Technical University matriculates 190 pioneer students, harps on skill acquisition
Technical University (TechU), Ibadan has matriculated 190 pioneer students, with a pledge to focus on skill acquisition and vocational training.
The occasion also provided an avenue for the inauguration of the institution’s Chancellor and Chairman of Council, chief Tunde Afolabi.
The institution had earlier commenced academic activities in January 2018 with 150 students while 40 others joined at the eve of matriculation.
In his address, the vice chancellor, Prof Ayobami Salami said the university has discovered about 10 inherent vocational skills among the first set of students, and assured of an enabling environment for the nurturing of such skills.
He said: “The institution was established to raise technical giants and a new league of entrepreneurs who will become employers of labour and reduce youth unemployment in the county.
“This is why we have created room for a regular study period between four to five years with two faculties, Engineering and Technology and Natural sciences. It also has 15 National Universities Commission (NUC) accredited courses and a language centre where French is compulsory for every student as a second language. Every student is mandated to take two skills in any field of artisanship along with any course of their choice and must be certified in such skills before they graduate,” Salami added.
Afolabi, on his part expressed appreciation to Governor Abiola Ajimobi for the opportunity to steer the ship of Tech-U and promised to do his best to make the institution a household name in the nearest future.
He also indicated his readiness to establish AMNI International Institute of Energy and Petroleum Technology, which he said would take immediate effect as well as the introduction of an annual lecture series, which would attract professionals of international repute.
Governor Ajimobi tasked the chancellor to begin work on maintaining effective partnership within and outside the country for the benefit of the students.
He also charged them to work towards self-sustenance as government had done its bit in establishing the institution on a Public-Private Partnership model.
Ajimobi enjoined the council and management of Tech-U to recruit first class academic staffers to equip students with requisite managerial skills that are of international standard.
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