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AAU President Challenges Universities On Economic Development

Posted: May 6, 2015 at 12:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuas, Lagos 


Nigerian universities have been challenged on the need to be well-positioned to give room for meaningful contributions of their quota to the socio-economic transformation of the nation.
President of the Association of African Universities (AAU), Professor Olusola Oyewole made the charge during an appraisal of the achievements and contributions of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) to the socio-economic sector of the nation.

Professor Oyewole who is the institution’s Vice Chancellor said the university has worked continuously to realise its vision, mission and mandate as enunciated by its founding fathers and in line with its statutes.
“Over the years according to him, FUNAAB had maintained high academic excellence through a conducive and peaceful teaching and learning environment and had produced graduates who had distinguished themselves in all facets of life.

He explained that the university has always been guided by personal values of integrity, good leadership, discipline and focus, contending that it had paid off as a World Bank Africa Centre of Excellence in Agriculture.

He assured that the institution remains committed to commencement of Distance Learning Programme to meet the yearnings of the nation as it also continue to enjoy the presence of international scholars to study in FUNAAB as the preferred choice for admission seekers.

Speaking about the place of Nigerian Universities in world ranking Professor Oyewole stated that universities in the world had moved from the ranking system to the rating system, whereby universities are rated on ability to meet the vision and mission that they had set for themselves.

On the food security challenges facing the nation, he explained that the university through IFSERAR, the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC), the Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS) and the Directorate of University Farms (DUFARMS) had been working tirelessly to ensure constant food security and community outreach.