By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Vice-Chancellor, Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, Professor Joshua Ogunwole, has said there is need for Nigerian institutions to change the way students are taught in order to bring a desirable change to the country.
Ogunwole noted that Nigeria has gotten to a point where everything can be done with technology, therefore the need to adjust to the new normal.
He emphasized the need to interact with the modern generation students on the basis of technology to achieve desired results.
Fielding questions from journalists in Iwo, he disclosed that the University became the first university in Nigeria to change from a conventional teaching mode to an online mode.
According to him, “We have been talking about Teaching online before COVID-19 came. COVID-19 displayed our level of readiness. We never missed one day of our lecture when COVID-19 came. We transited to virtual mode of teaching immediately the school closed for the pandemic.
“The university developed a virtual learning platform. Bowen became the first university in Nigeria that changed to online mode from the conventional mode of teaching. Also, we remain the only university that invigilated our online examinations. We had one invigilator per forty students. Our students were taken aback when they saw the way we invigilated their exams. The students already have a webcam that records their conducts during the exams. Covid-19 has brought a new normal, and we are the ones that must adjust to the new normal.”
Ogunwole also advocated for collaboration among public and private universities in Nigeria to achieve success in research, adding that adequate structure must be available before embarking on research to get a good result.
He maintained that “for research to serve Nigeria well, there must be a structure. There needs to be collaboration among universities in Nigeria. No one single person can do all. You must acknowledge that some people are good in one area and others in another area and then you come together. By so doing and having a structure on ground while you also celebrate Nigeria scientists, of course, you are going to get result.”
While reeling out the achievements recorded in the school, Ogunwole said that Bowen University is partnering with USAID, New Zealand and other international organizations for the development of tomatoes, root crops, and other herbs.
“We are about signing an MoU with the maker of peak milk and three crown milk. They have built a centre at the university. Bowen will be a centre for milk collection. We have about 60 cows on ground and we are planning to make it 100,” he added.