The First Technical University (Tech-U), Ibadan recently launched its new Science Lab and also matriculated 197 students for the 2020/2021 academic year for the school’s fourth matriculation.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ayobami Salami, welcomed the new students and informed them that their matriculation into the University had set them on the path to a bright future.
He stated that the institution’s Visitor, Oyo State Governor Engr Seyi Makinde, as well as the Council, Senate, management, and staff, were all eager to provide the students with an effective academic and practical education.
Salami urged the students to be dedicated to their studies, stressing that they should not waste the opportunity they had gotten.
He said, “First, gaining admission into higher institutions, especially to a university like the Tech-U, which is prepared in all ramifications to equip students with an all-round education, is not a joke. It is not like the manna that falls from heaven. “
“Generally, gaining admission into higher institutions is so tight that whoever has secured one must most wisely and functionally utilize it. As far as the First Technical University is concerned, we are prepared to help you get the best of education. “
“The university has in store seasoned and passionate professionals as lecturers and administrators. They are among the best you can find anywhere. While Tech-U is founded on the philosophy of offering practical technical, entrepreneurial, and vocational education, they (the staff) are very ready to bring out the best in you and make your dream and those of your parents come true.”
Salami added that every graduate of the varsity would get three certificates at the end of the successful completion of their programs.
“Apart from the academic education you will be provided with here, you will further receive entrepreneurial and vocational education. So is language education, as exemplified by our special French program. The implication is that, at the end of your program, you will receive three certificates: a BSc in your course, a Diploma in Entrepreneurship, and another one in French.”
“What this means is that Tech-U is preparing for you a rich and versatile future. You will be fully developed in scholarship and business practice. This is the essence of our motto: Developing brains, Training Hands. You will fit into the job and corporate environments. You will also be ready to set up your businesses, thereby becoming market players and employment of labour. Indeed, the market will need you as much as you will need the market,” he said.
At the event held in the institution’s Library Hall were other principal officers of the university, including the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof Adesola Ajayi; the Registrar, Mrs Olayinka Balogun; and the Bursar, Pastor Kehinde Olatokun.
The Tech-U Scholars, a group of bright, devoted, and high-achieving students who can achieve and sustain distinction, were also introduced to the incoming students. To motivate the scholars, the university pays students with a 3.5 GPA and above a monthly allowance of N10,000. The Tech-U Scholar with the highest GPA in each department receives N15,000 per month, while the overall winner receives N50,000.
“The scheme is supported by the Josephus Foundation, which also has a bold scholarship program for our students. Already, a good number of you are beneficiaries of the scholarship initiated and funded by our iconic Chancellor, Chief Tunde J, Afolabi MFR,” Salami explained.
The university also added the new Science Lab to its list of steadily expanding facilities. Professor Salami commended TETFUND for the initiative and recalled other projects already executed at Tech-U by the agency, including another major workshop/laboratory nearing completion.
The university recently launched three 100-bed hostels, two for women and one for male students. Last year, the engineering workshop was also completed with all three projects bankrolled by funds the school generated itself.
At the inauguration, the Tech-U Registrar, Mrs Olayinka Balogun, The Dean, Environmental and Management Sciences, Professor Henry Odeyinka, who is also the Coordinator of Works; Chairman, Highrise Builders, Alhaji A. A. Adegbite; and Consultant to the Project, Arc. Shemo Akpene all expressed their satisfaction at how well the project turned out.
The registrar said, “The building was constructed with beauty and excellence in mind. In the First Technical University, there is not a single abandoned project and we don’t pray to have one. It is inspiring to note that despite all the challenges of last year, the contractors were able to promptly complete the work. In our old age, when we are passing through this place and see the university, we will proudly say, ‘I was part of the history that was made here.”
The students were accepted into the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences, and the Faculty of Management and Sciences, among other faculties.
The ceremony had both physical and virtual components, with the matriculating students in attendance while parents and other stakeholders joined online, in compliance with COVID-19 protocol.