The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has been rated the first and the best university in Nigeria and 14th in Africa by the Webometric ranking of world universities. By the last rating, the university was ranked eighth in Nigeria and 79th in Africa.
According to Webometric ranking released on February 6th, 2013, OAU was rated above other universities in the country for its intellectual, academic, research and administrative supremacy.
A press statement by the Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, stated that this latest ranking reflects the success of the current university administration under Professor Bamitale Omole. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Omole, pledged to do all within his administrative powers and academic experience to further reposition OAU to meet the standard expected of a world class university.