The University of Ife was constructed by the Israeli architect Arieh Sharon between the years 1962 and 1972 with the assistance of architects Eldar Sharon and Harold Rubin. The university is considered one of the premier academic institutions in Nigeria and has produced major award-winning scholars and researchers. The architectural design sets an African sensibility within a European context and effectively underscores the mission of the university. As Sharon stated, "form follows function." The language developed on the Nigerian campus thus integrated local artistic and other motifs in Modernist buildings. The University of Ife: The University of Ife, today known as the Obafemi Awolowo University, was established in 1962 in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. This public university is now considered one of the best universities in Africa, and is home to Nobel Laureate and National Merit Award winning staff members, United Nations publications, and the buildings of Israeli architect Arieh Sharon. Structurally, the University of Ife includes a central campus (with academic, administrative, and service areas), student residential area (with 10 undergraduate hostels and a postgraduate residence hall), staff quarters, and a Teaching and Research Farm.