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UNILAG Ranked 9th Best University In Africa

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Despite the controversy that trailed its baptism from University of Lagos (UNILAG) to Moshood Abiola University Lagos (MAULAG) by President Goodluck Jonathan in his 2012 Independence day broadcast, UNILAG has been named the 9th best University in Africa and automatically, the best in Nigeria.

This is according to a new ranking released by Africa.com. In the same rankings, Cairo University, Egypt, still maintains the Continent’s top spot.

A further breakdown of the ranking reveals that Egypt has three of its universities in the top 3 positions, Uganda, Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania and Nigeria have one each while Ghana has two of its universities ranked in the top 10.

The list however is subject to a lot of debate as no South African University made it to the list; a development that questions the criteria used in arriving at the rankings.


See the top 10 best Universities in Africa below…

1. Cairo University – Egypt
2. American University in Cairo – Egypt
3. Mansoura University – Egypt
4. Makerere University – Uganda
5. University of Nairobi – Kenya
6. University of Dar es Salaam – Tanzania
7. University of Botswana – Botswana
8. University of Ghana – Ghana
9. University of Lagos – Nigeria
10. Ashesi University – Ghana

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  1. hoyo caleb

    November 29, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Great for nigeria.

  2. Nifemi E. Braimoh

    November 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Awesome. Its amazing. I’m proud to be a Unilagarian.

  3. Frizzyfroze

    November 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    you guys shld learnto copy news well.
    They decided to exclude South African Unis on the list cos they feel they’ll dominate the list.
    Again, its University of Lagos…not Moshood Abiola University, until the court approves of the name.

  4. woow ! proud 2 b an Akokyt. GGM(Unilag)B in al wayz.

  5. ike

    November 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    What do they mean UI Is way beta than maulag, y am i even bothered when they are dweln on false glory, unibadan all the way the first and the best.!

  6. Ignis

    November 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    The editor of this must be a unilag product. What does unilag renaming has to do with ranking? By the way whose ranking is this? What are the criteria used? Don’t let us wash our dirty linen in the public. UI remain the best Nigerian university anytime anyday. The academic reputation, the faculty-student ratio, the international faculty, the int’l standard, the emloyment reputation, and the citation per student ratio in UI bear eloquent testimony to the listed benchmark. Go to UI, we’ve whites in the linguistic dept. Can you beat that?

  7. badoski

    January 4, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    @Ignis, Please excuse jarey.. UI is a dead school. No basic amenities there self. So what if there are whites there. See the living conditions in their hostels, everytime strike. Smh

  8. Truth

    February 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    GREAT IFE !!!
    I laf at dis ranking. I’m not moved atall. We all knw dat we have only 2 Univ. O.A.U and others. But Where are South African Univ. Whc criteria did dey use?

  9. Awonuga Abiola Ibrahim

    April 16, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Where did u put O.A.U ,U.I and Unilorin. (Those are the universities in nigeria)

  10. Awonuga Abiola Ibrahim

    April 16, 2013 at 10:48 am

    What about (O.A.U ,U .I and UNILORIN )those are the best in nigeria

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No Agreement Yet To Suspend Strike ― ASUU

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No Agreement Yet To Suspend Strike ― ASUU

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has denied reports suggesting that it agreed to call off the ongoing strike after meeting with the Federal Government negotiation team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on Friday, November 27.

Recall that the union and the Federal Government had reached an agreement to call off the ongoing ASUU strike after the government reportedly increased its offer for Earned Allowances and funding for the revitalization of public universities to N70 billion.

Reacting to the report, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President has denied knowledge of any agreement to call off the strike.

Also Read: ASUU Agrees To Call Off Strike As FG Increases Payment To N70b

He stressed that at the meeting, it was only agreed that the union should convey the Government message to their organs and get back to Government.

The ASUU President told reporters on Saturday morning: ” I am not aware of that. All I know is that we had a meeting and we are going to report to our members. But I don’t know about suspension of the strike.”

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ASUU Agrees To Call Off Strike As FG Increases Payment To N70b

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Friday agreed to call off their eight-month-old strike.

The decision was reached during a meeting in Abuja between the union and the federal government delegation led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige.

