Vice Chancellor, First Technical University (Tech-U), Ibadan, Professor Ayobami Salami, has announced plans to appoint professors of practice to join the institution’s growing faculty.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer, Femi Babatunde, said the VC made this known on Wednesday, during the university’s second Matriculation Ceremony and investiture of 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.”
He explained that professors of practice were professionals, either practicing or retired with or without traditional academic backgrounds, who have exceptionally distinguished themselves in their fields of practice.
Salami said the policy was strategic to the university which prides itself for its disruptive model of tertiary technical education, as it would further deepen the integration of academic scholarship with practical industry experience.
He noted that when fully implemented, 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, Salami said.
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) ranged 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 Areas of Oyo State.
Presenting their letters of award, the VC announced that the Scholars, in addition to the symbolic honour of joining procession during all university programmes, will also be paid stipends of N10, 000 monthly while the overall best student, James Olayemi Ogunro of the Mechanical Engineering Department will collect N15,000 monthly, among other privileges.