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Authorities of Chrisland University, Abeokuta have said the latest ranking of the ivory towers by the National Universities Commission(NUC) is a wake up call to the reality that no institution of learning can exist in isolation.
Vice-Chancellor, Chrisland University. Prof Chinedu Peace Babalola, made the disclosure while addressing staff members in her official reaction to the just released ranking.
The University located at Owode Road, Abeokuta recorded a modest ranking as the 9th best private university in Nigeria and 17th among all federal, states and private varsities nationally.
Prof Babalola said the reality now is for universities to settle down to serious academic work and to deepen the focus on research efforts capable of addressing the challenges facing the nation.
The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that the University which has only recently had its 3rd Convocation Ceremony recorded a modest performance, beating other old universities in terms of ranking in various indices.
But, she enjoined all staff that this is not the time to rest on our oars as the University will press ahead to introduce more reforms that would deepen quality control in our academic content and research focus.
Prof Babalola said: “We thank God Almighty for this feat. It may or may not mean that we are better than those universities that we beat. What has happened to those big and first generation universities.
“But, I must say it took extra effort and discipline from our side. This is simply a wake up call for the universities. Others will now wake up. But we must not rest on our oars”
Speaking in similar vein, the University’s Director of Academic Planning, Prof Shyngle Balogun commended staff across all board for their collective efforts to regularly forward updates on their research undertakings.
Prof Balogun said: “The performance recorded by Chrisland University is from collective efforts from all of us. We must wake up to our responsibilities and begin to shape up. We have all it takes to move up to the top of the ladder.”