Also Read: I Have Three Of My Biological Children In Nigeria Public Universities -Ngige Blows Hot As ASUU Strike Continues

Based on agreements between the two parties, the government also promised to increase the total payment to the union to N70 billion.

The government stated that it would pay N40 billion as the Earned Allowance and N30bn for the revitalization of the university system to bring the total to N70 billion.

The FG further agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 4.

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Online examinations and their security with navigation control

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Since our movement into the online examination ecosystem, test takers go on to showcase exceptional levels of creativity when it comes to the question on how to crack an exam. In fact there has to be a visible transformation on how candidates plan to pass the exams with flying colours. In the midst of this the candidates end up resorting to some common ways where they end up cheating during an exam

  • Impersonation- Once you use an impersonator or a proxy opting for online exams is a common type of cheating. Students are bound to leverage with the inability of the invigilator to figure out the real exam test takers.
  • External help – you might end up seeking help from friends or relatives who might be sitting beside the monitor. Holding placards with answers is another way where you can cheat during an exam
  • Employment of digital device- smartphones, Bluetooth devices are some of the common ways by which you can cheat during the course of an online exam. They are put to use in order to surf on the web or when you receive information.

Such assertions do not indicate acts of dishonesty in any manner. A proctored exam is going to be of immense help during the course of an exam. A common perception exists that cheating in an online exam is a lot easier than a traditional exam. In a way students employ tactics so they have to succeed academically without the need to be working hard.

But with the use of technology the exams are bound to become cheat free. The question that come to the fore is how honest is the person who is appearing for an exam than merely answering the exam. With the use of proctoring technologies you are in a position to cope up with this issue and the robust features enable the institutes to secure their online examination while maintaining integrity.

Another point of consensus is how it is possible to remote monitor things on what happens in the backdrop of a computer screen. There is no need for them to be aware on what is happening in the backdrop. But still the hack list that is adopted by students works out to be expensive. Still this logic does not hold any value and cheating is a common act.

The type of cheating on the screen

Copy paste

In a conventional exam one of the common types of cheating works out to be copy paste. Be it keeping the answers already who are in document mode or the study material from a separate document, such traditional forms of cheating have gone on to evoke positive response among the students. To be glued to the screen is also a way of misleading an invigilator who does not possess any type of information while observing the screen. He is not going to flag it off as a major cause of concern.

Mirror and screen sharing

When you are sitting for an exam from a remote location, candidates often end up relying on multiple software and the use of mirror apps does appear to be one of them. By the use of this app it allows another person access to the screen of the computer and they can give you answers. Even the students are known to be using Google docs during the course of tests where they go on to review or edit the response of other person and then share it with the invigilators.

Online browsing

With the power of the internet online cheating has gone on to become a walk in the park. An individual who relies on an unfair means is going to switch from an exam, as it can be the use of  various websites , social media sites or other sources choices to locate answers of their choice. Just you have to past the answers on to the URL and figure out the best solution from where you can plagiarize the answers.

Relying on the use of external devices

For example the likes of USD or a blue tooth device is easy to conceal and it makes them difficult to detect. Even the smart devices work out to be standard devices when it comes to the question of on screen cheating. Be it before or during the course of the test the students are going to plug it for their easy use.

Another possibility is to configure your computer with blue tooth before you sit for the exam. Even directly copying from them is easy for the tech centric students. A secure exam browser might be of help in such cases. This same logic holds true for blue tooth integrated devices or smart watches that rely on providing answers to the students.

Task switching

Regularly switching from one screen to another is a method of cheating that works out to be a common task. Even you are going to use keyboards or short cut controls that enables the task of cheating and makes them accessible in an easy way.

The worst part is that students continue to exploit the vulnerabilities despite the fact that there are proper control mechanisms in place so as to curb cheating. But once you adopt technology it goes a long way in making the exams safe and secure. There is no need to regularly deploy the IT staff or the browser of the student so as to adhere to the rules. There is a need to formulate a solution that integrates with the students need during the course of an examination. In fact the need of the hour is a robust and a credible platform that goes full out to prevent the possibility of mishaps during the exams. Not only it means deployment of technology but it is going to prevent any form of violation during the exam. There are a series of software that restricts the possibility of cheating to a major
extent.

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