OOU has 96 percent accreditation for 70 programmes- VC, Prof. Olatunde

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…says university produces 42 First Class graduates in two years

Sodiq Ojuroungbe

The The Vice-Chancellor of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun state, Prof. Ganiyu Olatunde on Monday boasted that 96 percent of the 70 programmes run in the institution have full accreditations from the National University Commission.

Prof. Olatunde explained that 66 of the 70 programmes offered in the University have full accreditations, while 3 other programmes have interim accreditations.

The VC stated this at a briefing held to announce the 28th and 29th Convocation Ceremony of the institution.

Prof. Olatunde further disclosed that the institution is currently building six modern studio at Ibogun campus for the Architecture department.

He stressed that his administration has changed the face of the institution from what it used to be in the past.

He added, “When we assumed office in May 2017, we had 76 per cent of our programme enjoying accreditation with National University Commission.

“But, we have to look at how to align our curriculum and increase the number of facilities, teaching aids, start working on online teaching method and improving our facilities, we now have an accreditation rating of 96 percent.

“We are currently running 73 programmes, three new programmes having just been added by National University Commission. The three new programmes are nursing, linguistic and music.

“But, the other 70 programmes that we have, we have 66 of those programmes having full accreditation, three other having interim accreditation which have been visited by the NUC and we believe that we would have whole accreditation for those one.

“Then, we have only one that was not accredited, not because of the academic content of that programme which is architecture, but because of inadequate structure particularly studio.

“I am happy to inform this gathering that the intervention by the TETFUND for 2018 is addressing that currently. So, we are building six modern studio for Architecture programme in Ibogun campus so that we can bring back our status.”

Speaking on number of students to convocate, the VC explained that a total of 42 First Class graduands and 10,216 others have graduated from the institution in the last two years.

Prof. Olatunde also disclosed that the 10,258 graduates included 192 postgraduate diploma, 882 masters graduates and 124 PhD holders.

He explained that the convocation is for the graduands of the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 academic sessions in the institution.

He said, “We would have 8,800 graduates for first degree, 1,198 post graduates with 42 First Class degree, 1,436 second class upper, 4,152 second class lower, 2,655 third class and 287 pass degree.”

While highlighting the activities for marking the convocation, the VC said the ceremony would be between 21st and 31st of January, 2019.

He disclosed that the state governor, Dapo Abiodun would be commissioning an Administration and Information Communication Technology buildings at the main campus in Ago-Iwoye.

He added that the Provost of Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), Prof. Olusola Akinrinade had been invited to deliver the convocation lecture on “The Integrity Challenge in Nigeria Higher Education: Towards creating a new normal”.

The VC further disclosed that the honorary degree will be conffered on the Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, the Paramount ruler of Yewaland and the Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle and the President of Brent Mortgage Bank, Major General Sansadeen Awosanya.

Olatunde explained that the conferment was to recognise their contributions to the development of the country and the institution.

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