By Dayo Adesulu
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji Bello has said that in the quest of the institution to meet the needs of a mega city it has introduced new courses into the University curriculum.
Speaking recently at the 2009/2010 Studentsâ€™ Union orientation programme titled: â€œMeeting the Needs of the Mega Cityâ€, Ibiyemi noted that the new injected courses which include Transport Management, Management Technology, Environmental Management and Geography are available from undergraduate to doctorate (Ph.D).
According to Ibiyemi, LASU has signed Memoranda of Understanding with a number of foreign and Nigerian universities in partnering on knowledge sharing, technology transfer to meet the challenges of a university in a mega city.
In the area of structural development, she reiterated that those familiar with Lagos State University in recent times would attest to the fact that, there has been a tremendous improvement in physical infra-structural development, stressing that, the institution is gradually evolving from overcrowded class rooms to more befitting structure directly proportional to its studentsâ€™ population.
To her, since mega city consume a lot of energy because of the need to provide sufficient power to fuel industries and companies as well as domestic and households use, LASU can go a long way to finding alternative use of energy such as solar, water, solid waste and wind.
She asserted that graduates of LASU compete favourably with their counterparts from other universities, adding that, the number of students intake by the Lagos State University College of Medicine has increased from fifty to seventy-five and approval has been granted for the college to run dentistry and nursing programme by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.
Ibitoye admitted that LASU however needs adequate funding to be able to meet the needs of the mega city, just like Harvard University and London School of Economics which serves as resource/research centres where policies are being formulated and where people go for research and manpower are trained and retrained. â€œLASU as an institution, if well funded can serve as a consultant to the government,â€ she said.
Also speaking, Omotunde Olowopejo, Vice President, LASU Studentsâ€™ Union, charged the one hundred level students to be hardworking, focus, discipline, determine and set goals of first class or second class upper for themselves adding that, the way each student handles the beginning of their course will determine the end.