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FUNAAB Gets 12 New Professors, 13 Readers, Promotes Others

The University has approved the promotion of a total of 313 Academic and Non-teaching Staff members in the recently-concluded 2014 Promotion and Outstanding 2013 Promotion exercises. The promotion lists, signed by the Deputy Director, Establishment Matters (Senior), Mrs. Oluwatoyin Dawodu, on behalf of the University Registrar and Secretary to the Governing Council, Mr. Matthew Ayoola, indicate that 12 Readers were promoted as Professors, 14 Senior Lecturers are now Readers, while another staff was elevated as Principal Research Fellow under the 2013 exercise. However, under the 2014 exercise, 43 Academic Staff and 101 Senior Non-teaching and 142 Junior Non-Teaching Staff were promoted.

Collection of Application Form for Change of Course

This is to inform all Students who have been advised to withdraw from their current Departments and Students who want to voluntarily change their Departments to visit the Senate and Admissions Unit to obtain a Placement Form.

 

These categories of students are expected to:

i. Pay Five Hundred Naira (N500) only at the University Microfinance Bank;

ii. Convert their tellers to receipts at their respective Colleges

iii. Use the receipt to obtain an application form at the Senate and Admissions office.

 

The deadline for payment and collection of the form is Friday, 19th December, 2014

Innovative Approaches to Funding Higher Education and Research in Africa


Association of African Universities (AAU) in collaboration with  UNESCO & CAMES organised a regional conference on Innovative Approaches to Funding Higher Education and Research in Africa hosted by the Ministry of Higher Education & Research, Togo. Download the following presentations:

 

  1. Funding of Higher Education in Nigeria
  2. Funding of Higher Education in Ghana
  3. Funding of Higher Education and Research in South Africa

AAU President Offers Hope on Youth Unemployment

The President, Association of African Universities (AAU) and Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Olusola Oyewole, has identified how the high unemployment rate prevalentin many African countries can be curbed. This formed the thrust of discussions in commemoration of the 2014 African University Day celebration themed, "How Can African Universities Enhance Capacity for Job Creation?”

Speaking in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on “The Role of African Higher Education Institutions in Promoting Graduate Employability”, the Vice-Chancellor stated that the skills needed by students in the various institutions of higher learning go beyond mere academic skills that were being taught in traditional Universities. According to him, “Our Universities should be more concerned now about some other skills that can make our graduates to sell themselves in the market. Skills like , Information and Communication Technology skills, skills like being able to stand up to challenges, thinking skills and more importantly, writing and speaking skills”. He observed that the hardest hit by youth unemployment were those with low levels of education and qualifications, who may either be unfit for the available jobs, nor able to compete with others having higher levels of education and qualifications.

He stated that there was the urgent need for African Universities, governments, private sector and stakeholders to come together and develop a circle, where higher education can play a major role in the knowledge economy, by showing a strong correlation between higher education and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, through human capital development and technology diffusion. The Vice-Chancellor added that the content of higher education should improve and be more relevant to building up the total man in graduates. “The values with which we operate in our environment should change; our current values cannot promote development. There is the need for each one of us to change our attitude. We are in an environment where merit is not promoted; in an environment where people believe that you don’t need to work hard to make money; where people do not see integrity as a virtue to be promoted. Such environment cannot promote development; an environment where young people prefer to cheat in order to earn high grades. These are the things we should change, in order to promote the future of our country”, the AAU President disclosed.

Professor Oyewole called for a review of the curriculum of African Universities to ensure that graduates that were being produced were exposed to the necessary skills and competences that could make them employable. He added that there was the need to change the system of teaching from being staff-centered to student-centered in a manner whereby students were allowed to learn and be innovative, while stressing that Universities should be seen more as learning centres for both students and lecturers alike and not just mere teaching centres. He challenged researchers in African Universities to embark on researches that would meet the developmental gap in their communities, address the challenges of industries, organisations and bring development closer to the African continent. He said that as academics and researchers, the joy of their research would be the development and advancement of their communities and not just to embark on research just to earn promotion or additional qualifications. Professor Oyewole called for increased communication of research findings to both government and the society, in order to build faith in the University system. He also made case for increased funding of research to avoid emergencies like the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic, which most countries in Africa were not prepared for, adding that the efforts of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), in Nigeria, in funding tertiary institutions were commendable, even though the funds were insufficient.

The President of AAU further emphasised the need for African Universities to create an environment that promotes Internationalisation, as this would help expand the University’s frontier to other academic cultures by creating a good platform for interaction. He disclosed that FUNAAB would leave no stone unturned in its internationalisation drive by working on a new curriculum for its various departments, as well as training students on entrepreneurial skills. On the significance of the African University Day celebration, marked annually on the 12th of November by respective AAU member Universities, Professor Oyewole said “the day is set aside by AAU for all Universities to recognise the reason for their existence. It is a day dedicated to the realisation of the role of Universities in our national, regional and governmental development. This year is special in that it would be our 48th year of existence as AAU. The Association of African Universities was established in 1967 in Rabat, Morocco and on the AU day, it is expected that each University and tertiary institution in Africa, would celebrate the occasion by organising a suitable forum for public dialogue, aimed at raising awareness on the critical issues surrounding the theme of the year’s celebration. We want each University to celebrate within themselves, their contributions to the development of the society”.

