Convocation: Visitor Charges Ajasin Varsity to Improve Ranking
The Governor of Ondo State and Visitor to Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has expressed confidence in the ability of Ajasin Varsity to be one of the leading institutions in Africa, even as he charged the Management of the state-owned University not to rest on their oars in placing the Institution among the top 10 in the country.
The Visitor stated this on Friday while speaking at the grand finale of the 8th Convocation Ceremony of the University.
Represented by his Deputy, Barr. Agboola Ajayi, the Governor noted with joy that Ajasin Varsity has moved from her number 31 ranking last yeat to an enviable position of the 18th best Institution in the last Webometric ranking of Universities in Nigeria.
This, he said, points to the consistent backing of the state government, prudent management of available resources by the University Management and hard work by the workforce.
In his words, “The government of Ondo State is proud of Adekunle Ajasin University, an institution that has become a force to be reckoned with in its 19 years of existence where other universities are struggling to make name.”
“It is gratifying that graduates of this University are winning laurels and making waves globally. I would like to charge them to push further so that AAUA would be established as a global champion.
“The time is now for everybody, including corporate organisations and wealthy individuals to join hands with government in funding education as government alone cannot fund education.
“While as a government and proprietor to this university, we would contribute and continue to do our best to sustain the achievements of this great university, we would like to appeal to stakeholders to seek to time-tested and creative ways that have been used by world-class universities and deploy similar strategies to build the University.”
The Governor, who appreciated the supports of the University’s alumni, added that universities all over the world draw huge support from their alumni.
The Governor congratulated the 5, 252 graduands, especially the 31 who graduated with First Class, and their parents and wished them the best in their future endeavours.
Also speaking, the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. Tunji Abayomi, listed the various steps taken by Council to improve the fortunes of the Institution. He thanked parents and other stakeholders for their understanding and support during the recent increment in the school fees.
In his own speech, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, pledged that Management would continue to make inputs that would make the University stand shoulder high among her peers.
He pledged that staff would be given every assistance and support to improve on their training and welfare.
Highlights of the ceremony included the unveiling of the 31 First Class graduands, including the Overall Best Graduating Student, Komolafe Ebenezer Olorunwa, who graduated with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.74 from the Department of Science Education.
Also, a lawyer, business mogul and philanthropist, Mrs Siju Iluyomade, was honoured with the Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) of the University.
AAUA to develop Disease Reporting Apps
As part of the breakthroughs in its research and development efforts, Adekunle Ajasin University is set to develop a disease reporting application that would help in early detection of diseases.
The application, when fully developed, will also help to provide adequate and real time information system concerning diseases in human, crops and Animals; it will provide trends and pattern statistics to public health officials for decision making and allocation of resources, and provide platform to visualise and analyse diseases in Africa for proper planning.
The University, through its Centre for Research and Development, made this known, last week, during Research Exhibition and innovation display as part of the 8th convocation ceremony of the institution.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, commended the University’s Centre for Research and Development for this innovation, saying that research efforts of the University has kept the image of the University blistering and proved that the Institution is worth its salt as a 21st Century University properly called.
The VC said “I am glad that our lecturers are not just standing in the classroom alone, but have conducted various researches to contribute to both the University and the society, impacting students and producing quality research in just one year.
“Without research, all our efforts at teaching become nothing, because it is the outcome of your research that will produce excellent graduates, so, research is key to the development and achievement of the University system. Apart from teaching, research is one of the mandates of the University.
“A University that desires to be ranked must be ready to carry out cut-edge researches, and that is why the University appreciates the Centre for Research and development for organizing this”.
At the exhibition, other departments also displayed different research products. The department of Chemistry displayed an insecticide that has a shelf life of about four years, the CRDD will also produce a diabetics drugs which is currently under test by several medical institution around the world, the department of science Education displayed a manual grinding machine and other equipment produced, the Enactus team displayed two life-impacting projects of cocoa pods used to make fish feed, and the Agricultural department displayed several farm produce and livestock, all done during the year.
AAUA Graduates Have Excelled in All Areas of National economy -Faborode
Graduates of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, have been described as competent products that have “excelled in further studies for higher degrees as well as in the workforce for the State and other areas of the national economy.”
Michael Faborode, a Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering and former Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, made the assertion on Thursday, while delivering the 8th Convocation Lecture of the University titled, “The Nigerian Universities System: Stability, Local Relevance and Global Competitiveness.”
He lauded the University’s vision, saying it is strategic and well-rounded. In his words, “I can attest to the fact that, in spite of the general debility of the Nigerian university system, Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA) has acquitted herself well in producing very competent graduates, who have excelled in further studies for higher degrees as well as in the workforce for the State and other areas of the national economy.
“Perhaps the absence of the critical professional disciplines of medicine and allied sciences, engineering and built environment has limited the scope of her impact on the real economic sectors. Furthermore, the limitations of her reach are also circumstantial both nationally and by virtue of being a State University.”
