Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun (SAN) has urged staff and students to keep attracting world-class research opportunities and leading initiatives that would make the institution more globally competitive.
Fagbohun who spoke against the backdrop of the institution’s top ranking by the Times Higher Education (THE) said LASU’s position, as the second top university in Nigeria was a product of its commitment to excellence.
The vice-chancellor said members of LASU community, over four years ago, collectively agreed to pursue a vision and began the hard work of rewriting the story of the university.
Fagbohun added that in those years LASU staff and students’ defied impossible odds to blaze the frontiers of excellence and innovations in different areas.
He said: “We acknowledge the challenges our university currently faces while trying to compete for impact and relevance in the global educational landscape. This explains why our sleeves must remain rolled up and our thinking cap kept alive to its responsibility.
“We have more work to do. Improving on our infrastructures and resilience plan. Attracting more world-class research opportunities and leading initiatives that will make us more globally competitive. Ensuring that our university remains worthy of being called home – a community where peace, unity, equality, progress, and kindness are non-negotiable ideals. Our work is not done yet.
Fagbohun said as the university looked forward to the limitless possibilities the future could bring added, “We must celebrate ourselves and relish this moment of fulfillment and gratitude. This is our victory. This is for each and every one of us whose hard work, patience, and commitment have propelled us this far. “
He added, “Our 2021 Times Higher Education World University Ranking shows our vision and efforts over the past four and a half years have not been in vain. We have walked the talk and the best is yet to come.
Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking for 2021 placed LASU among world universities ranked in the 501-600 bracket, second only to the University of Ibadan, which was ranked in the 401-500 brackets.
Other Nigerian universities, ranked are University of Lagos (601-800), Covenant University (801-1000), the University of Nigeria Nsukka (1000+), and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (1001+)
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings involved more than 1,500 universities across 93 countries and regions, making it the largest and most diverse university rankings to date.
Source: The Guardian News