Ajasin Varsity Solicits Cooperation in Moulding Students to Be Global Citizens
A call has gone to parents and other stakeholders to join hands with the Management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State, in providing functional education to students and moulding them to be responsible and ultimately become valuable world citizens.
This call was made by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) of the Institution, Prof. Olugbenga Ige, while speaking at the 2017/2018 session Matriculation Ceremony for students of the College of Education, Ero-Akure held on Saturday June 2, 2018at the Igbara-Oke campus of the College.
The College is affiliated to the University and runs Degree programmes in Education-based courses.
Prof. Ige told the 250 matriculating students to consider themselves fortunate to be students of a university that has been twice ranked as Best State University in Nigeria by international and local standards, the cleanest state university in Nigeria, the most subscribed state university in South-West Nigeria, and an institution that has continued to carve a niche for itself as first among equals.
He noted that university education is a veritable vehicle for lifting people up the rungs of societal ladder, as universities are known as incubators of knowledge and shapers of society and its overall development.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor called on the students to “imbibe the time-tested personal virtues of hard work, honesty, creativity, resourcefulness and selflessness so as to find a meeting point between your personal goals and our institutional vision of self-reliance, apprenticeship and excellence in character and learning.”
He, however, warned them against social vices that could make them lose their studentship. In his words, “Adekunle Ajasin University has zero tolerance for indiscipline, misconducts, vices and crimes. As you take your matriculation oath today, I urge you to desist from vices such as cult practices, examination misconducts, armed robbery, kidnapping, rape and violent tendencies that can rob you of your hard-earned studentship. Involvement in any of the above could earn you express dismissal from the University. I implore you today to be good ambassadors of this Institution.”
The Registrar, Mr. Sunday Ayeerun administered the matriculation oath of allegiance on the students.
The matriculation ceremony was graced by parents, friends and well wishers of the matriculating students, as well as community leaders and members of the academic community.
The team from the University later paid a courtesy call on the monarch, Oba Adefarakanmi Agbede, the Olowa of Igbara-Oke in his palace. The traditional ruler assured the University that all the stops would be pulled out to ensure a memorable stay for both students and staff. He noted that his people are accommodating, tolerant and friendly and would thus gladly contribute to the success of the College.
Other officials that joined the DVC on the event included the Director of Institute of Education of the University, Dr. Jude Akomolafe; Secretary of the Institute, Mr. Gabriel Ayimoro; and the Deputy Registrar (Academic Affairs), Mr. Opeoluwa Akinfenwa.
Officials of the College of Education, Ero-Akure present were: the Provost, Mr. Ajayi Abayomi; Registrar, Mrs. Olubukola Fasua; Bursar of the College, Adebiyi Obele; and the Proprietor, Oyeleye Fasua.
AAUA Humboldt Kollege 2018: Solutions to Nigeria’s Challenges in Its Institutions -VC
Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, AAUA, Ondo State, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, has said that Nigerian universities and other research-based institutions have the capacity to take the nation out of its myriad of economic and social quagmires.
Prof. Ajibefun made the submission during the opening session of the AAUA Humboldt Kollege 2018, tagged, “The Role of Commercialisation of University-Based Research Results for National Development,” hosted by the University in Akungba last week. It was attended by six Vice Chancellors while over 80 papers were presented, excluding the ones from Humboldtians from several universities.
Alexander von Humboldt Kollege is an academic cum social programme that is solely sponsored by the AvH Foundation for continuous support and strengthening of its worldwide Humboldtian network. The programme is designed to promote research cooperation between outstanding researchers from abroad and Germany, and offers sponsorship to individuals based of achievements and qualifications.
Prof. Ajibefun said, “The country is grappling with myriads of economic and social challenges, whose solutions are already documented or about to be documented in research reports that usually accumulate dust on our shelves in different Nigerian universities and other research-based institutions that littered the country.”
The VC and Chief Host, however, noted that paucity of operational funds was a bane to advancing researches and their commercialisation with a view to addressing the nation’s challenges.
Substantiating that Ajasin Varsity places importance on research for national development, the VC said, “Our University has pioneered a paradigm shift from the concept of ‘publish or perish for promotion’ to ‘publish or perish for national development’.”
Earlier, the Convener and Dean, Faculty of Science, Prof. Timothy Adejumo, had noted that the aims of the four-day conference is bringing together of university-based researchers, policy makers, industrialists, and others to share best practices and experiences, exchange knowledge and collectively identify practical ways to address common challenges.
He thanked the Keynote Speaker and Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, other speakers and participants for their cooperation and participation.
