We shall maintain our place as the best – UNN VC

By Patrick Egwu in Enugu

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof Benjamin Ozumba has re-affirmed the resolve of the institution to maintain its current ranking as the best University in Nigeria which was released by Webometrics in 2016.

Prof Ozumba, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, (Administration) Prof Charles Igwe, made this known during a courtesy visit by OILSERV, a leading oil and gas firm in Nigeria and Africa in the build up to the 2nd African International Conference on the Applications of Nanotechnology to Energy, Environment and Health held at the Princess Alexandria Auditorium of the University.

The Webometrics University Ranking which started in 2004 and based on a university’s web presence, visibility and web access, also ranked the UNN as 14th in Africa and among the best 1,500 universities in the world based on Google Scholar citation profile.

The University of Ibadan was rated 1608th position in the world, 18th in Africa and 2nd in the country.

According to the Vice Chancellor, the latest ranking of the institution was a result of enhanced research efforts in the university among staff and the encouragement of a financial reward incentive to academic staff for papers published.

“We have experienced growth in this institution since my assumption of office and we have resolved to maintain that and keep going higher. The latest ranking of UNN as the best in Nigeria and 14th best in Africa is as a result of our “publish-and-be-paid” system that rewards staff financially for publishing their works in an Impact Factor based research journal. We also pay publication fees for research papers that have been accepted for publication in journals with Thompson Reuters Impact Factor”.

“UNN is the first university in Nigeria that pays its academic staff for publishing their papers in a recognized international journal and this has been giving us the desired results by placing our institution on the world map. We have also approved N100, 000 as seed capital for over 214 research groups and centers in the university and this has in no small way helped in our area of research and development”, he said.

The “publish-and-be-paid system of the university ranges from a cash reward between N10, 000 to N200,000 depending on the Impact Factor rating of the journal.

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