Black Excellence: Nigerian Lecturer Emerges Overall Best PhD Student In Thailand

There is no limitation to the excellent feats Black people are achieving across the globe. Auwal Bala Abubakar has emerged as the overall best PhD student in the Faculty of Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Abubakar won the coveted Thailand’s Highest Journal Citation Report (CJR), after his PhD dissertation in mathematical science. The Nigerian scholar revealed that his dissertation was considered the best when his research outputs were published in journals with more impact factors than others.

He however, disclosed that he published six research papers in highly reputable journals, such as Numerical algorithms, Computational and applied mathematics, and Journal of Franklin Institute. 

Abubakar, a lecturer at the department of mathematical sciences, Bayero University Kano said he is happy about his achievement. Speaking on how he emerged as the overall best in Thailand University, Dr Auwal explained: 

‘There is a foundation called Dr. Tab Nilanhidi Foundation under the Faculty of Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. This foundation at the end of each academic year, will request all universities in Thailand to submit dissertation of all their graduating students which includes undergraduate, Masters and PhD. After the universities submit to them, they will categorize them based on discipline. For example, Mathematics category, Physics, Chemistry and so on. Under each category, they will assess the outputs of each dissertation based on Journal Citation Report (JCR) impact factor and select the three candidates with the highest impact factor. Alhamdulillah, I was lucky to be among the three under Mathematics category and also best of the three, that is the winner. That foundation I mentioned above organizes and hosts the award every year.” 

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