PROFESSOR Ayobami Salami, vice chancellor of Nigeria’s premier technical University, First Technical University (Tech-U), Ibadan has announced plans by the university to appoint Professors or Practice to join its growing faculty.
This was made known on Wednesday last week during the university’s second matriculation ceremony and investiture of ‘University Scholars’.
Addressing the audience, Professor Salami said, “As a way of enriching the experience of our students, Tech-U is putting finishing touches to a policy of attracting highly experienced industry players for appointment as Professors of Practice.”
Professors of Practice, he explained, are professionals, either practising or retired with or without traditional academic backgrounds, who have exceptionally distinguished themselves in their fields of practice.
Salami said the policy is strategic to the university which prides itself on its disruptive model of tertiary technical education, as it would further deepens the integration of academic scholarship with practical industry experience.
When fully implemented, Salami said the university would set the pace as the first institution in Nigeria to introduce this innovation.
“Knowing that delivering on our mandate of a unique educational model requires capable, experienced and passionate manpower, we have consistently ensured that we recruit the brightest hands in the various fields of study to teach our students.
“I am proud to say our growing faculty consists of some of the best from the available pool of experts. Additionally, we have also engaged scholars in the Diaspora as visiting lecturers to strengthen the pool,” he said.
Speaking further, the vice chancellor noted, “On our part, we will not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that we motivate our staff, who already are about the best paid in the public tertiary education system in Nigeria, to be able to nurture our students to become intellectual giants who dictate trends in their fields.”
The matriculation ceremony, which came only 10 months after the first, had in attendance the Oyo State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Bimbo Kolade, and other dignitaries, including chairmen of local governments in Oyo.
The event also doubled as the investiture ceremony of 14 outstanding students, dubbed as ‘Tech-U scholars’, who bagged a First Class in their first session with the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) ranging between 4.91 and 4.50 on a scale of maximum of 5.0.
Salami noted that out of all the pioneer students honoured, 12 of them were beneficiaries of the scholarship scheme endowed by chairmen of local governments in Oyo State.
Presenting their letters of award, the vice chancellor announced that the ‘Scholars’, in addition to the symbolic honour of joining procession during all university programmes, would also be paid N10,000 stipend monthly while the overall best student, James Olayemi Ogunro of the Mechanical Engineering Department, would collect N15,000 monthly, among other privileges.
Professor Salami also used the occasion to reel out achievements of the university over the last one and half years of its debut, including establishment of over a billion naira worth of Scholarship Bank to support brilliant but indigent students, robust partnerships with notable international and national organisations, and TETFund enlistment.