The vision of AAU is to be the voice for the African higher education community - both within and outside Africa - while its mission is to raise the quality of higher education and strengthen its contributions to Africa’s development by fostering collaboration among its members; providing support to their core functions of teaching, learning, research and community engagement; facilitating critical reflection and consensus building around issues affecting higher education and the development of Africa.

You Have Done Very Well - Southwest RMRDC Board Leader Tells FUNAAB

The Leader, Southwest, Governing Board of the Raw Material Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Asiwaju Solomon Onafowokan, has lauded the University for operating on zero-waste basis in terms of effective utilisation of land. Asiwaju Onafowokan gave this commendation when members of the Governing Board of RMRDC visited the University on a facility tour of the institution’s Cashew Nut Processing Plant. He said the Board came to find out how the equipments and machines, donated to the University in 2011, namely; Steam Boiler, Oven, Spicing Machine, Packaging Machine, Thermal Shock, Steel Stools and Tables - were performing, as well as to know the challenges faced during maintainance.

The Director, Agricultural and Agro-Allied Department of RMRDC, Dr. Moyo Jolaoso, who has been leading the RMRDC team on the collaboration with the University since 2011, stressed that cashew processing was just the first phase after which comes the industrial application, where the oil extracted from the shell would be used in manufacturing of paints, organic pesticides and organic fertilizer. Dr. Jolaoso added that the domestication of the machines donated by the council was done to make it easier for students to procure on graduating.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Kolawole Salako, stated that FUNAAB was happy to collaborate with RMRDC. The Vice-Chancellor noted that the University started the business of cashew 15 years ago with the processing of cashew juice, which was closed down partly due to the need to properly register with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). He also commended the level of commitment of the staff of RMRDC in acquiring the Cashew Nut processing machines for the University. Professor Oyewole noted that some FUNAAB students and those from Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State were presently undergoing their industrial attachments in the University and gave the assurance that very soon, there would not be any need for FUNAAB students to go for their industrial attachments outside the University.

The Co-ordinator, FUNAAB Cashew Nut Processing Plant, Dr. Akinpelu Ojo, said he was happy with the tour of the facilities, as the Board was able to meet with the workers and students while working. He disclosed that all the machines donated by RMRDC were in premium condition. He, however, added that they still required a multi-purpose juice extractor to resume the commercial production of cashew, Pineapple, Mango, as well as Citrus juices.

CPV Embarks On Artificial Insemination Programme

In an attempt to increase milk production and promote small holder dairy production in the community and environs, the Cattle Production Venture (CPV), recently embarked on the Artificial Insemination of the White Fulani Cattle breed with semen from imported cattle species, Holstein Freisian and Asian breeds reputed to be heavy milkers. Professor Daisy Eruvbetine, of the College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), who is also the Co-ordinator of CPV, highlighted the reasons behind the establishment of the venture to include: popularisation of cattle production in South-West Nigeria, rendering of services to the community in various capacities related to dairy production, providing facilities for students in terms of practical experience and generating income for the University.

The insemination of the animals was led by a renowned scholar, Professor Elias Bawa, a Professor of Theriogenology, who is currently on sabbatical from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, serving in the Department of VeterinaryHealth and Reproduction, College of Veterinary Medicine, FUNAAB. Speaking further, Professor Eruvbetine itemised the importance of the artificial insemination programme to include: production of crossbreed animals that will be given to local farmers, increased milk production; making FUNAAB a milk collection centre and providing research and training opportunities for both staff and students.

The team leader, Professor Bawa, while expressing his appreciation to the University Management, noted that the expected breed, after the completion of the process, would have the following unique features: higher growth rate, higher milk and beef production tendencies, early attainment of puberty and shorter calving interval, when compared with other indigenous breeds.

Green Economy, Panacea to Rising Poverty, Says Don

A scholar, Professor Bola Okuneye, of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, has advocated for the adoption of the Green Economy, as panacea to taking Nigeria out of the rising poverty in the face of its ever-increasing population. The Don gave this advice at the 14th Professor Anthony Afolabi Adegbola Memorial lecture, held recently, in Lagos which was titled, “The Green Economy and Agricultural Progress in Nigeria: The Economics of Unutilised Resources”. According to Professor Okuneye, Nigeria’s agricultural practice fully started from the Colonial era when the colonialists had the objective of re-orientating the local farming systems towards meeting and serving the demands of their home countries. He stated further that Nigeria was blessed with high level of oil and agricultural resources and that despite the large revenue derived from the oil sector, agriculture remained the main stay of the economy. The Don said, historically, there was no country that had made economic progress without recording appreciable gains in its agricultural sector. He defined Green Economy, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), to mean an improvement in human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing the attendant environmental risks and ecological scarcities.

