VC canvasses holistic education system for national devt
Vice chancellor, Augustine University, Ilara-Epe (AUI), Lagos, Prof. Christopher Odetunde, has stressed the need to develop holistic education system that will engender national development.
Besides, Odetunde lamented that the weakness in the sector is not the fault of graduates being churned out, but the system is not making performance part of the measurement matrix for nation building.
The vice chancellor, who stated this at the third convocation ceremony of the institution, said government at all levels must take urgent steps to redress the situation.
He said: “The primary responsibility of all tertiary institutions is to develop holistic education for national development. To this end, AUI has made grant-writing a condition precedent upon joining our faculty, while we also encourage collaborative and industry applicable research.
“Our research goal is to produce deliverables that industries can tap into. Our government should be one that challenges researchers considering the amount of funds invested in the sector since independence,” he said.
While lauding the numerous development partners for their support, Odetunde solicited further assistance for the institution, saying as the university grows, with more courses being approved by relevant authorities, there is need for more facilities.
He also called for an amendment of the law establishing Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), to accommodate private institutions.
This, according to the vice chancellor would encourage promoters of such institutions.
The Visitor to the university, Most Rev. Dr Adewale Martins, charged the graduating students to be positive agents the country needs for a turnaround.
“In Nigeria, we contend with a lot of challenges such as insecurity, hunger and poverty, among others. But you are the positive agents we need. Go out there and make a difference,” Martins stated.
The Chancellor, Dr John Aniagwu, charged the graduating students to be ready to give back to the society.
He also enjoined them to stay in touch, and encourage one another.
In his lecture, Mr Edward Okpa, who spoke on the topic, “Attaining your dreams: What is your PhD,” said passion, hard work and dedication are key factors to making it in life.
The best graduating student, Alinna Kingsley Obinna, of the Department of Philosophy, thanked the management and Catholic Church for their efforts at setting them on the path of sound education and moral values.