Prof. Ayobami Salami Tech-U VC
16 Dec 2021

Being ranked 7th state university by NUC has energised us – Tech-U VC

The Vice Chancellor of the First Technical University, Ibadan, Professor Ayobami Salami, has said that the new ranking by the National University Commission, which rates Tech-U as the seventh state university, has energised its the management and staff.

Salami, whose tenure will end in a few months’ time, expressed delight and hope at the institution’s position in the new rankings.

Apart from the NUC’s recognition, other national and international bodies have acknowledged the fast pace at which Tech-U is growing.

The Tertiary Education Fund (TETFund) has, for instance, listed the institution and completed major projects that include the Engineering Workshop there.

According to the NUC, Tech-U is seventh in the rankings of the state universities and 27th among the 113 ranked nationally.

Established in 2017, Tech-U is about the youngest of the 31 state universities ranked, while there are many other federal, state and private ivory towers not even in the NUC rankings.

The attainment is also despite the fact that Tech-U is undergoing accreditation while it is just graduating the first set, with the maiden convocation coming up in March, 2022.

The two – accreditation and graduation – are said to be part of the criteria the NUC uses to rate the varieties.

The vice chancellor noted that Tech-U’s attainment, based on the ranking, showed that it was on its way to glory.

Professor Salami said, “The First Technical University is an institution with a novel vision and mission. Our philosophy is to develop brains and train the hands. We pay a lot of attention to entrepreneurial and vocational development as much as we build scholarship in our students. We are just four years old in the journey and now the NUC has rated us seventh among many state universities and 27th among all the universities in Nigeria – federal and also private ones.

“We are energised by this ranking. We can only say that we are challenged to do better.”