“Practically speaking, a Green Economy is one whose growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services”, he stated. This initiative includes promoting the Green Economy report and related research materials, which would analyse the macro-economic sustainability and poverty reduction implications of engaging in green investment in a range of sectors from renewable energy to sustainable agriculture by providing guidance on policies that could lead to an increase in investment in these sectors,others.

Professor Okuneye, therefore, called on all to embrace the Green Economy as a solution to reducing poverty in the land. Other benefits include prospects for job-creation, enhancement of social equity and energy efficiency. He added that there were several opportunities in funding a Green Economy, as long as governments at all levels show serious commitment to the programme and stakeholders namely - the government, private sector, as well as a combination of the public-private partnership initiative. He also identified major constraints that could befall the practice of Green Economy in a nation like Nigeria. They are: Extensive system of grazing, the usual non-continuity of development programmes, adoption of the fallow system of farming, weak implementation of the Land Use Act, low agricultural financing, poor foreign policy provision on international commodity market and inadequate environmental laws and regulations. He, however, suggested that implementing the programmes in Nigeria should rather be in phases, beginning with the agricultural component while other sectors, such as transportation, works and housing, should follow later.

Students' Resumption

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, wishes to inform the public that in preparation for the commencement of academic activities for 2014/2015 academic session, the Senate has approved the following resumption schedule for fresh and returning students:

(i)           Arrival of fresh students:  Sunday, November 30, 2014;

(ii)          Online registration of returning students: Monday, December 1, 2014 – Friday, January 9, 2015;

(iii)        Arrival of returning students:  Sunday, December 12, 2014;

(iv)        Commencement of first semester lectures for all students:  Monday, December 22, 2014.

Both fresh and Returning Students are requested to download further necessary information on FEES and REGISTRATION PROCEDURES.

Also, Download Schedule for Routine Medical Laboratory Examination for Newly Admitted Undergraduates Here

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, wishes all FUNAABITES a rewarding new session.

 

Signed

M.O. Ayoola JP

Registrar

 

FUNAABMoving to a greater future

Maritime Education, Critical to Africa’s Development - AAU President

The importance of maritime education in the development of the Sub-saharan Africa has been stressed. This observation was made by the President of the Association of African Universities (AAU), Professor Olusola Oyewole, at the just-concluded 2014 African Maritime Domain Conference, held in Port-Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa, with the theme, “The African Maritime Domain: Building Capacity and Developing Policy”.

Presenting a paper tagged “The role of African Universities in marine and maritime Training, Education, Research and Innovation”, Professor Oyewole said the overarching vision of the conference’s strategy was to “foster increased wealth creation from Africa’s oceans and seas by developing a sustainable, thriving, blue economy in a secure and environmentally-suitable manner”.

He noted that even though water affected man’s everyday life, the continent was blessed with a vast coastal line of over 26,000 nautical miles. Many African nations also depended on the sea and sea resources for most of their energy needs, food supplies and water commercial transportation activities, with over 90 per cent of Africa’s imports and exports conducted by sea, saying the ability of African nations to exploit the resources and potentials of the maritime domain depended on the skill of the African maritime professionals. “Today, our water bodies are facing challenges ranging from human wickedness through piracy, and other unexplainable phenomena such as climate change, for which we need a well-trained work-force to help us unravel. We need to ensure a safe and secured Maritime and riverine environment, managed by well-trained maritime professionals”, he stated.

The AAU President defined maritime education as the field of studies and training connected with the marine domain and industries that can be broadly categorised into two major sectors - the primary and secondary sectors - such as fisheries, pharmaceuticals and aquaculture, off-shore energy, mining, shipping logistics, marine technologies, marine business services, marine security and regulations, as well as Naval defence. According to him, training and education in marine-related studies can be obtained from four major sources such as shipping companies, private providers, public institutions and specialised marine Universities. He noted that for many years and across many countries, maritime education area was dominated by the shipping companies and private providers. This made many learners to be at risk in terms of the quality and contents of their trainings as public institutions that offered maritime education were for many years restricting to only post-secondary educational delivery providers by offering Diplomas and Certificates in some fields of marine services. He, however, observed that training at the University level emanated from non-marine specialised departments such as Engineering, Science, and Management among others.  Some of these early maritime training centres in African are located in Algeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ghana, Mozambique and Nigeria.

