Two Nigerian professors identified as Kayode Oyewunmi and Musa Yakubu have been named among the top scientists in the world. According to reports, the two were part of the 180,000 selected from over eight million active scientists globally.
The selection which was done by a Stanford University based academic publishing company named Elsevier BV, was premised on 22 major scientific fields and 176 subfields.
The two are high-ranking professors in the University of Ilorin. Professor Kayode Oyewumi is the Dean of Faculty of Physical Sciences while Professor Musa Yakubu is the immediate past Director of the Central Research Laboratories.
The University made the announcement in their bulletin issued recently where Professor Oyewumi stated that, the global ranking is currently a tool for rating excellence in research, intellectualism and prowess in the level of academics of various higher institutions.
“While many ranking bodies are questionable and generally unacceptable, an emerging reputable and distinguished ranking body has named two University of Ilorin dons among the world’s top two scientists,” he said.
He explained further that, “the list is led by Prof. John Loannidis of Stanford University with the use of verifiable data drawn from the Scopus database. The method adopted for the ranking involved the use of a complex algorithm based on ranking parameters such as Scopus documents (1960-2020).” he added that, “it also includes citations (including distinct citing papers) and co-authorship (including first authorship), among others.”
Professor Oyewumi went on to add that, their selection is a pointer to the fact that the university’s researchers are quite an asset on the global research platform. It is noteworthy that the list had only few names of Nigerian scientists from across diverse research institutes and universities in the world.
“The recent achievement is certainly inspirational to young faculty members and research scholars. It is hoped that the next edition of the ranking will feature more scientists from University of Ilorin and Nigeria,” Oyewumi said.