ABSU New VC, Ikonne, Pledges To Reposition School’s Ranking
Vice Chancellor, Abia State University Uturu (ABSU), Professor Uchenna Eleazer Ikonne, has promised to reposition the university by, among other things, effecting the necessary changes that would improve the fortunes of the 34-year-old state owned institution.
He made this known while addressing the management, academic, non-academic staff and students of the university upon assumption of office as the seventh substantive vice chancellor. He also admonished all to always do the right things, as it was only by so doing that the university would attain higher heights.
The professor of Optometry, expressed worry that in spite of all determined efforts in the past, the school still rank poor among the universities in Nigeria. He noted that university slumped from its 87th position in the national ranking in 2014 to 93rd position in 2015.
In his address titled, ‘My Mandate — Our Story Must Change’, Ikonne stated that the poor ranking of ABSU “gives us a poor external perception and tends to undermine the commendable strides and laudable inputs made by previous administrations.
“The ranking of universities by the national and international community underscores this point and it’s a veritable index for measuring the achievements of any or successive university administrations,” he said.
Consequently, he said that his administration would open up the institution to national and international interactions, by focusing and addressing global parameters for ranking of universities, which he enumerated to include teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), industry income (innovation) and international outlook (staff, students and research).