The focus of learning in the Maritime domain goes beyond theory. It is a field where skills and competences are essential. Every day, new technologies are emerging and the industry keeps facing new challenges connected with safety and pollution. These are demanding for new competences and the need to set high standards in the human capacity development. Maritime education training institutions, therefore, would have to keep track with latest developments. African institutions must make extra efforts to benchmark with their overseas counterparts to regularly review their curricula, update their training facilities, and improve the quality of their staff and management to be able to meet the requirements of the industries. The African maritime domain is facing many challenges including dumping of toxic wastes, illegal fishing and mounting insecurity.  These maritime challenges require well-coordinated research strategies to combat them. The resources of the Africa’s maritime domain cannot be well exploited if specific researches are not targeted rightly. In addition, the following are urgently requested for the establishment and strengthening of national, regional, and continental maritime research and development centres required for the promotion of cooperation in research and training between institutions, industry and the government, at both national and regional levels, collaboration with other countries outside Africa, through research staff exchange, and research collaborations.

All the innovations desired for driving the human capacity development in the maritime domain will require funds. Adequate funding mechanisms need to be developed to drive the research needs for the maritime domain. Special Professorial Chairs should be funded in universities where maritime studies are undertaken.

He noted that there was a large number of educational providers in Africa’s maritime domain. Many of the providers are commercial entities and the trainings being offered are targeted at meeting some selected needs. Many players in the industries train their personnel on the job and some of the training programs are not certified.  These do not give room to good human mobility in the industry. In order to meet the 2050 Africa Integrated Maritime Strategy, there is the need for the establishment of a continental body to develop an acceptable qualification framework for the industry, which will accommodate the current players as such body, will also be required to coordinate and drive the capacity development agenda in the field. The relevancy and adequacy of the curriculum is one of the major challenges that maritime educational institutions face in Africa. Unlike other field of studies in the continent, development in the maritime industries and the challenges facing the industry demand that the human capacity in the field be able to keep pace with them.

“Maritime institutions and programmes need to keep pace with the rapid developments taking place in the industries. There is a need for good collaboration between the government higher education regulators, the private sector and the civil society to collaborate in organising regular reviews of the maritime education systems. Maritime education institutions need to meet up the requirements of the national regulatory agencies to which they belong as well as those of the industries that they service”, the President said.

He equally stressed the importance of research in Universities “because there is a close and indispensable relationship between research and teaching. Special funds will be needed to invest in and finance stablished programmes for education and training in relevant maritime skills and for upgrading maritime professionals in all areas of the maritime and ports industry”.

Professor Oyewole stressed the need for African nations to promote the development of highly skilled professionals to man the industry, stressing that maritime education and awareness was very critical to African development, saying that Universities had important roles to play in ensuring capacity building and serving as platforms of education for marine and marine economy, business, safety, research, education and training. He further said that Universities should be at the forefront of the movement for knowledge, research, innovation, and safety of the marine domain. The African universities should be the engine of knowledge for our marine domain, serving as the forum of exchange of knowledge on marine safety, marine regulations as Universities should serve as fora for Africa-based research and development by working closely with the maritime industry.

The Vice-Chancellor said the AAU was the apex higher education organisation in Africa, which serves as the principal forum for consultation, exchange of information and cooperation among African Universities. He said the vision of AAU was to be the representative voice of the African higher education community both within and outside Africa while its mission, to raise the quality of higher education and strengthen its contribution to African development by fostering collaboration among its members, providing support to their core functions of teaching, learning, research and community engagement, facilitating critical reflection on, and consensus building around, issues affecting higher education and development. Africa, therefore, needs well-trained human resources for the implementation of this strategy. Universities and other institutions for knowledge generation therefore have important roles to play. Professor Oyewole added that the AAU was willing to support African Universities in capacity building, teaching and learning, as well as research in the fields connected with the Africa marine domain, in line with the 2050 Africa Integrated Maritime Agenda.

Prevention of Post-harvest Losses Necessary for Farmers - Varsity Don

It has been ascertained that despite the remarkable progress being made in increasing food production at the global level, approximately half of the population in the developing countries, do not have access to adequate food supplies which arise mainly from food losses that occur in the post-harvest and marketing system. This position emanated from the just-concluded “Capacity-Building Training on Prevention of Post-Harvest Losses”, organised by the Extension and Adaptive Research Programme of the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC). Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, said the theme of the programme, "Prevention of Post-harvest Losses", was aimed at solving challenges facing our teeming farmers in Nigeria.

According to him, estimates of the post-harvest losses of food grains in the developing world from mishandling, spoilage, as well as pest infestation is as high as 25 percent, adding that one-quarter of what was produced never reached the consumer for whom it was grown.  He stressed that the effort and money used in producing were lost forever.

The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by Leader, Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Programme for AMREC,  Dr. Dorcas Adegbite, stated that fruits, vegetables and root crops were sensitive, noting that they perished quickly. According to him, "If care is not taken in their harvesting, handling and transportation, they would soon decay and become unfit for human consumption". He added that "estimates of production losses in developing countries are hard to judge, but some authorities put losses of sweet potatoes, plantain, tomatoes, bananas and citrus fruit sometimes as high as 50 percent or half of what is grown". He however stated that if portions of the lost product could be preserved and used by consumers, food supply would increase, noting that resources would be preserved, with corresponding potential gains for smallholder farmers in developing nations. Professor Oyewole who is also the President of Association of African Universities (AAU), stressed that post-harvest loss prevention offered an important opportunity to advance world food security now and in the future.

