The University of Ibadan Nigeria has been ranked as number one university in Nigeria while one of its dons, Professor Ebenezer Olatunde Farombi, was also ranked as the best scientist in the university.
An influential and leading global ranking body, the AD Scientific Index, which recently released the list of its 2021 world’s scientists and university rankings, which was sighted by Tribune Online on its website www.adscientificindex.com, ranked University of Ibadan as the number one university ahead of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and University of Calabar, which came second and third respectively.
Also, one of the dons of the University of Ibadan, Professor Farombi, a Professor of Biochemistry, Toxicology and Translational Medicine, was ranked the best out of the 287 professors from the university that were assessed by the scientific index.
According to the AD Scientific Index on its website: “In the presence of many different university ranking systems, as the ‘AD Scientific Index’, we have developed a ranking system with a different methodology based on the principle of including only meritorious scientists.
“Based on Google Scholar’s total h-index scores, we have listed all academicians, who are ranked in the world in the top 10,000 and top 100,000 in university rankings. Furthermore, we have listed the breakdown of this ranking by main subjects.
“As the order of ranking principles, we used the overall top 10,000 scientists list primarily. Secondly and thirdly, we used the ranking in the top 100,000 and top 200.000 scientists list. Fourthly, the total number of scientists in the AD Scientific Index was ranked by the universities.
“In the case of equalities within a university ranking, we used the highest rank of the scientist in the respective university as it is listed in the world ranking.”
It also said the ranking “reveals the competency of institutions to attract prized scientists and the ability of institutions to encourage advances and retain scientists.”
Professor Farombi’s academic career in the university began in 1988 as Practical Class Instructor in Biochemistry Department. He later became Graduate Assistant in 1989 and Assistant Lecturer in March 1990 and rose through the ranks to the grade of full Professor of Biochemistry on October 1, 2006.
After successful completion of his Ph.D programme in 1995, he proceeded to the University of Liverpool, England under the World Bank Project Staff Development Programme for Postdoctoral training with Dr. George Britton, a distinguished scholar and former President of International Carotenoid Society, as his preceptor.
He had another UNESCO-MCBN sponsored Postdoctoral training in Denmark between 2001 and 2002 where he worked with three academic giants in the field of Chemical Carcinogenesis—Dr. Lars Dragsted of the Institute of Food Safety and Toxicology, Soborg, Professor Steffen Loft, Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen and Professor Herman Autrup (former President of International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX)) of the Department of Environmental Health, University of Aarhus, Denmark.
Professor Farombi was at different times Visiting Professor to the National Research Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention, Seoul National University, South Korea (2005/2006); the Department of Nutritional Toxicology, Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany (2007); College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, USA (2009, 2010-2017); Cape Peninsular University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa (2011).
Others are the University of Chicago Medical School, USA (2011); Indiana University, Bloomington, USA (2014), China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing China (2015) and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta USA (2019).
Professor Farombi has extensive and expanded international networks as his engagement in interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary with translational impact, has resulted in collaboration and networking with over 100 scientists across the globe in world-class institutions.