nigeria.
The university’s Deputy Director/Head, Corporate Affairs Directorate, Adetunji Adeleye, in a statement, said: “After seven years of her breaking into the league of ivy-universities by winning the prestigious World Bank-African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, the Redeemer’s University roared again and showcased some of its finest academic qualities and credentials to emerge as the second Overall Best University in Nigeria.
“As one of the several drivers of quality improvement of the Nigerian university system which was powered by the League of Directors of Academic Planning (LDAPs), the NUC ranked Redeemer’s University as the nation’s second overall best across all categories which comprise federal, state and privately owned universities in the country.
“The 2021 Nigerian Universities ranking rated the University of Ibadan, Redeemer’s University and Covenant University as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position, respectively. It should be noted that this is the first time NUC is ranking universities in Nigeria since its establishment in 1962.
“The ranking was done under the auspices of the National Universities Commission (NUC) Strategy Advisory Committee (STRADVCOM) set up as one of the several projects of Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission.
“The lack of noise around its numerous achievements are sometimes mistaken for weakness but people with hindsight know that its founding proprietors cherish making statements through ground-breaking contributions to human development. Someone once described Redeemer’s University as “a small car with an aircraft engine.”
“The announcement of Redeemer’s University, a multiple award-winning institution, on Monday, 13th December 2021 by the National Universities Commission, as the second overall best university in the country is both a testament and endorsement of its rising profile as an ivy-university.
Also, the university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Anthony Enisan Akinlo, was quoted in the statement to have eulogized the insistitution’s proprietors for an “unequalled visionary drive to configure it as a university of global preeminence that will change the world for God through its impact on human development.”
According to the VC, the announcement is “an industry acknowledgement of the university’ quality of programmes, research, internationalization, infrastructure, assurance system and good corporate governance, amongst others.”
He expressed gratitude to the university community for upholding excellence in all ramifications, which he said had made the university the toast of its stakeholders in the Nigerian higher education institutions’ space.