Lamenting the complexity of the menace which its prevention required innovations in measuring the extent of loss, developing appropriate technologies, integrating systems, evaluating policy, as well as effective dissemination of information, the Vice-Chancellor stated that governments, private sector and civil society need to cooperate towards finding a lasting solution to it. His words: "on our part as a University of Agriculture, efforts are being intensified to advance big ideas through research and innovation as well as dissemination of proven technologies on prevention of post-harvest losses which is the basic reason for which we are here today". According to him, "I want all the participants to know that mastering the art of preventing and minimising post-harvest loss is one of the major avenues for boosting our economy because it can have a leverage effect for farmers' income as well as for other supply chain operators.

Delivering the first paper titled, "Prevention of Post-Harvest Losses: Roots and Tubers, Fruits and Vegetables", Dr. (Mrs.) Olubukola Odeyemi stated that Postharvest handling activities starts from harvesting of crops, storage, processing, packaging, transportation and distribution, until it gets to the final consumers. She stressed that contributors to post-harvest losses are not limited to disease and oversupply, adding that greater post-harvest loss occured in developing countries like Nigeria due to non-availability of proper storage facilities. Others were inappropriate transportation, as well as improper handling methods. Dr. Odeyemi, however, noted the negative impact the losses had on food security for poor people on food quality and safety, as well as economic development and the environment.

In the second lecture titled, "Prevention of Postharvest Losses in Cereals and Legumes", Dr. Clement Afolabi, disclosed the main causes of food losses in low-income countries, saying that they were connected to financial management, as well as technical limitation in harvesting, storage and processing techniques. Dr. Afolabi said that storage facilities could not conquer the problems alone, adding that processing facilities should be established across the country so as to add value to agricultural products for local consumption and export, as well as mop up excess farm produce.

While delivering the third paper titled, "Preservation and Value-Addition to Food Crops: Roots and Tubers; Grains; Fruits and Vegetables", Mrs. Adebukola Omidiran, described preservation as the extension of the shelf life of a perishable food. According to her, "It is the conversion of perishable food into more permanent forms through processing, treatment with chemicals, dehydration and sterilisation by heat". She listed the techniques of food preservation as traditional, non-thermal, thermal processing, cold storage and freezing. Others are Dehydration/Drying and Fermentation. Earlier, the Director of AMREC, Professor Carolyn Afolami stated that farming has now become a lucrative business as farmers have been dressing corporately, driving exotic cars and living in posh residences. Represented by Dr. Jacob Olaoye, the Director said that the capacity building was timely as participants were expected  to benefit immensely from the training programme.

COLPHYS, COLBIOS Get Deans

Professors Catherine Eromosele and David Agboola have been appointed as Pioneer Deans for the newly-established College of Physical Sciences (COLPHYS) and College of Biosciences (COLBIOS), respectively. Both Colleges were created from the former College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS).

Professor Eromosele, former Head, Department of Chemistry, whose research interest is in local raw material sourcing of stabilizers for Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC), characterisation of industrially useful products from seed oils of relatively unknown wild plants and studies of properties of graft copolymers of cellulosic  and sustetic materials (poly saccharides) and natural rubber, attended the University of Benin, Benin-City, between 1975 and 1978, where she obtained her first degree, while she got her Master’s degree from the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology, UK in 1981 and her Ph. D from the University of Benin, in 1998.

Meanwhile, Professor David Agboola, a Botanist and former Deputy Dean of the Postgraduate School, where he served for two terms, has his research interest in the area of  physiology of seed germination and seedling growth in tropical trees and weeds. He obtained his first degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), in 1976 and his M.Sc and Ph.D degrees from the University of Ilorin in 1979 and 1993, respectively. Both Deans are widely published, belong to various professional bodies, and have participated in many national and international conferences. They have also contributed administratively to the academia in various capacities, aside their numerous societal affiliations.

Spend More Time in Teaching English Language - NATRESL

A call has gone to educational authorities to ensure that more emphasis is placed in allocating adequate time to the teaching and learning of English Language, as this would enhance a better understanding of the language. This was part of the recommendations given in a communique, issued at the end of the 11th Annual Conference of National Association of Teachers and Researchers of English as a Second Language (NATRESL), held recently in Lagos. The conference themed, “Managing Large ELT Classes: Approaches, Technologies and Pedagogies”, was chaired and declared opened by Professor Babatunde Oderinde. According to Professor Oderinde, an expert in Curriculum Studies in English, the theme for the conference was very timely and relevant, noting that large classes were now common features in our educational system, unlike what obtained in the past. He enjoined participants to interact, share ideas, and contribute to solving the problem of managing large English Language Training (ELT) classes; both at the lower and upper educational levels in the country. Delivering the keynote address, a Professor of Language Studies, Segun Awonusi, situated the problem of managing large ELT classes in its global perspective. He opined that the notion of “large class”, as a learning-teaching environment was perception-based and noted that the challenges of inadequate infrastructure, instructional materials, lack of adequate feedback and administration of test instruments, could be overcome by adopting interactive strategies, active learning and other methods of reducing large classes for effective teaching and learning.

