By Bukola Olamona
The Vice Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, has expressed readiness to enhance the status of the university to enable it get better
Ajibefun who clocks a year in office today, gave this assurance while chatting with the University’s Information Unit in his office.
The Vice Chancellor said: ”We will enhance the status of the University to ensure that it gets better ranking. We are going to explore new areas, including partnering with more foreign universities, developing our academic programmes.
“We are going to enhance the University’s Centre for Research and Bio-Computing to enable it to deliver better outputs. We are going to improve on our Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) as the University is
presently working on new ways of doing this. We will sustain the staff and student discipline. Our academic calendar will now run from September to July.”
Reliving his experience since assuming office, Ajibefun said: “The past one year has been good. I came with the mind-set to build on my predecessor’s achievements. Although finance is a serious
challenge at all levels of governance, God has been so helpful and faithful. Having been here for the past one year, the university has experienced stability, peace and progress even when other institutions
around are struggling to achieve same.
“Our University has been quite peaceful and the students are disciplined and responsible. Staff members are committed and are regularly paid. The University conducted a highly successful Post-UTME and released results barely three hours after, held an electronically conducted and hitch-free student union election – first in any state university –and we had a very great convocation outing”
The VC also spoke on the Memorandum of Understanding already signed with Alabama State University, USA, and plans to do the same with Troy and Obon Universities also in the United States of
America as a way of giving new opportunities and privileges to the staff and students of the University.
He said: “Part of the content of the Memorandum of Understanding which we signed with Alabama State University is about collaborative research, curriculum development, and student and staff exchange, which will afford our students full scholarships to study abroad and our staff to go abroad on sabbatical for a year”.
The agreement he said, is taking effect from this year while the first set of beneficiaries will go to the United States this year.
“We have also reached an advanced stage in discussions with Troy and Obon Universities in USA. The whole essence of these efforts is to make our University globally recognised and accepted.”