The Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe Awka University, Prof. Charles Okechukwu Esimone has welcomed the recent Times Higher Education World Academic Summit, New York ranking which placed UNIZIK in 10th position in Nigeria.
Esimone said that the University deserved a much better ranking if there had been the opportunity to present all the basic parameters required for the ranking.
It will be recalled that the Chairman of the Nigerian Universities Ranking Advisory Committee (NURAC), Professor Emeritus Peter Okebukola announced the ranking news in Abuja on his return from the summit.
According to Okebukola, at least twelve Nigerian universities with Nnamdi Azikiwe University on the list showed remarkable improvement in global rankings and were applauded at the Times Higher Education Global Academic Summit which ended in New York on October 12. .
The ranking published by the Times Higher Education, he said, has two Nigerian universities in the 401 to 500 band.
Further reacting, Esimone, whose ambition is to achieve No. 1 in Nigeria and at least 200 positions for UNIZIK globally, said in a dialogue that the strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of (ASUU) played a major role in its lower ranking because the basic exercise parameters were not met.
He said: “We haven’t reached the optimum. We would have been around sixth or seventh because I was doing what was needed strategically with providing information.
“What we accomplished was only a work of faith. The basic parameters, about four of them have not been filled in, including the data on the distribution of students.
“The strike did not allow the staff to provide the necessary data.
“We thank God all the same. About four parameters we would have put in place to show what we did,” Esimone said.
Online forum found that NURAC was established by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, to mobilize Nigerian universities and catalyze their participation in all global ranking systems.