Two Lead papers were presented at the conference. The first was by Professor Victoria Alabi, who specialises in Stylistics, when she suggested practical ways of overcoming the problems facing the teaching of Stylistics in schools, while the second Lead paper was delivered by Dr. Samson Dare, who emphasised the need to revive the reading culture among teachers and learners. Learners, he said, should be sensitised on the gains in imbibing reading culture, as it enlarged one’s mental capabilities in the course of reading different books and magazines on various disciplines. Reading, according to him, meant “dialoguing with books, which affords intercourse with the best minds of the world”.

The third day witnessed parallel sessions during which practitioners presented papers in line with the theme of the conference, where the unpleasant experience associated with large classes were well discussed and they came up with practical solutions through the use of humanistic method of teaching, motivation of learners, adoption of group method of teaching, use of multi-media and emerging technologies, collaborative and interactive teaching, relating learning activities to learners’ context, as well as the need for multiple representations through the use of role play activities and development of concept maps. Language researchers’ attention was also drawn to a recent trend in language, using the corpora (corpus linguistics). Though highly capital-intensive, interested researchers were encouraged to synergise and engage in proposal writing by reaching out to donor agencies for sponsorship, to enable them acquire the corpus linguistics. Workshop anchors for the teachers were Dr. Helen Bodunde, Head,
Communication and General Studies Department, FUNAAB, Dr. Titi Fola-Adebayo of the Federal University of Technology, Akure and Dr. Alexandra Esimajethe Benson Idahosa University, Benin-City; the latter two being the Financial and General Secretaries respectively. Other recommendations in the communique, which was jointly signed by Dr. Helen Bodunde and Dr. Sinmisola Sotiloye, both Teaching English in Second Language (TESL) dons in FUNAAB and the National President and Chairman, Communique Drafting Committee ofrespectively, include the need to have more infrastructural facilities such as e-learning, e-testing, projectors and other multimedia; provision of facilities to encourage learners to imbibe better reading culture, motivation of qualified teachers through giving of awards to the best subject teachers at the district and local government areas, attending to the welfare of teachers, providing favourable workplace environment, good remuneration, sponsoring of more teachers for in-service training and exploring alternative power generation and supply in schools, as most multimedia-based instructional solutions are powered by electricity.

December 2014 Biotechnology Training

The 4th in the Series of 2014 Training Workshops on Applicable Biotechnologies in Agricultural Research Featuring:

 

  • Bioinformatics and Phylogenetic Analyses
  • Comprising: Gene Data bank Analyses
  • DNA Mapping,
  • Multiple Alignment of DNA and Proteins
  • Data Mining and gene mining relative to Phylogenetic Evolution


Participant: Postgraduate Students and Scientists in the area of crop and  Animal Improvement and Computer Modelling

Course Fees: N40,000                              

Date: 1st – 5th December, 2014


Contact:

Director   Coordinator, Mr. I.O. Oloye
08033374386
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‘What It Means To Be Successful’

Dr. Henry Bakare, a motivational speaker and the guest lecturer at the recently-held Valedictory Service for graduating students in the College of Food Science And human Ecology (COLFEHC), has highlighted what it takes to be successful in life. According to him, success meant many things to different people. For some, it is being wealthy,to others, it is having money. Becoming a graduate can also be seen as a measure of success, stating that "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a step", with education. Dr. Bakare, however, charged the graduating students to "brace up as there are unemployment, social pressure and high expectations out there''. He further advised them to be psychologically and emotionally ready for the challenges ahead. He enjoined them to set clear goals to be achieved, be ambitious and try their hands on many things.

While speaking on the road to success, he singled out the outstanding achievements recorded by great people like Aliko Dangote, the billionaire Nigerian business mogul and President of Dangote Group, who rose from a very humble background to greatness. Dr. Bakare described the Dean of COLFHEC, Professor Lateef Sanni, as another goal-getter and a good role model for young people to look up to. In his remarks, the Dean, COLFHEC, Professor Lateef Sanni, alsothe occasion to warn students never to engage in plagiarism. "Don't plagiarise and always be focused”, he added.

Earlier in her Welcome Address, the College Officer, Mrs. Idowu Enikuomehin, stated that the aim of the Lecture was to encourage the graduatingto embrace entrepreneurship and toprepare them for life after graduation. She also assuredthe programme, whichnowheld annually, would set the pace for other Colleges, soon.

