By Kingsley Abavo, Benin

Edo University, Uzairue

Edo State University Uzairue, formerly Iyamho has emerged 4th in Nigeria in the latest World Impact Rankings of Universities; 2021.

The ranking was done by the ‘Times Higher Education Impact Rankings Global Performance Tables’ which assess Universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The International body used carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparison across four broad areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching, a report on the University’s website said.

Despite being the first time the University was assessed by the International Organization, it clinched the unprecedented 4th position having met the required criteria for consideration for the ranking;  the ‘level of extensive research work done, global visibility and outreach, stewardship, knowledge transfer, international outlook, Webometric development, and teaching curriculum, amongst others, the report said.

“It came behind the University of Lagos in the 3rd position, while Covenant University and the University of Ibadan, which have been on the ranking body’s platform for several years took first and second positions respectively.

“Edo State University Uzairue won the first position in the ‘SDG Goal 4’ with 42% which represents quality education measuring Universities’ contribution to early years and lifelong learning, their pedagogy research and  commitment to inclusive education.

“While in ‘SDGs 17 Partnership’; it was scored 33% . This particular SDGs look at the broader way in which Universities support the SDGs through collaboration with countries, promotion of best practices and publication of data.

“The University, in meeting with the sustainable development goals template, has a working and academic collaborations with the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom, and Worcester State University, Massachusetts, USA for educational development, and has equally deployed modern technological tools such as the CANVAS Learning Management System, Skills Laboratories for simulations amongst others, to enhance learning.”

Further, the report asserts that within the short pace of its establishment, the University which has recorded landmark achievements, already have graduated two sets of students in various fields of learning.

This is as it has commenced its post-graduate studies; the University  ensure that all of its programs presented for the accreditation process, have been accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC), and all relevant professional bodies.

The 2021 Impact Rankings is the third edition and the overall ranking includes 1,117 Universities from 94 countries and regions, it was said.

“The ranking body requires a University that wishes to be ranked, to apply to them and be screened against their set standards to qualify for the ranking.”