VC urges new students to acquire innovative skills as 3,834 matriculate
Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof Joseph Fuwape, has advised newly admitted students of the institution to acquire innovative skills that will give them an edge after graduation.
He gave the advice at the 38th matriculation ceremony of 3,834 new students for the 2020/2021 academic session.
Fuwape said it was important for the new students to follow in the tradition of their predecessors by acquiring new skills that will position them to become key players in the scheme of things in the society after their graduation.
He said the university has the wherewithal, in terms of experienced faculty members and facilities, to lead them on the path of innovative skill acquisition.
The vice-chancellor said the university will continue to train students whose skills will be required in a constantly changing society and who can hold their own in any part of the world.
He said: “The institution is committed to its vision of being one of the best universities of technology in the world, and as such, will leave no stone unturned at ensuring quality teaching to empower you with new skills. There are lots of opportunities that will help you achieve your career projections, acquire new skills and connect with new friends. In addition to lectures and workshops, your social interaction and relationship are very important in optimising your university experience.”
Fuwape reminded the students on the need for hard work, saying the distance between matriculation and convocation is not very wide.
“It is important to work hard to end the journey successfully. I urge you to avail yourself of the immense resources and facilities available in the university to achieve your laudable dream. I challenge you to position yourselves for success, create your own reality and be committed to your dream. Position yourselves for excellence, your success is guaranteed as you study hard and stay focused,” he stressed.
He warned the students not to procrastinate or waste time when it comes to delivering on assigned work and projects, saying, “One of the important things in the university is to get your work done on time. The university will ensure you enjoy a conducive learning environment all through your stay. I therefore urge you to give due diligence to your study and avail yourselves of the immense learning resources available on campus.”
Fuwape restated the university’s zero tolerance for vices, enjoining them to eschew all forms of social vices, such as examination malpractice, academic fraud, cultism, bullying, sexual harassment and disruptive post on social media, indiscipline, and other despicable activities.
He said the university will wield the big stick, whenever necessary, to checkmate errant students and anti-social behaviour, saying there would be no compromise on discipline as the students would be judged on academic performance and good character in order to earn their certificate.