The establishment of the Technical University, Ibadan (Tech-U) by the Oyo State Government was part of the fulfilment of the Government’s vision for human capital development via the expansion of the opportunities. It was intended to enhance educational facilities and performance for prospective tertiary education beneficiaries in the state in particular and Nigeria at large.

On assumption of Office in 2011 as the Executive Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Senator Abiola Ajimobi conceived the idea of a Technical University which is a unique concept for the tertiary education sector in Nigeria.

The objectives of Tech-U are to:

  • Provide an exceptional educational experience for students by creating ambiance for living, teaching and learning
  • Equip every student with managerial skills consistent with international best practices
  • Maintain effective partnerships between the University and stakeholders in order to establish credible national and international collaborations
  • Pursue new and emerging areas of innovative research which are particularly relevant to the Nigerian economy such as cybersecurity, renewable clean energy resource technology, in-vitro fertility technology, Aircraft maintenance, nanotechnology, etc

The University’s mission is to cultivate a cadre of technical professionals with requisite entrepreneurial skills, capable of creating jobs and employment. This will be done by imparting sound theoretical knowledge and practical skills in various trades and disciplines to students. The focus is to provide the training and learning environment that produces exceptional graduates who are socially-conscious and technically-competent. Tech-U is committed to the efficient and responsible use of science, technology, engineering, and innovation in solving societal problems, while maintaining a culture of entrepreneurship anchored on quality programs that are responsive and financially suitable. The Technical University, Ibadan would provide succour to parents, who often send their wards to neighbouring countries for higher education, in addition to addressing the dearth of technical manpower critical to the socio-economic transformation of the country in general and Oyo state in particular.

The Implementation Committee consisting of members with mixed background and experience was set up in 2012. This Committee led by Prof. Dapo Afolabi (Former of Head of Service who was then appointed as the Acting Pro-Chancellor), produced the Academic Brief, Master Plan, Vision/Mission Statement, University Logo, Draft University Law, Modus Operandi and other details.

The Bill establishing the University was passed into Law and assented to by His Excellency on 12th July, 2012. The Technical University, Ibadan was formally recognized by the National Universities Commission (NUC) on 7th December, 2012 as the 38th State University and 125th University in the Nigerian University System.

A site of 200 hectares of land was allocated to the University along the Lagos/Ibadan expressway. It is situated in the Free Trade Zone Area in which about 175 manufacturing companies under the Pacesetter/Polaris (Chinese) Consortium will establish full presence and carry out their operations. It is therefore positioned in the proposed Industrial Hub of the State where the students will have the opportunities of industrial exposure and experience.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) intervened in 2013 by donating intervention projects comprising 500-seater library, 24 lecture rooms, offices and other conveniences to support the effective take-off of the University. The buildings were commissioned on 6th June, 2017.

The vision of the University is based on the Public-Private Partnership model in order to address the issue of adequate funding of the institution and wean the University from Government subvention. It is therefore a full fee-paying University.

Professor Ayobami Salami was appointed as the Pioneer Vice Chancellor of the University on 8th May, 2017. Prof. Salami is a Former Director, Institute of Ecology and Environmental Studies as well as Former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Former Head of Department, Environmental Science, University of The Gambia, The Gambia; Former Visiting Scholar, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Visiting Scholar, International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Enschede, The Netherlands; and Eisenhower Fellow, Philadelphia, USA. The Vice Chancellor assumed office on 9th May, 2017.

Approval was also given by His Excellency for the appointment of Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, with effect from 16th May, 2017. Prof. Ibidapo-Obe (FA.Eng, FAS) is a Fellow, African Academy of Science (FAAS); Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS); Former Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Lagos; and Former Vice Chancellor, Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State. He is a scientist of vast local and international exposure, experience and linkages.

Further to the appointment of Principal Officers of the University, the National Universities Commission (NUC) carried out a Resource Verification assessment from 12th – 14th July, 2017 and subsequently granted approval for all the proposed take-off academic programmes for the University with effect from 2017/2018 academic session.

