AAUA 8TH CONVOCATION LECTURE: Nigerian University Needs Rapid Revitalisation, Students Must Embrace Entrepreneurship - OAU Former VC, Prof. Faborode

- Damilola Olufemi

The former Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University and Convocation lecturer of the AAUA 8th Convocation Lecture, Prof. Michael Faborode, has said new strength have to be put in place in the University System in Nigeria to achieve a better result and global recognition.

The Don made this known yesterday while delivering a lecture on the topic, Nigerian Education System: Stability and Global Competitiveness at the 8th Convocation ceremony of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, which was held at the University Multipurpose Hall.

He emphasize on the need Entrepreneurship plays a significant role the Nigerian sectors today, looking at the job scarcity ravaging the country. In his words, he said "Entrepreneurship brings about hope in hopeless”

While acknowledging students who are into entrepreneurship before their academic year in school ends, he has also advise that the Nigerian University must pursue the goal of producing relevants graduates for the betterment of the country. “Nigerian University System needs rapid revitalisation’’, he said.

On areas such rapid growth is needed in the system is the use of Research and ICT. Prof. Faborode emphasize on how germane Information and Communication Technology in the Nigerian University System (NUS) can bring about stability and global competitiveness.

He highlight the use modern technology and Research as one of the tools to attaining a greater result in sustainability of the Nigerian University System. He said “Any institution that want to make successes must embrace the use of internet facilities”

He also pointed that incessant strike embarked upon can hardly bring about stability not only to the educational sector, but the country at large.

Unveiling the goal of the NUS to making it stand out and extraordinary among its counterparts, he said NUS will be the best performing system in the Sub Sahara by 2023.

Prof. Fborode commend the institution of AAUA for the giant strives it has made nationally and internationally on education in the country.

Earlier, in his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor said the topic is the University’s humble intervention in the nation’s search for identity and place in the global education space which is an attempt to provide a barometer for the nation’s citadels of learning; and also to provide solutions to the forces of instability ravaging the Nigerian University system in the world.

Describing Prof. Faborode, the Vice Chancellor of AAUA said, “Prof. Faborode is an iconic University Administrator whose tenures as Vice Chancellor of OAU, Ife, and Secretary General of Association of Vice Chancellors Of Nigerian Universities have stood him out as an advocate of excellence in the tertiary education…”

Some of the dignitaries present at the Convocation lecture include the Vice Chancellor of the institution, top principal officers in the institution, Deans, Heads of Department, Unit Directors, Members of staff, and students of the institution.

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