Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD) has been ranked as the best private university in Nigeria dethroning Covenant University, Otta who has been maintaining the position for a long while.
In the July ranking of world universities, the latest by leading researcher webometrics based in Spain, ABUAD is also ranked number 2 Best University among all Federal, state and private universities and polytechnics numbering about 278.
The institutions were rated based on their presence, impact, openness and excellence. ABUAD was rated next to the University of Ibadan as the overall best in the country.
Trailing ABUAD is Covenant University, Ota as the private-run varsity and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
ABUAD was registered in November 2009 by renowned Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and educationist, who as the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos from 2001 to 2007 successfully reformed the university which was ranked No. 1 University in Nigeria in. He was also awarded the Best Pro-Chancellor award by the National University Commission (NUC).
His decision to establish ABUAD was borne out of his personal experience garnered from the decay in the education system.
The varsity was founded to be a practical example of how problems militating against the growth of varsities can be solved and lead others in quality and functional education.
In its eight years of existence, ABUA is reputed as the fastest growing university in Africa.
Its College of Law was acknowledged as the Best College of Law in West Africa by the NUC and its College of Engineering was described by the Nigeria Society of Engineering (NSE) as the Template for Engineering Education in the country.
The College has won global awards in London and United States of America (USA).
ABUA recently inaugurated an ultra-modern teaching hospital with latest teaching equipment. Health Minister Prof Isaac Adewole described the facility as the best of its kind in this part of the world which would put an end of medical tourism in the country.
In 2015, the University of London in appreciation of his contribution to Law and Education awarded Aare Afe Babalola LL.D Degree