BY DAYO ADESULU
Lecturers in the nation’s universities have been urged to conduct more research of international standard and network with foreign experts and organisations to fulfill one of the tripartite functions of our universities.
Speaking at the 24th convocation and 30th anniversary of the Federal University of Technology FUTA, Akure, Ondo State, its Pro-Chancellor, Brigadier General Raji Rasaki (rtd) said: “All stakeholders are to play their roles well in ensuring research of international standard.”
The Pro-Chancellor who believes the failure of quality research work in our institutions of higher learning is a joint responsibility of all stakeholders said:
“The Academics heap their inadequacy on bad governance, corruption, poor funding of education and inexplicable lack of commitment and support.” He added that the society and the government on other hand, bemoan not only the quality of research as lacking relevance to the core challenges of national development but also the poor ranking of our higher educational institutions in the global arena.
Rasaki, nevertheless charged all lecturers to conduct more research of international standard and network with foreign experts and organisations. Rasaki who was delighted that FUTA has signed Memoranda of Understanding with several universities outside the shore of Nigeria said: “ Lecturers should take advantage of collaborations and linkages with these institutions to embark on knowledge-partnership and conduct more meaningful research, innovations, inventions and patency.”
He maintained that lecturers should put more efforts on academic productivity, improve on their quality of instruction, imbibe a high sense of commitment to community service and engage in focused value orientation.
The Pro-Chancellor, however urged the 1,960 graduands not to stop learning irrespective of the degrees they have acquired, adding that they should continue to engage themselves in self-improvement and continued education programme that will enable them to be creative, innovative and self reliant to meet the demands of the job market.
Speaking from the same perspective, the Vice Chancellor, FUTA, Professor Adebiyi Daramola, said that due to the technological development of FUTA’s students over the years, jobs like electrical handiwork, painting etc that were usually contracted out are being handled by the institution’s Works and Service personnel on a competitive basis with the active participation of the students in entrepreneurship programmes.
According to him, the collective vision of FUTA is to build a world-class university that is globally competitive and reputed for excellence as well as innovations grounded in sound and relevant pedagogy.
He pointed out that the institution is determined to improving on and repositioning their business development company, as well as research and development centre to enable them attract grants, consultancies, sponsorships and collaborations with various institutions that can add value to the vision of the university and enhance the attainment of their desire to take the university to the market place.
Adebiyi said: “In conformity with our motto of ‘Technology for self-reliance’, all graduands of today have been adequately equipped with good character, moral discipline, Information Communication Technology (ICT) and entrepreneurial skills in a way that they will not only compete favourably with their peers in the labour market but also be job creators in their own right.”
A FUTA student, he reiterated, came best in the 2012 Software competition for all tertiary institutions in Nigeria, organised by Institute of Software Practitioner of Nigeria (ISPON) in Calabar.