TETFund Boss Calls for Impactful Research

A member of the Board of Trustees, Tertiary Education Trust Fund(TETFund), representing the SouthWest, Lady Anna Kolawole, has charged scholars to carry out research that would bring about positive economic growth and development to Nigeria. Lady Kolawole gave this charge while addressing scholars embarking on TETFund-sponsored academic projects in the University. She stated that in carrying out such researches, they should also work in conjunction with industries and factories, to come up with real findings and solutions that would add value to the system.

The Board of Trustees member added that TETFund has a new Department for Research and Centre of Excellence, as she called on all federal institutions to establish same, for all hands to be on deck, to move the country forward. She also encouraged the University to access the research grants of about N3 billion available for use from TETFund. She commended the University for the impressive reports received from the Fund's Desk Officer for the University, Dr. Pius Akintokun. "In short, you are doing well academically. Thank God you are a very settled University; you don't always go on strike. We are going with good records from here", she said.

In his remarks, the Director, Centre for Internationalisation and Partnerships (CENIP) and the Desk Officer of TETFund, Dr. Akintokun, appreciated TETFund for making funds available to the University, while he assured that FUNAAB would continue to embark on impactful research that would touch the lives of the people and improve the economy of the country. According to him, at least 17 scholars that had so far benefited from TETFund, were already back to the University, while many more were still undergoing training.

ADMISSION TO POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES FOR 2014/2015 ACADEMIC SESSION

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission to the following Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy Degree programmes at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria

 

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Postgraduate Diploma Programme, candidate must be first degree holders in a relevant discipline from any recognized University.  In general, all applicants must satisfy basic UME/UTME requirements for Bachelor’s degree.  Holders of HND, Upper Credit and above could also apply.

 

Candidate for Masters Degree Programme, must be graduates of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta or any other University recognized by the Senate and shall normally have obtained a minimum of Second Class (Upper Division) degree in relevant field.  However, candidates with Second Class Lower Degree with a minimum Grade Point of 3.0 on a scale of 5.0 in relevant field may be considered.  Candidates for MICT programme should possess Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science or B.Sc Physical Sciences/Engineering and Allied Disciplines.  Prior computing or IT exposure is beneficial but not essential.  Candidates for admission to Masters and Ph.Dprogrammes in Communication Studies shall possess University degrees in Arts, Science, Applied Science, Social Science and Education or other related disciplines

 

To be eligible for admission to the MBA (Agri-Business) and Professional Master in Communication Studies degree programmes, candidate must be holders of Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University or HND (Upper Credit minimum) with a Postgraduate Diploma in any discipline.

 

Candidates with Postgraduate Diploma in Communication studies with a minimum cumulative average of 55% could be considered for PMCS.  In addition, possession of relevant professional qualification and/or experience will be an advantage.  A credit pass in O’-Level Mathematics is not compulsory for admission into PMCS programme which is strictly part-time (Friday and Saturday) programme.  The duration of the programmeis a minimum of 4 semesters.

 

MEM is a three-semester terminal/professional programme designed for captains of industries while MEMP is an academic Master’s degree.

 

To be eligible for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree programme, candidates must have obtained a Master’s degree from FUNAAB or its equivalent from any other University recognized by Senate.  Holders of one year Masters Degree are expected to undergo a conversion examination after the first session before proceeding to a Ph.Dprogramme.

Candidates for academic Masters and Ph.Dprogrammes shall be required to submit a research proposal along with their application forms, and may be required to interact (in oral or written form) with their respective Departments before admission.

 

METHOD OF APPLICATION

Applicants should visit the PG Application portal (pg.funaab.edu.ng) to generate an invoice to take to any branch of Zenith Bank (Expat Account Number: 1130014543) for payment of a non-refundable fee of Fifteen Thousand Naira (N15,000:00) only exclusive of Bank Charges, before completing his/her application.

Applicants from outside Nigeria should pay $100 (USD) into domiciliary accounts GTBank: 0032590705, Swift Code: GTBINGLA and UBA: 2010710164, Swift Code: UNAFNGLA.  You will be asked to upload the telex copy to access the online application form Candidates should request their respective institutions to forward transcripts  directly to the Secretary, Postgraduate School, Federal  University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria, West Africa (The Department ofchoice should be written on the top left corner of the envelope).

Applicants are requested to submit their respective downloaded Application Forms, Teller and Photocopies of their credentials to the Secretary, Postgraduate School.

Closing date for online Submission of Application for Masters and PGD programmes is Friday,December12, 2014.  Application for Ph.D is open all year round.  Successful applicants will be contacted by e-mail or telephone.

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Don identifies Challenges facing African Women Researchers

The Acting Head, Department of Hospitality and Tourism, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), and a Fellowship Awardee, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), Dr. Mobolaji Omemu, has identified cultural norms, family demands, gender inequality, lack of role models, lack of leadership skills and organisational support, as well as age barrier as some of the major challenges hindering African women researchers from moving up the career ladder. 

