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AAUA Graduates Have Excelled in All Areas of National economy -Faborode

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Graduates of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, have been described as competent products that have "excelled in further studies for higher degrees as well as in the workforce for the State and other areas of the national economy.
 

Michael Faborode, a Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering and former Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, made the assertion on Thursday, while delivering the 8th Convocation Lecture of the University titled, “The Nigerian Universities System: Stability, Local Relevance and Global Competitiveness.”

He lauded the University's vision, saying it is strategic and well-rounded. In his words, "I can attest to the fact that, in spite of the general debility of the Nigerian university system, Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA) has acquitted herself well in producing very competent graduates, who have excelled in further studies for higher degrees as well as in the workforce for the State and other areas of the national economy. 

"Perhaps the absence of the critical professional disciplines of medicine and allied sciences, engineering and built environment has limited the scope of her impact on the real economic sectors. Furthermore, the limitations of her reach are also circumstantial both nationally and by virtue of being a State University."

He, however, advocated the need to develop the education sector of the country concerns, saying the 'cacophony of concerns' for the fate and health of the Nigerian university system from various individuals, groups are genuine and justified.

He said the first task was to undertake a situational and SWOT analyses of the past and present state of the Nigerian university system, leveraging on a participatory and inclusive engagement with the operators of the sector, including the Pro-Chancellors and Councils, Vice Chancellors and Senates, the Unions and all academics, as well as other key stakeholders who had expressed their concerns.

Professor Faborode said, “The areas reported to be challenging the system, such as: facilities for teaching, learning and research; funding, teacher quality and quantity (including quality of professors), governance (including stemming the tide of strikes), quality and relevance of graduates, access, research and postgraduate training should be reformed forthwith. Also academic corruption and other social vices should be expunged."

According to Faborode, Adekunle Ajasin University, like almost all other Nigerian universities, has a wide scope for asserting its local relevance and, of course, radiate global visibility and competitiveness, considering its current status and ranking. 

"All considered, one can say diplomatically that the best of AAUA is yet to come. Like almost all other Nigerian universities, there is yet a wide scope for asserting your local relevance and, of course, radiating global visibility and competitiveness, considering your current global ranking. 

"From the global ranking tables, no matter whether you agree with them or not, they are there to prick your conscience. There is still a long way to go for AAUA (18 in Nigeria, 2001 in Africa, 4256 in the world). However, there is a place up there at the top of the ladder for AAUA, please go for it," he charged.

Prof. Faborode concluded that universities have never been as crucial to nation states as they are today, if such nations or states are to be competitive in the global economy, noting that they need their university sectors to produce and apply knowledge, and to produce knowledgeable and well-skilled workers across the skills spectrum.

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