What Make Harvard Great?

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Professor Lateef Sanni
Professor Lateef Sanni

‎Ismaheel Murphy Olalekan‎

Recently, I attended a seminar in Lagos. During our one hour break, my group engaged in a socio-evaluation of some of the great Universities in the world.

Someone asked; which universities are the top five (5) in the world? To my amazement, eight (8) of us included Harvard University in our list. We Google the list and find out that Harvard is ranked 6th (according to Times higher education).

What makes Harvard great and more popular ahead of the likes of Sanford University and MIT whom are ranked 3rd and 4th respectively?

The answer is not only attributed to their academic excellence but also the exemplary display of competency, character and success of many of the graduates of the institution.

Harvard has alumni spread across the world leading many international consortium, they are also found in the helms of affairs in public sectors and governance.

Professor Sanni Lateef Oladimeji
Professor Sanni Lateef Oladimeji

These category of people are role-model and mentors to many, and we always aspire to be like them by achieving the same career excellence.

Unconsciously, people think being Harvard alumni must have had a great impact on their successful career. Perhaps, these people might have already excelled in their own way but being a Harvard alumnus is also icing on their cake.

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta can be great too. In fact, in Nigeria, there was a period when Federal University of Agriculture graduates dominates every national ranking and competition; like best in computer programming, best in mathematics, 1st in Agricultural Programs.

FUNAAB graduates ranked 5th most employable graduates.

Recently, the institution student’s Union body produced the 1st female president (I doubt if it has happened in any known Universities in Nigeria).

Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, better known as Kizz Daniel
Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, better known as Kizz Daniel

Another example of FUNAABITES promoting our global brand is Professor Lateef Sanni (who is winning many international grants and research excellence awards), Kiss Daniel (award-winning afro-music artist), Victor Agunbiade (high rank US Naval Staff), Apostle Achudume (leader of Global renowned church), SHOLA Tobun (high profile public officer holder/Alumni president) etc.

Agunbiade was named the Officer Recruiter of the Year, and honored along with 17 others during the annual Navy Recruiting Command’s Recruiter of the Year ceremony in Washington D.C. on May 17th.
Agunbiade was named the Officer Recruiter of the Year, and honored along with 17 others during the annual Navy Recruiting Command’s Recruiter of the Year ceremony in Washington D.C. on May 17th.

This is the kind of milestones we should build on, and Funaab alumni play a key role in achieving this institutional greatness by way of displaying outstanding academic standard by her graduates, exemplary leadership in all area of life by alumni the same way Harvard graduates does.

Perhaps, one day, FUNAAB shall achieve the same GREATNESS as these great universities of the world.

God Bless Funaab
God bless Funaabites

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