AAUA VC Lists Bane of Nigerian Varsities, Roles of Alumni
Caption: The overall winner (Red House) of the 2017 AAUA Inter-House Sports… on Thursday last week. Inset: Presentation of the Cup to the Captain of the Red House. Photo: IPPRU
Poor funding, declining academic ethics and culture, as well as waning societal values are the chiefly responsible for the many crises rocking the university system in Nigeria. And these challenges have done incalculable damage to the image of citadels of learning in the country.
This submission was made by the Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Prof Igbekele Ajibefun, in a Lecture he delivered on Thursday last week at the 2017 Convention of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) Alumni Association held in the State capital. The paper was titled ‘In the face of crisis: What should be the role of alumni association?’
Prof. Ajibefun lamented that conflicts in Nigerian universities, which used to be confined to students’ agitation, have regrettably been taken over by members of staff of the various institutions.
He said, “The most intractable form of conflict used to be students unrest. However, things have changed in recent years. Strikes and protests by members of staff are now more responsible for cases of closure of universities. The problem started to make our universities that are supposed to be ‘universal’ in nature to become ‘un-universal’, that is Nigerian universities are gradually moving away from being international communities.”
While noting that conflicts cannot be completely eliminated from any society, the AAUA Vice Chancellor pointed out that crises in Nigerian universities take different forms. These, he said, include conflict between academic staff and varsity management, academic staff versus their non-teaching counterparts, students versus management, and so many others.
Speaking further, Prof. Ajibefun said the negative news flowing from Nigerian universities, especially through the instrumentality of social media, is negatively affecting the image of the system and that of the country.
He said, “The use of ICT, particularly the social media, has turned the world into a global village. Negative news, whether real or imagined, spread like wide fire in the social media.”
Prof. Ajibefun, therefore, urged every stakeholder in the university system to avoid acts that could negatively impact the good name and image of the system.
He said, “The alumni and other stakeholders must rise to challenge the challenges. Although the challenges in the university system are so enormous, the time has come for us to challenge those challenges as they are not insurmountable.”
Prof Ajibefun pointed out that the alumni of the renowned Harvard University play a significant role in making the institution the premier university that it is today. He noted that “Harvard alumni founded an estimated 146,429 ventures generating approximately $3.9 trillion annual revenues in the year 2013. That equates roughly to the GDP of Germany, the fourth largest economy in the world.
“The experience of Harvard demonstrates the remarkable breadth and depth of alumni impact across sectors, industries and communities globally. The research provides a wealth of insight into the great contribution alumni can make to university and national development.”
The event, which was graced by numerous members of FUTA Alumni from all walks of life, also has the Vice Chancellor of FUTA, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola, and several other officials of the university in attendance.
AAUA Signs another Affiliation Agreement Vows to Maintain Leading Spot
The Management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, says it would not rest on its oars in maintaining the position of the institution as a leading citadel of learning in the country and beyond.
This was stated by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, at the signing of an affiliation agreement with the Bethel College of Education, Ijare, Ifedore Local Government Area of the State, on Wednesday, last week.
The agreement would allow the college to run its education-related courses in affiliation with the University’s Institute of Education.
Prof. Ajibefun further said that the University’s Institute of Education would ensure strict compliance with the rules and ethics guiding the programmes with the aim of ensuring high quality and standard of the programmes and their graduates.
He posited that the working relationship between the two institutions would be watered and given every needed incentive to grow and flourish. Prof. Ajibefun maintained that AAUA would diligently supervise the programmes to ensure compliance with best practices.
In his remark, the Provost the College, Dr. Joseph Adamolekun, thanked the University for approving the partnership and noted that the college has every necessary facility to guarantee quality learning and academic research.
He said the agreement would further bolster the rising profile of the college in the State and make it the preferred destination for those seeking a carrier in education and its affiliates. Present at the event were the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Olugbenga Ige; Registrar, Mr. Sunday Ayeerun; University Librarian, Dr Rotimi Egunjobi; Associate Director, Institute of Education, Dr. Jude Akomolafe; Head, Legal Unit, Mr. Peter Alede, among other university officials.
Academic Staff Cooperators Elect New Leaders
Members of the Academic Staff Cooperative Multipurpose Society, ASCMC, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, have elected a new set of executives to pilot the affairs of the society.
The election which was held on Tuesday saw Dr. Adedayo Afe emerging the President. Other officers-elect are Dr Samuel Akinwotu (Secretary), Dr. Simeon Olaogun (Treasurer), Dr. (Mrs.) O. M. Eludoyin (Welfare), and Dr. S. Awoniyi (Vice President).
In a statement signed by the Secretary, the new President-elect, Dr. Afe, thanked all cooperators for their support and vote, adding, “We are humbled by your gesture and we promise to justify the hope you reposed in us.”
RESUMPTION OF STUDENTS FOR THE FOURTH CONTACT OF THE 2015/2016 CONTACT SESSION
This is to inform the University Community that the Sandwich students of the institution of Education will resume for the Fourth Contact of the 2015/2016 Contact Session on Sunday, 2nd April, 2017 as follow:
100-200 Level – St. Patrick College, Iwaro-Oka
500 Level – St. Patrick College, Iwaro-Oka
We expect about Five Hundred students for 100 – 200 level and Four Hundred students for 500 level.
The schedule of activities for the contact as specified in the approved calendar for the 2015/2016 Contact Session are as listed below:
Week 16: 2nd – 8th April, 2017 – Lectures Continue
Week 17: 9th – 15th April, 2017 – Revision
Week 18: 16th -22nd April, 2017 – Examinations Begin
Week 19: 23rd – 29th April, 2017 – Examinations End
PAR/Secretary, Institute of Education