AAUA VC Charges Matriculating Students on Good Conduct, Impacting Society
New students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State, have been urged to take advantage of their admission to become leaders, problem solvers, innovators and entrepreneurs that will positively impact their society.
The Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, stated this at the Matriculation Ceremony for the 5, 305 new students admitted for the 2017/2018 session on Thursday.
Prof. Ajibefun told the matriculating students to consider themselves lucky to be among the 18.10 percent chosen from the over 29, 307 candidates who picked AAUA as first choice, pointing out that only a negligible percentage of students seeking admission to universities in the country get admitted at the end of every year.
He said, “A university is a destination for knowledge seekers, potential leaders, thinkers, problem solvers, innovators and entrepreneurs who are intent on gaining knowledge with a view to turning their societies around, impacting humanity and making the world a better place.
“A matriculation ceremony is, therefore, an occasion for making these potential leaders to swear to an Oath and to formally admit them into this enviable class. Membership of this class is for a privileged few who the society looks up to for impact, direction and leadership. This is because the university, like leadership, is composed of a few who give direction for the teeming population to follow.
“It is not therefore a surprise that, every year, the number of candidates given university admission worldwide is small in comparison to admission seekers. Of the over 20, 000 candidates that applied to Adekunle Ajasin University this year for instance, only 5, 305, representing about 18.10 per cent were admitted.
“Belonging to this privileged few is an opportunity that you should guard jealously by concentrating on your studies and avoiding acts that can rob you of your dream.”
The Vice Chancellor assured the new students of the quality and track records of the Institution. He listed the distinguishing factors of the University to include its merit-driven admission policy, quality and award-winning staff, relevant infrastructures and a conducive environment that drives research and learning.
He also itemised the feats and milestones achieved by the university’s products in national and international exams and competitions in various walks of life, including the Nigerian Law School, the Commonwealth and the Olympic Games.
Speaking further, Prof. Ajibefun said, “Distinguished fresh students, this is the university to which you have been admitted. Your admission offers you an opportunity to study in an excellent learning environment, achieve distinction, exude leadership and generally unleash your potential to a world waiting for your impact and eager to admit you to its Hall of Fame.
“As you are all aware, achieving the above is not a piece of cake. It is about burning the midnight oil and being faithful to your Matriculating Oath, which is your pact with the University and a barometer for measuring your standing while your studentship lasts.
“I, therefore, urge you to imbibe, in your journey through the University, the nuggets of hard work, discipline, diligence and character, which have earned your university and predecessors multiple laurels.”
He counselled the new students to shun criminal acts such as examination misconduct, cultism, rape, internet fraud and other vices capable of robbing them of their studentship. He also disclosed that the institution has sufficient instruments to fish out erring students and dealing with them in accordance to the rules of the University.
The Registrar later administered the Matriculation Oath on the new students and led them to pledge to shun vices and strictly abide by the rules and laws governing the University.
Several important guests witnessed the ceremony including the Chairman of the institution’s Governing Council, Dr. Tunji Abayomi, and a UNESCO ambassador and visiting don from Brussels, Dr. Ino Mirkovic.
Also present were Principal Officers of the Institution, including the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olugbenga Ige; Registrar, M. S. Ayeerun; Bursar, O. V. Ologun, FCA; University Librarian, Dr. Rotimi Egunjobi; Deans of Faculty and other senior officers of the University, as well as parents and guardians of the matriculating students.
AAUA Floats School of Music and Dance
In its efforts to expand the university’s academic programme and make it stand out among its peers, a new Institute of Dance and Music will soon take off in Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, AAUA, Ondo State, to grow and modernize African traditional music and dance and further enhance its marketability and global appeal.
This was disclosed on Thursday by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, while presenting a visiting don and UNESCO Cultural Ambassador to over 100 countries and global icon in the music world, Dr. Ino Mirkovic, who was in the Institution to facilitate the take-off of the proposed Institute.
Flanked by the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. Tunji Abayomi and Dr. Mirkovic, the Vice Chancellor said universities are institutions meant to bring the world to its immediate community and also blaze the trail in innovation and uniqueness.
Also speaking, Dr. Abayomi said the project was born out of his vision and commitment to raise Ajasin Varsity to international heights and help build a university whose graduates will be competitive globally. He reiterated that Dr. Mirkovic would work as a consultant in setting up an Institute of Music and Dance.
Speaking on the issue, Dr. Mirkovic said music started from Africa before coming to Europe. He added that his task was to help set up a department or an institute for music and dance using his global experiences and contacts to drive the project as a way of “paying back and bringing music back to its source, Africa.”
In his words, “I am invited here to help establish a Department for Arts or Music and Performing Arts. For me, this is going to be very challenging because Nigeria has a tradition in music and dance. I also think it will be challenging to bring the knowledge and the experience of western and eastern cultures and to upgrade the local culture here to have a new mixture which has never happened before.”
