An international provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, Elsevier, based in The Netherlands, has rated Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, among the world’s top 10 universities in research and development.
Elsevier developed SciVal, a solution that offers easy access to the research performance of 8,500 research institutions and 220 countries.
Speaking about the achievement in a statement, the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aderemi Atayero, noted that through the financial support of the school’s Board of Regents, the university had signed up with Elsevier SciVal, an initiative that had given the university the opportunity to monitor its achievements in terms of research, publications and citations.
Atayero said the university was able to identify its areas of “Distinctive Competencies” and “Emerging Competencies” courtesy of the SciVal software.
The statement added, “Over 13 million publications for the period 2011-2015 were extracted from the Scopus database, to form 168,092 clusters. SciVal subsequently identified 53 publication clusters in which Covenant University has a significant presence. The 53 publication clusters were grouped into 16 Competencies for Covenant University.
“SciVal classified four of the 16 Competencies as Distinctive Competencies of Covenant because they are significantly large fields, and the institution is leading these fields in terms of publications, highly cited publications, and/or innovation.
“Indeed, Covenant University, looking at the data from 2011 to 2015 as calculated by Elsevier, was rated first in research endeavours such as (wind power, wind and turbine) and (corrosion, corrosion inhibitors, carbon steel) and world number two in (trade, remittance, effect) and (housing; residential satisfaction, satisfaction).”
In his remarks, the Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents, Dr. David Oyedepo, said that the university had already started celebrating its Vision 10:2022, which seeks the institution to be among the world’s top 10 in 2022.
“We are closer than ever imagined to the vision,” he added.
Meanwhile, Stutern, a Lagos-based startup and online platform that carries out studies on employment in Nigeria and Nigerian universities, has in its 2016 edition of “The Nigerian Graduate Report” publication ranked Covenant University first among universities with the most employable graduates.
According to the report, Covenant University’s graduates have 90 per cent employ-ability rate.