He said the premier Nigerian college fell behind Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa as well as Cairo and Mansoura Universities in Egypt.
“ What better way to celebrate this than for us to receive the announcement on Wednesday , that the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan , is the primus inter pares , in the area of medicine, in sub-Saharan Africa.
“ Last year, we were eighth in Africa , falling behind Makerere University in Uganda, but yesterday we went from eighth to fourth in Africa, after Egypt and Johannesburg.
“ I promised my constituency that we would no longer be looking at the tail light of Makarere before I left this office and yes Makarere is now looking at our tail lights , as we have overtaken Makarere, ” he said.
He said the reason for the leap was due to innovative research.
“ Why is it important that this has happened today. I have absolutely no doubt that our research efforts, having been enhanced in the last couple of years, have been responsible for not only maintaining our position in Nigeria , but topping Makarere.
“ College of Medicine jumped ranks from eight to four in the ranking of medical schools in Africa because of the added impact of our researchers , our students and alumni who go out to demonstrate that we are actually a world standard medical school.
“ Most of the things we do here are of international standard.
“ Of course , we must not rest on our oars . We must stay consistent and continue to advance.
“ We shall increase funding to one of our research partners by another N2 million next year, ” he said.
Also speaking at the event, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, the Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital ( UCH ), Ibadan , said that the success of the teaching hospital, as a leader in healthcare delivery was as a result of many evidence -based researches from the College of Medicine.