He promised to bring his expertise to bear on the project and to organize a student and staff exchange programme between AAUA and other global institutions running courses in music and dance.
With a fledgling Department of Performing Arts, the new School of Music and Dance would further help position the institution as “a 21st Century University, properly called”.
AAUA Moves to Boost Healthcare Delivery for Staff, Students
Poised to ensure prompt and effective healthcare delivery to its staff and students, the Management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, has signed an agreement with a Medical Expenses Administration, MEDEXIA Limited.
MEDEXIA Limited, which operates under the auspices of Health Maintenance Organization, specializes in the management of medical expenses benefits for corporate employees through its scheme such as third party administration, clinic management, health audit, and health, safety and environment consultancy.
Signing the agreement on behalf of the University, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, thanked the Director of Services of the University, Dr. Mathew Idoko, for fast tracking the long-awaited agreement.
The VC said the numbers of staff and students of the University have increased, thus, the need for efficient and improved healthcare services.
Earlier, the Head of Marketing, MEDEXIA Ltd., Mr. Adesuyi Babalola, had thanked the University Management for the trust reposed in the organization for partnership. He promised that the MEDEXIA would not disappoint the University.
Encomia, As Education Faculty Honours Prof. Ibukun
The Faculty of Education of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, on Wednesday, played host to academics within and outside the State, as well as associates, friends and family of its renowned Professor of Educational Management, Williams Olusola Ibukun, to honour him for his inestimable services to the Faculty, the University, humanity and the nation’s education sector in general.
A book, titled, “Educational Development in Africa,” was written and launched in honour of Professor Ibukun who was a former acting Vice Chancellor of the University.
Speaking at the event, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, who was represented by the University Librarian, Dr. Rotimi Egunjobi, described Prof. Ibukun as a distinguished scholar who upholds academic culture and standards at all times.
While acknowledging the administrative acumen of the Professor of Educational Management, Dr. Egunjobi commended the Faculty of Education for honouring the Don in his lifetime.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the Head of the Department of Educational Management, Dr. Oluwole Alabi, said honouring Prof Ibukun with a book launch was to justify his philosophy of life, “which is to educate and lighten the world, using the instrumentality of education and model life examples.”
Addressing the gathering, the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof. Nireti Duyilemi, said Prof. Ibukun has been an inspiration to both staff and students, describing him as a mentor, a teacher to the core, a diligent academic and a disciplined family man.
Also, the immediate past Dean of the Faculty and Kalasuwe of Apoiland, Oba (Prof.) Sunday Amuseghan, described the honouree as a Professor of Professors whose wealth of pedagogic experience and morals have impacted many people.
Other people who spoke at the event described Prof. Ibukun, who had at one time or another, served as Acting Vice Chancellor of both Ondo State University (now Ekiti State University), and AAUA, as a complete kind-hearted man whose penchant for the growth and development of humanity and society is tremendous.
Responding, the honouree thanked the leadership and all members of the Faculty for the honour done him, urging them to continue to give their best to the service of mankind. He also appreciated the past and present authorities of the University for their supports over the years and for giving him the opportunity to serve in numerous capacities.
Highlights of the event included, cultural dance and songs, and presentation gifts to the honouree.
Dignitaries at the event include, wife of the honouree, Ibiyemi, and children; the University Registrar, Mr. Sunday Ayeerun; immediate Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Prof. (Mrs.) Oluyemisi Adebowale; ASUU Chairman, Dr. Sola Fayose; former Accountant General of Ondo State and Chief Launcher, Mr. Lawrence Ibukun, and the book reviewer, Prof. A. I. Ajayi, and other senior University officials.
AAUA ASCMS Adjudged Best
The Zonal Coordinator of the Ondo State Cooperative Services, Mrs. Tola Ajayi, has adjudged the Academic Staff Cooperative Multipurpose Society, ASCMS, of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, the best in the state.
Mrs. Ajayi made the declaration on Thursday last week during the 13th Annual General Meeting of the society.
Mrs. Ajayi, who represented the Director of the State Cooperative Services, Mr. Williams Braiye, commended the efforts of the leadership of the Society under the leadership of Dr. Adedayo Afe, stressing that the society is being administered in line with the guiding rules and regulations.
Speaking earlier, the President of the Society, Dr. Afe, had thanked fellow cooperators for cooperating with the Management Committee to achieve success.
Dr. Afe highlighted some of the achievements of the Society in the 13th AGM financial year to include steady increase in operational results, membership and member’s dividends; sustained availability of consumer items, disbursement of loans at regular intervals, and operation of open-door administration.
The President appreciated the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, and the Bursar, Mrs. Olubunmi Ologun, FCA, for making the financial year a huge success.
Compendium of AAUA Research
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