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UI, OAU, FUNAAB Listed Among Global Top Ranking Varsities

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The Chairman of Governing Board of Higher Education Observatory for Africa, Emeritus Professor Peter Okebukola, has applauded the efforts of the National Universities Commission in implementing its 2021-2027 strategic plan.

According to a statement by a Ghanaian member of the Board of HEOFA, Dr. Fred Mensah, “the dividend of the NUC-led effort is the top-ranking of Nigerian universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities which was released August 15, 2022.

The PUNCH reports that ARWU is one of the most-respected ranking schemes in the world. It uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff members winning nobel prizes and field medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Clarivate, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index Expanded, and Social Sciences Citation Index in the Web of Science, and per capita performance of a university.

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Mensah notes that more than 2500 universities are ranked by ARWU every year and the best 1000 are published.

This year, Harvard University tops the ranking list for the 20th year. Stanford University remains at the number two seat. Massachusetts Institute of Technology rises one position to the number 3.

Other Top 10 universities are Cambridge (4th), Berkeley (5th), Princeton (6th), Oxford (7th), Columbia (8th), Caltech (9th), and Chicago (10th).”

HEOFA noted that “for the first time in the history of ARWU which started in 2003, University of Ibadan appeared in the 800-901 band.

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“In the 2022 GRAS ranking which was also released on Monday, Nigeria featured as follows: in Veterinary Sciences, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, emerged in the 201 to 300 group; in Dentistry and Oral Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University was also in the 201 to 300 group; while in Psychology, University of Nigeria emerged in the 401 to 500 group”

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“The chairman of the governing board of HEOFA, Okebukola, congratulated the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, the Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, as well as the authorities of the University of Ibadan, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, and Obafemi Awolowo University for this feat.

“With the 2021-2027 strategic plan on ranking and the 2019-2023 blueprint on the Rapid Revitalisation of University Education in Nigeria being implemented by the NUC, the world of ranking will quake with the huge appearance of Nigerian universities in the top 200 in the world before 2030.

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“I urge all stakeholders to be part of the provision of the enabling environment of better resourcing of our universities, better welfare scheme for staff to bolster motivation and enhance commitment to quality teaching and research and all in the context of a stable academic calendar in order to achieve our 2030 goal of top ranking in global league tables,” Okebukola concluded.

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Foreign Intelligence Germane To Nigeria’s Self-reliant Security Architecture, Economic Prosperity – Varsity Don

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By Joseph Ebi Kanjo 

A university don, Prof. Olufemi Olufunmilade, has said that deployment of Foreign Intelligence in Nigeria security architecture is germane to acquiring skills and technology needed for self-reliant security systems and enduring economic prosperity.

Olufunmilade, a Professor of International Relations and Strategic Studies, stated this while delivering the 25th Inaugural Lecture of Igbinedion University Okada, Edo State, Thursday, titled: Foreign Intelligence: The Means to Advancing Nigeria’s Security and Prosperity.

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According to him, in order to make foreign intelligence functional means of advancing national security and economic prosperity, the Nigerian government and other stakeholders must take some concrete measures.

Olufunmilade noted that in making foreign intelligence functional and achieving the desired results, the Federal Government should ensure
“it puts round pegs in round holes in Nigerian embassies and diplomatic missions where it seeks to conduct intelligence activities in line with the focus of this lecture.”

L-R: Presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prince Adebayo Adewole; Vice-Chancellor, Igbinedion University, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, Prof. Olufemi Olufunmilade; Mrs. Olufunmilade and others at the Inaugural Lecture on Thursday.

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He continued: “In this regard, to advance Nigeria’s security interest and needs, the defence attaches, who are normally drawn from the military and usually made to undergo a relevant course at the Defence Intelligence College before they are posted abroad, should be strictly drawn from the Intelligence Corps of the three arms of the military.Not from non-intelligence corps.”

On economic prosperity, the university don said “to advance economic prosperity, Nigeria will
need to put economic/commercial attaches with requisite
economic and commercial skills in-charge of the economic and commercial desks of its foreign missions.”

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It should consider seconding staff of Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) and allied agencies who possess skills at attracting critically needed investments, technology, and expertise to the Nigerian economy. The bottom-line for all personnel is intelligence skills required for optimal performance on their beats.”

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He, therefore, recommended that Nigerians should “report activities inimical to the peace and security of Nigeria to the security agencies,” adding: “That will be human intelligence collection in practice and it is a patriotic act.”

Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Igbinedion University Okada, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, described the Inaugural Lecture as an avenue to sharing discoveries, ideas and insights with the public and the larger academic community.

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He added that it’s also an avenue for professors to showcase to members of the public what the research they have carried out on issues over the years and taught for years.

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How To Check 2023 WAEC Result On Your Phone Via SMS

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The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has released the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations, WASSCE, results.

The Council stated that it was able to surmount challenges of insecurity, and cash policy among others, via technological innovation that saw over 91 percent of candidates’ results released 44 days after the examination ended.

WAEC’s Head of Nigeria Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan, said this at a briefing on Monday, at the body’s national office, Yaba, Lagos.

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For the students who will be checking results, here are steps to follow.

Step 1: Type: WAECExaminationnumberPIN*Examyear through your phone (there should not be a space in between).

Step 2: Send to 32327.

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Step 3: You will receive a message instantly containing your WAEC statement of result.

It should be noted that only MTN, Glo and Airtel subscribers can actually check their WAEC results using this SMS method.

Students can repeat the step if they do not receive your WAEC result via SMS, kindly repeat this step again.

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SMS charges will be applied when checking your WASSCE result using text messages.

You will need to have purchased the WAEC Direct Scratch card in order to check your result via text message. The scratch card pin is what is needed in the PIN section of the SMS you will send to 32327.

Candidates who registered for the May/June examination can do also access their results through the portal of WAEC.

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BREAKING: 8 States Owing WAEC Won’t Have Candidates 2023 WASSCE Results

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Eight states owing the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, for various services rendered, will not have their candidates’ 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE results, released.

This was stated at a press briefing on Monday at Press Briefing Hall, WAEC national office, Yaba, where the body lamented that the inability to pay for services rendered was posing a great challenge in the activities of the examination body.

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Responding to a statement on the number of States owing WAEC, the National Office of the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, Mr. Patrick Areghan noted that: About eight States are owing WAEC. We won’t mention them all as some are going to pay.

However, Zamfara and Niger states are the highest debtors. Again Zamfara did not present any candidate for this year’s WASSCE.” Areghan noted.

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