Nigeria’s best private university, Covenant, on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, took a leap to the upper reaches of history by becoming the highest ranked Nigerian university in the prestigious world universities ranking of the Times Higher Education (THE).
The THE is the body behind the world’s most influential university ranking, and with almost five decades of experience as a source of analysis and insight on higher education. Its data and benchmarking tools are used by many of the world’s most prestigious universities to help them achieve their strategic goals.
According to the latest ranking released midweek by the THE in its office in Singapore, Covenant has been ranked within the 601-800 bracket. By this development, Covenant, established 15 years ago, has become the first Nigerian and also, arguably the first African institution to record such a milestone in a rather short time of existence.
The feat came six years into the process of actualising Covenant’s divine vision of becoming one of the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022, otherwise known as Vision 10:2022. The current administration of the institution, led by Professor AAA. Atayero, had in its bid to rev up the drive towards the fulfilment of the vision, introduced the “ReCITe Agenda”, which would simply entail a research-intensive approach.
The University believes that the ReCITe Agenda would be accomplished through the instrumentality of “Glocalisation”, which means benchmarking with established (indisputable) world-class universities, while introducing innovations to address our local contextual needs.
So far, the agenda has been a phenomenal success with Covenant now boasting of 40% of top 20 Authors in Nigeria and the University only recently set a new record of over 600 publications so far in the year.
Covenant University was established in 2002 by Dr. David O. Oyedepo, the presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide, with a vision to be a leading World-Class Christian Mission University, committed to raising a new generation of leaders in all fields of human endeavour.
The university had since inception lived up to the aspirations of its Founder through unique curricula and quality teaching, cutting edge research, life-changing innovations, and impactful community development programmes. Covenant had consistently been recognised as the Best Private University in Nigeria. A validation of the excellent teaching curricula and state-of-the-art teaching facilities that produce quality graduates at Covenant was exemplified by the recent ranking of the University as one with the Most Employable Graduates among all Nigerian universities, public and private.
Research, at Covenant, is an integral component of undergraduate teaching. Scholars conduct research in many fields, and seek to expand human knowledge through analysis, innovation, and insight. In the last 15 years, the University’s research endeavour had been outstanding. The outputs from research had culminated in different patents and successful peer-reviews of knowledge (publications and books) beneficial to the present society and the future generations.