The United States (US) Transparency International Standards (USTIS) has ranked the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State, the best state university in Nigeria.
The result was contained in the preliminary results from the USTIS 2013 Coordinated Nigeria Schools’ Survey, the body’s school ranking initiative.
Only last month, the university came first nationally in the 2013 Annual Youth Debate for Nigerian tertiary institutions, organised by the Federal Ministry of Education.
The National Universities Commission (NUC) also voted it ‘the Best State University in 2005’ in terms of the quality of academic staff, after conducting its (NUC’s) carrying-capacity survey in 2015.
Adekunle Ajasin University came into world reckoning following the strategic initiative of the incumbent Vice Chancellor, Professor Femi Mimiko, who has built the structure of his administration on “building a 21st Century University, properly called!.” Through the initiative, the university, which relocated to a temporary site in 1999, has drastically developed its infrastructure and academic programmes.
Between 2010 when Professor Mimiko took office and now, the university has taken delivery of over 60 projects as a deliberate attempt to address the acute challenges of space.
In his reaction, Professor Mimiko expressed appreciation to God, for allowing the modest contributions of his administration to attract world recognition.
“It is really a thing of joy that our modest contributions to educational development and humanity have attracted attention and recognition. As a university, we give all the glory to God. I would also like to appreciate the visitor to the university and Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, for the robust support he accorded and continues to accord the university.
“I cannot thank the university’s immediate past council under the leadership of the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Barrister Dan Nwanyanwu, enough for direction and support.
“Words are inadequate to thank the staff and students of the university for their priceless contributions to the attainment of this feat. I dedicate this achievement to them.”