The College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, is now ranked fourth in Africa in the 2019 World University Ranking.
This was disclosed on Thursday by Prof. Olubunmi Olapade-Olaopa, the Provost of the college, during the Innovative Research Fair of the college.
Olapade-Olaopa who said the 71 -year-old medical college is also the first in sub-Saharan Africa, climbed from eight to fourth.
He said the premier Nigerian college fell behind Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa as well as Cairo and Mansoura Universities in Egypt.
“ I am very proud and pleased as provost to be welcoming you to this important high research week.
“ 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.
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