College of Medicine jumped ranks from eight to four in Africa – Provost

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Yemisi Ajayi,Ibadan

The Provost, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Prof. Olubunmi Olapade-Olaopa, has said that the college has clinched the number four position in Sub-Saharan Africa in the 2019 World University Rankings.

He disclosed this in Ibadan at the end of the Innovative Research Fair, organized by the College.

The three-day event was tagged: “Innovation for Development.”

The provost said that the college also ranked fourth in the African continent, trailing behind Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa as well as Cairo and Mansoura Universities in Egypt.

“The College of Medicine inched forward from its previously-held eighth position in Africa to the fourth in highest ranking medical school in the continent.

“I am very proud and pleased as provost to be welcoming you to this important high research week.

“What a better way to celebrate this than for us to receive the announcement yesterday that the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, is the primus inter pares in the area of medicine, in the sub-Saharan Africa.

“I promised my constituency that we will no longer be looking at the tail light of Makarere before I leave this office and Yes, Makarere is now looking at our tail lights as we have overtaken it.

“The college jumped ranks from eight to four in the ranking of medical schools in Africa because of the added impact of our researchers, our students and alumni who go out to demonstrate that we are actually a world standard medical school.

“Most of the things we do here are of international standard. Of course, we must not rest on our oars. We must stay consistent and continue to advance.

“We shall increase funding to one of our research partners by another N2 million next year,” he said.

In his address, the Chief Medical Director of University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, said that the success of the teaching hospital as a leader in healthcare delivery was not unconnected with the many evidence-based researches from the College of Medicine.

Otegbayo, who was represented by the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Dr Victor Akinmoladun, pledged his continued support and commitment towards cutting-edge and innovative research.

“The mantra for this administration, which is ‘shared vision for excellence and innovations in research’, will play very critical role in attaining this vision,” he said.

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