The Vice Chancellor of University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Prof. Owunari Georgewill has expressed concern over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), stating that the institution will continue to channel efforts towards impactful and intellectual accomplishment.
A statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Sam Kpenu, quoted Prof. Georgewill as saying that the new ranking confirms that the hard work of UNIPORT is recognised and valued.
“The university, moving up to the fifth position in the July 2022 Webometrics ranking, is an indication that we are driven to meet the world’s challenges. Our goal is to elevate UNIPORT to become overall best in Africa and well ranked in the world.”
He said the university’s management will continue to provide vision and strategy to strengthen intellectual property and identify new ventures and opportunities in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
He added: “We will engage with internal and external partners to build and grow innovation activities. There has been wonderful growth in the educational and infrastructural development of the university since I came in as the vice-chancellor. And with this new ranking, we will be leading our effort to create even greater impact.”
The latest July 2022 Webometrics ranking of universities in Nigeria shows University of Ibadan ranked first, followed by Covenant University Ota as second, Obafemi Awolowo University came third, University of Nigeria and University of Port Harcourt came fourth and fifth respectively.