The Vice-Chancellor of the First Technical University (Tech-U), Ibadan, Ayobami Salami, on Wednesday announced plans by the university to appoint professors of practice to join its growing faculty.
Mr Salami, a professor, made this known during the university’s second matriculation ceremony and investiture of its university scholars.
Addressing the audience, Mr Salami said as a way of enriching the experience of its students, Tech-U is putting finishing touches to a policy of attracting highly experienced industry players for appointment as ‘Professors of Practice’.
According to him, Professors of Practice are professionals, either practicing or retired, with or without traditional academic backgrounds, who have exceptionally distinguished themselves in their fields of practice.
Mr Salami said the policy is 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.
The vice-chancellor said: “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.”
Speaking further, the he 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 university’s matriculation ceremony, which is coming 10 months after the first, had in attendance Oyo State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Bimbo Kolade, and other dignitaries including chairpersons of local governments areas in Oyo.
The event also doubled as the investiture ceremony of 14 outstanding students, dubbed as Tech-U scholars, who bagged First Class in their first sessions with the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) ranged between 4.50 and 4.91 on a maximum scale of 5.0.
Mr Salami noted that out of 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 vice-chancellor 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 stipend monthly while the overall best student, James Ogunro of the Mechanical Engineering Department will collect N15, 000 monthly, among other privileges.
Mr Salami also used the occasion to reel out achievements of the university over the last one and half years of its debut. These, according to him, included stable academic calendar, the establishment of over a billion Naira worth of Scholarship Bank to support brilliant but indigent students, robust partnerships with notable international and national organisations, TetFund enlistment, infrastructural development, among others.
Located in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, Tech-U prides itself as Nigeria’s premier technical university, with focus on STEM and other development-focused areas of learning.