…As anniversary gathers momentum
By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
In readiness for the 70th anniversary of the University of Ibadan (UI), it has been said that the institution recorded unprecedented achievements in the last seventy years of its existence as a premier university in the West Africa.
This was disclosed on Saturday by the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, during a press conference at the conference room of the university, heralding activities lined up for the anniversary.
While briefing journalists, he noted that the celebration was an opportunity to showcase the achievements of the university, as a truly national institution, a truly national resource and a national treasure.
Adding that they would use the process to solicit funds to upgrade their teaching and research facilities, Prof Olayinka stressed that the institution was further exploring ways to make itself less dependent on government funding.
He stated that for the institution to be a world class university, they needed to invest heavily in physical and infrastructural facilities, adding that it was imperative to address the acute shortage of office spaces for staff, classrooms and laboratories.
“Many senior members of the academic staff still share offices with colleagues. The multidisciplinary Central Research Laboratory will be strengthened with adequate facilities and manpower,” the VC pointed out.
As part of measures to be self-reliant, Prof Olayinka said the University has adopted a two-pronged approach involving a resources mobilisation plan and prudent management of the available resources.
“Elements of these include a regular income from commercial activities and increasing the endowment fund, research grants and the strategic funds that UI has available to use as it seems fit, to direct our course through these troubled and difficult times and beyond.
“We are partnering with industry, government and other stakeholders; strengthen our consultancy services; encourage grantmanship; mobilise funds from willing individuals and organisations including alumni, friends and general public.”
Prof Olayinka, however, pointed out that University of Ibadan, till date, has produced two hundred and thirty two thousand, two hundred and twenty-five graduates, adding that many of the alumni were now in high profile positions in various segments of the economy, both locally and internationally.
“As at the end of last session, we had a total of 35,084 students, comprising 14,354 undergraduates, 9,287 Distance Learning Students and 11,443 Post Graduates Students,” noting that the post graduate school was the flagship of postgraduate education and easily the largest of its type in the Sub-Saharan Africa.”