All classrooms in the University of Ilorin will soon be equipped with the latest smart boards in line with global best practices to ensure effective teaching.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, revealed this last Tuesday (September 25, 2013) during a meeting with members of a National University Commission (NUC) team that visited the University on resource verification exercise.
“All classrooms shall be ICT compliant. Smart boards and latest classroom technology shall be put in place. You will see a new UNILORIN in terms of teaching facilities”, the Vice-Chancellor disclosed.
The new Departments include:
Department of Architecture, Department of Quantity Surveying, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Department of Water Resources Engineering, Department of Marketing, Department of Surveying and Geo-Informatics, Department of Psychology and Department of Social work.
Others are: Department of Agriculture Education, Department of Business Studies, Department of Igbo and Department of Hausa.
The proposed Faculties are Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Management Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences.
Also, the Department of Arts and Social Sciences education is to be split into two, the Department of Arts education and Department of Social Science education while the Department of Educational Technology is to be excised from the present Department of Science education
Prof. Ambali thanked members of the resource verification team, led by Mr. Sam Ukani, and assured them that the University takes their comment seriously, adding that their observations would be implemented to the letter.
The Vice-Chancellor said, “Your words have been encouraging to us. We shall beef up areas that are inadequate. We shall aggressively pursue and recruit more staff. Offices and laboratories for new departments shall be sorted out before December.”
Prof. Ambali further thanked the team for what he called their “objective observations and compliments”, noting that “this is line with observations made by previous high calibre visitors to the University including members of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on education.”
The Vice-Chancellor also expressed happiness that the resource verification team agreed with the University management on the need to introduce new programmes and split some existing ones.
Briefing the University management earlier, the team leader, Mr. Ukani, said that having gone round the facilities put in place in preparation for the take-off of the proposed programmes, members of the team were “very impressed with what we have seen.”
He stressed that the Library is up-to-date and that the e-library is one of the best in the country with subscriptions to relevant journals.
The team leader also observed that the University staff are highly dedicated, motivated and interactive, stressing that the new programmes are well prepared for take-off.
Earlier during a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor in his office, Mr. Ukani disclosed that the NUC had constituted four resource assessment teams to ascertain the University‘s readiness to start the new programmes that have been requested.
He explained that being a quality assurance regulatory body, the NUC was bent on ascertaining that all academic programmes should be started on a good platform.
The team leader however stated that the team is a partner in progress and not one on a mission to pull the University down.
Other members of the resource verification team on the visit were: Prof. S. Mustafa, Prof. M. Karaje, Mr. Idris Ibrahim, Prof. B. M. Ndoni, Prof. James B. Olaleye, Prof. Oyaziwo Aluede and Prof. Gray Goziem Ejikeme.
Others were: Prof. Timothy C. Mogbo, Prof. A. O. Olotuah, Prof. Obina Enukolia, Mrs. Justina Emerole, Mr. Adamu Mohammed, Mr. Theophilus Ogbor and Prof. Theresa O. Odumuh.
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