AAUA Wins Inter-Varsity Debate Competition
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, has emerged the overall winner of the maiden edition of Professor Akinsola Akiwowo Inter-University Debate Competition which took place at Obafemi Awolowo, University, OAU, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
The debate, titled, “Ethno-religious Bigotry: The Mother of Terrorism,” was organized by the Nigerian Sociology and Anthropology Students Association (NSASA) of OAU. It featured the host institution, University of Lagos, University of Ibadan, Ekiti State University, University of Osun and Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State.
Miss Ifeoluwa Oluwatuase (400-Level) and Mr. Samson Adeoye (300-Level), both of the Sociology Department of AAUA, were declared overall winners at the end the third and final stage of the competition.
Receiving the Winner’s plaque in his , the Head of the Department of Sociology, Dr. Femi Tinuola, said, “This victory is a display of the ability and responsiveness of our students who have yielded to adequate and effective training by the crop of lecturers in the Department of Sociology. And the victory is dedicated to Professor Ajibefun Igbekele, our Vice Chancellor, who provided the enabling environment for such a giant victory.”
He said the Department was excited about the feat despite receiving the invitation to participate in the competition very late, adding that the victory was not unconnected with the track record of excellence in the University.
Professor Akiwowo was a frontline sociologist in Nigeria who, through his theory of ‘ajogbe & ajobi’, carved a niche for himself in indigenous sociology. He applied his theories toward putting up a clear understanding of human relationships in the African context. He retired at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, and later died in a German Hospital a few years ago.
AAUA Signs MoU with Auburn University
In its continuing efforts at deepening its academic programmes, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with Auburn University, Alabama, USA.
The MoU, which essentially is to facilitate exchange of students and staff, and research collaboration, among other benefits between the two Universities, was signed on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the Auburn University, Alabama, USA.
This development is coming barely four months after AAUA had signed a similar document with Alabama State University, USA, to further expand its global partnerships and broaden opportunities for its staff and students.
In his remark, the Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Professor Igbekele Ajibefun, who signed the MoU, on behalf of the University, expressed delight at the development which he described as worthwhile, promising to maximize the partnership in the interest of the University.
He said, “For us at Adekunle Ajasin University, It’s a worthwhile collaboration that we are happy about, cherish and treasure, and which we are going to maximize in the best interest of our University.”
The President of Auburn, Dr. Jay Gogue, expressed pleasure over the signing of the MoU with Adekunle Ajasin University, expressing confidence that the partnership would yield good fruits.
Dr. Gogue said, “We are pleased to partner with AAUA, Nigeria, and we are confident too that the partnership will yield good fruits.”
The Ondo State Head of Service, Barrister Toyin Akinkuotu, witnessed the signing.
Accreditation: AAUA DVC Attributes Success to Varsity’s Leadership, Stakeholders
The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Prof. (Mrs.) Oluyemisi Adebowale, has attributed the success recorded in the recently concluded accreditation exercise by the National Universities Commission to the pro-activeness of the Institution’s leadership and cooperation of all stakeholders.
It will be recalled that the result of the NUC accreditation exercise carried out late last year and released early this year, indicated that 26 of the 27 programmes presented by AAUA for the exercise got full accreditation, while the remaining one had interim accreditation.
Prof. Adebowale, who was excited that the University had the unprecedented record, said, “We thank God for the good leadership and preparedness of the Management team, and cooperation of all stakeholders at all levels.
“We were able to put our manpower (academic and non-academic personnel) together effectively to record the unprecedented success.
“The Management set up a mock accreditation team to look at our programmes, using the same criteria that the NUC would use. The report of the mock exercise helped us to pay close attention to the things that were needful.
“Besides, the quality of our facilities such as well-equipped laboratories and library, and a good number of Ph.D. holders were key to our success.”
She thanked all the members of the University Community for always demonstrating the winning spirit and excellence, which she said the University is known for.
The DVC said the University would continue to strengthen its workforce by giving them the necessary exposure, and improving on its facilities, noting, “We will not wait till when we have accreditation exercise before we do what we are supposed to do.”
Department Honours Ex-HOD
The Department of Physics and Electronics, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, last week held a reception in honour of its former Head and immediate past Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Rotimi Ajayi, who is now the Vice Chancellor of Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State.
Speaking at the event, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) of AAUA, Prof. Francis Oyebade, said Prof. Ajayi has been a good ambassador of the University.
Prof. Oyebade said AAUA would not rest on its oars in producing intellectuals that would be problem solvers in the society, adding that, “We will not just be producing Professors, we will also produce Nobel Laureates.”
He expressed the belief that Prof. Ajayi, who was once the Dean of the Faculty of Science at AAUA, would make a success of his new task at Crawford University, saying, “Because of the experience of Prof. Ajayi, Crawford University would be a varsity to beat by the time he completes his tenure.”
Prof. Oyebade thanked the Organizing Committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Sola Fayose and all the staff and students of the Department for organizing what he called a befitting reception for their erstwhile HOD.
In her remark, the AAUA DVC (Academic), Prof. (Mrs.) Oluyemisi Adebowale, appreciated Almighty God for elevating Prof. Ajayi.
While describing Prof. Ajayi as a God-fearing man who does his job willingly and diligently, she advised the gathering to imitate the distinguished Professor.
Also speaking, the incumbent HOD of the Department, Prof. N.O. Ajayi, thanked the Vice Chancellor of AAUA, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, for approving the reception and for his usual support to the Department, especially in the areas of research and good teaching.
Other members of staff and students of AAUA and Crawford University who spoke at the event, described the honouree as a mentor, motivator, foundation layer, loyalist, and stabilizer with the spirit of tolerance and humility.
Responding, Prof. Ajayi attributed his progress in life to God and appreciated the Department for the honour done him.
Prof. Ajayi, who joined the services of AAUA at the then Ondo State University (now Ekiti State University) in 1990 as an Assistant Lecturer, said, “I want to thank all the members of the University for their contributions to my success in life. I want to particularly appreciate Prof. Femi Mimiko for nurturing and teaching me the nuances of administration.”
He enjoined the gathering to be diligent, loyal to the system, respect constituted authority and stay connected with God, adding, “I remain your ambassador at Crawford University.”
The event was attended by the Principal Officers, Deans of Faculty, staff and students of AAUA, as well as staff and students of Crawford University.