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The Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State (UNIZIK), has moved from 4,494th position to 1,500th position in the latest world university rankings for 2024 which was sighted by The Eastern Updates.
The university also took 12th position in Nigeria in the rankings recently released in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking 2024 results.
This had triggered jubilation in the university community as it was seen as a feat achieved by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Charles Okechukwu Esimone, who set the task for himself on assumption to office in 2019 to bring the university to world reckoning.
A member of the university community who spoke to newsmen hinted, “In the THE World University rankings for 2024, UNIZIK ranked in Category A at number 12 position in Nigeria and in the 1,500 band in the world.
‘This is a great jump from 4,494 in the world in 2019 and a success story for Project 200 and this administration led by our VC, Professor Charles Esimone.’
The Eastern Updates recalls that no fewer than two staffers of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, were a few months ago recommended for dismissal while six others were suspended with half salary for different durations depending on the level of offence committed.
In a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of the university on public relations and special duties, Dr. Emmanuel Ojukwu which was sent to The Eastern Updates, those affected were guilty of examination malpractices, sorting, using students to extort others, nonattendance to work and other fraudulent behaviours.
In all, 15 persons were affected.
After receiving payment from students, two teachers were found guilty of encouraging cheating during exams.
They have been suspended from duty to allow for unfettered investigation and other appropriate procedures.
Three lecturers from the Faculty of Education who were indicted for ‘sorting’, obtaining money from students in exchange for unmerited scores were suspended from duty following appropriate procedure.