He, however, advocated the need to develop the education sector of the country concerns, saying the ‘cacophony of concerns’ for the fate and health of the Nigerian university system from various individuals, groups are genuine and justified.
He said the first task was to undertake a situational and SWOT analyses of the past and present state of the Nigerian university system, leveraging on a participatory and inclusive engagement with the operators of the sector, including the Pro-Chancellors and Councils, Vice Chancellors and Senates, the Unions and all academics, as well as other key stakeholders who had expressed their concerns.
Professor Faborode said, “The areas reported to be challenging the system, such as: facilities for teaching, learning and research; funding, teacher quality and quantity (including quality of professors), governance (including stemming the tide of strikes), quality and relevance of graduates, access, research and postgraduate training should be reformed forthwith. Also academic corruption and other social vices should be expunged.”
According to Faborode, Adekunle Ajasin University, like almost all other Nigerian universities, has a wide scope for asserting its local relevance and, of course, radiate global visibility and competitiveness, considering its current status and ranking.
“All considered, one can say diplomatically that the best of AAUA is yet to come. Like almost all other Nigerian universities, there is yet a wide scope for asserting your local relevance and, of course, radiating global visibility and competitiveness, considering your current global ranking.
“From the global ranking tables, no matter whether you agree with them or not, they are there to prick your conscience. There is still a long way to go for AAUA (18 in Nigeria, 2001 in Africa, 4256 in the world). However, there is a place up there at the top of the ladder for AAUA, please go for it,” he charged.
Prof. Faborode concluded that universities have never been as crucial to nation states as they are today, if such nations or states are to be competitive in the global economy, noting that they need their university sectors to produce and apply knowledge, and to produce knowledgeable and well-skilled workers across the skills spectrum.
Ajasin Varsity VC Charges Graduands To Maintain Varsity’s Tradition of Excellence
The Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Professor Amos Igbekele Ajibefun, has charged graduands of the University to maintain the University’s tradition of excellence and the culture of good conduct instilled in them during the period of their training in the university.
Prof. Ajibefun gave the charge while addressing the congregation at the University Central Mosque during the special Jumat service which kick-started the 8th convocation ceremony.
He was represented by the Head of Department of Chemical Sciences, Professor Nurudeen Oladoja.
Professor Ajibefun said, “You have completed a cycle, you are moving to another stage. Keep the good virtues that have been instilled into you here at Adekunle Ajasin University and continue to be good ambassadors of the school.”
The VC used the occasion to appreciate members of the Muslim Community for imparting good morals to muslim students.
The Guest Lecturer, Islahudeen Salahudeen, spoke on the topic “Knowledge for Self-Reliance and Sustainable Development.” He stressed the importance of knowledge, saying, “This is not the end of knowledge, continue to seek knowledge and become self- reliant. Make yourself an innovator, make yourself a creator.”
The Chief Imam of the University’s Central mosque, Dr. Muslim Aminu, also reiterated the need for the graduands to be self-reliant.
Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor had, at the Convocation’s Inter-Denominational service on Sunday, urged staff and students to continue to cooperate with the management for effective administration and qualitative education.
He said the support and cooperation of both the staff and the students made it possible for the University to produce and present the new set of graduands for the 8th Convocation. He likened the graduation of students to the bounty harvest of a farmer, saying “We are very happy to present this set of graduands for Degree conferment. Just like a farmer is delighted harvesting his crops, so are we, because we have labored upon these set of people and we are glad to present them for these occasion”.
The Pentecostal Fellowship Association’s Vice President, Bishop O. J. Ayegbusi, in his sermon, charged all to ensure order, stating that orderliness invokes God’s blessings and promised fulfilment.
AAUA VC, Ajibefun, Others Receive UI’s Lifetime Award
Nigeria’s acclaimed Premier University, the University of Ibadan, has honoured a foremost Professor of Agricultural Economics and Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Professor Igbekele Amos Ajibefun, with Lifetime Achievement Award.
The historic event, which held at the Trenchard Hall of the prestigious institution, was part of the week-long Convocation and 70th anniversary of the University.
Professor Ajibefun was honoured with the distinguished award on Friday last week at a ceremony tagged, “Lifetime Achievement Awards/Night of Honour” alongside other eminent Nigerians, including a former Chairman of PUNCH Nigeria Limited and Chairman of Continental Re-Insurance Plc, Chief Ajibola Ogunshola, his wife, Iyabo, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of First Bank of Nigeria and some eminent Professors.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Abel Olayinka, said the awardees were carefully chosen based on their indelible marks on the sand of time and more importantly, their contributions to nation building and humanity in general.
Professor Ajibefun had earlier in 2017 received the Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of Ibadan.
The programme was chaired by Chief Subomi Balogun, who was represented by his son, Ladi, the Chief Executive Officer of the FCMB.