Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Adeola Fuwape has blamed the operating environment in the country for the poor performance of Nigerian universities in the Webometric Ranking of Universities and other international ranking bodies when compared to their counterparts in other parts of the world.
This is as he expressed regrets that none of the over 170 public and private universities in the country ranked among the best 1,000 universities in the world despite the several breakthrough and research grants won by the universities in the country.
Fuwape, who was addressing the journalists ahead of the 32nd convocation and 40th anniversary of FUTA, said the same criteria are being used for the ranking universities in developed and developing countries, given the security, energy and economic challenges facing Nigeria.
For the first time since the university was established 40 years ago, the Vice-Chancellor said that five per cent of the graduating students obtained first class in various courses of the institution.
Given the breakdown of the graduating students, the Vice- Chancellor said out of the total 3,205 students in the First Degrees, no fewer than 160 students graduated with First Class; 872 had Second Class Upper Division; 1,483 obtained Second Class Lower Division; 222 had Third Class while six students graduated with Pass Grade.
According to him, Juliet Taiwo Oluyale of Department of Building led the pack as the Best Graduating Student with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.89 points.
“For the first time in the history of the university, three eminent scholars would be conferred with the University Honour of Professor Emeritus in recognition of their contributions to academia.
They beneficiaries include Professors Ekundayo Adeyinka of School of Environmental Technology, Olugboyega Ademosun of School of Engineering and Samuel Falaki of Computer Science. Despite the challenges being faced by academics in the country, the Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Philips Oguntunde noted that scholars in FUTA had won research grants worth several millions of dollars locally and internationally.
he, however, listed some of these grants to include N12 million grant from Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) won by Dr. Folasade Dahunsi of Department of Computer Engineering; N39.7 million TETFund grant won by Prof. Emmanuel Fasakin; N40 million won for a research project on plastic wastages refining for the production of value added petrochemical products and N45 million TETFund research grant for a research project on quality assessment of banana edible film incorporated with bioactive-rich Ocimum for peanut-based snack won by Prof. Adebanjo Ayobamidele