Notice to Prospective Students

The Technical University, Ibadan has received the nod of all regulatory authorities to commence academic activities from the current 2017/2018 academic year. Consequently, the University will admit the first set of students to all its academic programmes in the current admission cycle. All candidates interested in being considered for admission to any of the 15 accredited programmes are hereby advised to apply to JAMB for a change of University to pick The Technical University, Ibadan as one of their choices. JAMB will thereafter forward the details of each candidate that applies to the University for further consideration.

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From the Vice Chancellor


Welcome to Tech-U

It is with unfeigned joy that I welcome you to the Technical University (Tech-U), Ibadan. An initiative of the Oyo State Government, Tech-U was established to combat the growing scourge of youth unemployment in Nigeria.

Nigeria is currently faced with myriads of challenges relating to the empowerment, education and employment of its teeming youth. According to the National Population Commission (NPoC, 2013), about half of Nigeria’s population of 182 million people is made up of youth (that is, individuals between 15 and 34 years). Yet, the combined admission capacity of the Nigerian University System, public and private, is barely up to 40% of qualified and eligible candidates. A more fundamental problem is the persistent and growing complaint about gaps in the employability of Nigerian graduates; majority of whom are considered as not being market-ready. This gap is attributable in part to the apparent lack of entrepreneurial orientation of several academic programmes in the Nigerian University System. The Technical University (Tech-U), Ibadan, the first of its kind in Nigeria and in West and Central Africa, was therefore established to expand access to University education and more importantly to address the employability gaps through entrepreneurial orientation of the average Nigerian youth.

The University is located in Ibadan, the largest city in West Africa and situated on a 200 ha of land along Ibadan-Lagos Expressway; in the Free Trade Zone Area in which about 175 local and foreign manufacturing companies will establish presence and carry out their operations. This is a deliberate and conscious decision that was intended to give students easy and direct access to ample opportunities for industrial exposure and hands-on experience. It will also engender strong collaboration with the University in the provision of services aimed at accelerating the growth and expansion of the industries located around the University area.

The Technical University is a unique institution that is committed to training its students to create tomorrow today by giving them access to a broad range of knowledge that allows them to develop the capacity to innovate. Through unwavering commitment to the time-honoured principles of impactful innovation, first-rate research collaborations, exceptional services, unalloyed integrity, and unyielding quest for excellence, we seek to develop hands and minds that will meaningfully improve the human condition in Nigeria and beyond. As a technical university, we have an abiding obligation to efficiently and responsibly use theoretical and practical knowledge of science, technology, and engineering in engaging societal problems, while maintaining a culture of entrepreneurship anchored on quality programmes that are responsive and financially suitable. It is in that connection that we provide entrepreneurial and vocational trainings to all students.

Irrespective of their areas of study, all our students will have to be certified fit in two vocational training programmes before graduation. In order to make our graduates globally competitive and relevant, all students will also be required to go through French language competence courses and undergo immersion programme as a prerequisite for graduation. In addition, they are required to learn at least one other Nigerian language, other than their mother tongue.

Quite important as well is the fact that we do not set out to train only Nigerians. We are open to train young people from different parts of the world, particularly Africa and specifically West Africa. We are intentionally disposed to universalising our institution. As a matter of policy, our students and staff will be given international exposure and in that context be involved in global best practices in training and knowledge production.

Like every other thing, we place high premium on security. To this end, our campus boasts of such a multi-layered security network. The security system is both visible and invisible. All major areas of the campus are under adequate and comprehensive security cover. Within what is humanly possible, we do ensure that our environment is adequately secured.

Tech-U is open to all and on behalf of the University, I invite you to join us as students, staff, partners, and supporters of our ideals and ideas as we strive to make a turn-around in the education of our youth for a better tomorrow and in development-oriented research to provide innovative solutions to societal problems and accelerated industrial revolution in Nigeria and beyond.

As I welcome you here again, I invite you to explore the Tech-U website, our communication and information highway. You are free to talk to us and engage us constructively.

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