The Keynote Speaker, Prof. Olayinka, who talked on “Paradigm Shift for University/Industry Collaboration”, said “If universities cannot excel in research, they cannot therefore, provide or create new knowledge. Lack of sufficient research undermines the very core business of the Africa Universities and undermines sustainable development.”
He, however, said government and its agencies must develop research infrastructure, and African Universities must strengthen research, while there must be more collaboration between Industry and Academia.
AAUA’s Win at Inter-Varsity Debate, Proof of Varsity’s Excellence – VC
The Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, AAUA, Ondo State, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun has described as a fitting testimony to the Institution’s rising excellence, news of the emergence of the University as first runner-up at an Inter-Varsity Debate competition hosted by the University of Ilorin.
The Debate, which was organised by the Department of Political Science, University of Ilorin, pitted the host institution, with Adekunle Ajasin University, the University of Ibadan, and Fountain University, Osogbo as competitors.
Reports indicate that the debate, whose theme was, Youth: A beckon of hope towards our political advancement, was keenly contested as the contending institutions battled it out for the points at stake.
The duo of Dada Ifeoluwa and Owoola Iyanuoluwa from the Departments of Political Science and Public Administration represented AAUA at the competition.
Prof. Ajibefun said the victory is proof of the University’s commitment to excellence. “It is fulfilling that our students have again show the world that excellence is for us a stock in trade. It further shows that our history of distinctions is something that we are consistently updating. It is proof of AAUA’s commitment to excellence.”
At the end of the Debate, University of Ibadan, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, and University of Ilorin emerged Winner, first runner-up, and second runner-up, respectively.
First Class Graduate Points Way to Academic Excellence
The pioneer First Class graduate in the Department of Earth Sciences of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Mr. Olumide Taiwo, has advised students of the institution to work hard, saying there is no short cut to achieving real success.
He gave the advice during an interactive engagement with a cross-section of students of the Department on campus.
Mr. Taiwo came to campus in company with his colleagues from Chevron Corporation to donate some materials which he facilitated to AAUA.
Responding to questions on how he set a first-class record in the Department in 2008, Mr. Taiwo said, “I want to attribute whatever I am and have to God because He is the giver and sustainer of life and everything.
“My advice to all students is to put in their best. Everyone in my set took academic very seriously. Almost immediately we resumed, we started night class. We didn’t go there to joke or throw banters, but to do serious reading. From the start to the end of my own story about academics, is there are no short cuts; you just have to put in your best. That was exactly what I did and of course, the grace of God supported. I said to myself that I was going to make a First Class and it happened.
“Back in the days, in the front of all my books, I wrote, “Greater than or equals to eight”. For me, that’s very symbolic. It’s my daily reminder that, “Have I done serious study today?” so, even if I am dying, I must do at least, eight hours of studying. The minimum I had daily was eight hours. Of course I did more most times. No short cut, you can be whatever you want to be.
“Also, persistence would help you to sustain your achievements. I got into Chevron without “pressing a button.” About 55,000 people applied for the job, I think, and Chevron wanted just 10. And I am among the 10. So, work hard to be what you want to be.”
On why he has decided to give back to AAUA, an unassuming Mr. Taiwo, said, “Well, I believe that if you’re blessed and your blessing is not a blessing to other people that is not a blessing. Right from when I was on my Master’s programme, I have been encouraging many of us to come back and give to the university, but a lot of people have been lethargic about this because of their bad experience on campus.
“But if we say that some of the people that taught us gave us bad experience, and because of that we would not give back to the younger generations, it’s like we are not doing ourselves good because those guys would come out the university and probably would not get the best. Whatever we have to give to impact our society, let’s give it. If the society is good, we also would be better for it.”
CIRCULAR TO ALL STUDENTS:
EXTENSION OF REGISTRATION AND CLOSURE OF E-PORTAL
This is to inform all students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko that the Management of the University at its emergency meeting of Thursday, May 31, 2018, considered a request by the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Student’s Union (AAUASU) for a 5-week extension of the deadline for registration; and decided that:
The deadline for registration for the First Semester 2017/2018 Academic Session and the closure of the e-portal should be extended by three (3) weeks with effect from Saturday, May 26, 2018 to Friday, June 15, 2018;
Late registration which will attract penalty will run from Saturday, June 16 to Thursday, June 28, 2018.
All students are advised to note the extension of the deadline for registration and complete their registration accordingly. The Student’s Union Executive is therefore requested to inform all students about the decision of Management to enable them complete their registration.
By copies of this circular, all Deans and Heads of Department are kindly requested to note the decision of Management for implementation and give this circular a very wide publicity among their students.