ABUAD ranks top private varsity


Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, ABUAD, has been rated best among all private universities in Nigeria.

The rating by ‘AD Scientific Index’, a development ranking systems, reflects ABUAD’s quality administrative and academic policies.

The institution, founded in 2009 by renowned legal practitioner, Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, has over the years become a first choice for candidates seeking admission to universities.

In its 2021 ranking, AD Scientific Index rated ABUAD as the best among private universities and tenth in the pool of both private and public universities in Nigeria. AD Scientific Index is the first and only study that shows the total and the last five-year productivity coefficients of scientists across the world.

The nation’s premier university, University of Ibadan came tops followed by University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Federal University of Technology, Akure; University of Calabar; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; University of Benin; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, University of Port Harcourt and University of Ilorin.

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A visit to the main campus of the institution by a team of reporters on Friday, September 10, revealed the school has facilities that can be described as the best in the world.

With rapidly growing infrastructure conducive for learning, the institution has a well-equipped teaching hospital, complemented by Colleges Health Sciences, Law, Humanities, Engineering, Information Technology, Agriculture as well as Social and Natural Sciences.

ABUAD Deputy Chief Medical Director, Dr. Akinola Akinmade disclosed that “ABUAD is the only teaching hospital in the country with two functional CT and two MRI scanning machines.”

He maintained that the teaching hospital has the equipment and manpower to attend to critical ailments in the country with supporting systems including a digital blood bank, an oxygen plant, dental and eye care machines and a comprehensive laboratory services.

Assuring that Nigerians do not have need to fly abroad for medical treatment, Dr. Akinmade lauded   Aare Babalola’s vision for committing enormous resources into the university and the teaching hospital.

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Akinmade, who took the team round the facilities at the sprawling teaching hospital, emphasized the passion for quality education and healthcare demonstrated by Aare Babalola, even as he is described him as a rare gem in Africa in view of his commitment to ensuring that illiteracy is banished from Nigeria and professionalism is enhanced in various spheres of life for rapid national development.

Aare Babalola, who enjoys sound health and balanced emotion at 91, disclosed that his commitment to quality education stems from his belief that no country can be great without imparting quality education in the growing population.