Delivering her address at a Role Modelling Event of AWARD, held recently in the University with the theme, "Blocking the Leaky Pipeline: Career Advancement Strategies for Young Women in Science", Dr. Omemu noted that the number of women that enrolled into agricultural sciences and other related courses was steadily increasing, but not commensurate with the number of women researchers who moved up the career ladder. She called for greater commitment, focus and determination from women researchers and encouraged them to always chose a mentee for themselves, whom they would motivate and encourage to move up the career ladder without much difficulty. On the way forward, the Chairperson, Admissions Committee of the University, Professor Yemisi Eromosele, pointed out that planning was very essential and recommended that young women researchers should always put a plan in mind on what they hoped to achieve within the next five to 10 years after graduation. She added that they should also carry their family along with their plans as their support was needed in realising their dreams.

Professor Eromosele encouraged women researchers to join professional bodies, stick to their plans and always endeavour to be two or three steps ahead of their counterparts because of other home-front responsibilities. Corroborating her, the immediate past Dean of COLFHEC, Professor Folake Henshaw, re-emphasised the need for women researchers to draw a road map for themselves, adding that the fact that they got married, should not allow their dreams and career to die. She advised them not to go into any relationship or get married to someone who did not share in their dreams. Professor Henshaw charged them to be disciplined enough to be willing to start-off from where they stopped and discard the notion that if a lady acquired too many degrees, she would not get a suitor to marry. Speaking on the role of a mentor in career advancement, the Dean of Postgraduate School, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, disclosed that in choosing a good mentor, mentees should look out for the following qualities which should include someone with the ability to motivate, encourage, navigate through life with them, teach, organise and re-energise them to live their dreams and reach the peak of their careers. He also appealed to the menfolk not to see women making progress as a threat but rather, partners in progress.
In his keynote address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, stated that women, who had reached the peak of their careers and fought for their dreams, deserved to be celebrated. The Vice-Chancellor, who is also the President, Association of African Universities (AAU), said he was looking forward to a time in the University system when women would hold 40 percent of leadership positions. He encouraged women to equally work towards creating a greater future for themselves, not minding any challenge they might face, adding that he would loved to be remembered as a Vice-Chancellor that ensured that qualified people were duly promoted. 

AWARD is a career development programme that equips top women agricultural scientists across the sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills, through tailored fellowships. It serves as a catalyst for innovations with high potentials to contribute to the prosperity and well-being of African smallholder farmers, most of whom are women. Established in 2008, AWARD to date, has 390 African women scientists drawn from 11 countries such as Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia while AWARD Fellows benefit from the two-year career development programme that is focused on fostering mentoring partnerships, building science skills, and developing leadership capacity.

Stakeholders Brainstorm on Food Security at NIFST Conference

The 38th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST), served as a forum for robust discourse as stakeholders brainstormed on how food security can be enhanced in view of the daunting challenges facing food production in Africa. The theme of the conference was titled, "Food Value Chains: Opportunity for Wealth Creation and Food Security".

Speaking at the occasion, the University's Director of Grants Management and Project Director, Cassava: Adding Value for Africa phase II, (C:AVA II), Dr. Kolawole Adebayo, said 90,000 smallholder households in Africa had assured stakeholders in the cassava value chain of its readiness to render technical support to them at no cost that would help them carry out their productions profitably. Dr. Adebayo, who is in charge of the C:AVA II project in five African countries, including Nigeria, pointed out that although the Federal Government, through its Cassava Transformation Agenda Programme (CTAP) had set the ball rolling for the production of high quality cassava flour (HQCF), emphasized that continued return on investments would be able to keep the HQCF market alive and "the only pragmatic way to sustain the production of high quality cassava flour is to ensure profitability in the business". He added that C:AVA II project was making innovative, technical support available to stakeholders in the value chain, pointing out that such support would help in the preparation of business plans, feasibility studies, new product development and market linkage. "What we have done is that we have employed two additional Business Development Experts, whose services should be available to SMEs who wish to set up HQCF business. The experts cover South-south, South-east and North-central. They will help you identify potential sources, funds and machinery", he stated.

While urging the stakeholders to take up the innovative and technical assistance opportunities offered by C:AVA II project, he challenged the SMEs that had gotten delivery of the 6-cyclone flash dryer from the Federal Government, to run their equipment continuously for 16 hours in order to achieve maximum efficiency.

In the same vein, it has been observed that post-harvest losses continue to occur in the fresh produce food chain and during processing as research estimates indicate that 30 to 40 percent of the foods produced globally are lost post-harvest or wasted because they are never consumed. To look for a way out of these problems, the GRATITUDE Project - Gains from Losses of Roots and Tuber Crops -funded by the European Union Framework 7, organised a side event at the just-concluded NIFST Conference and General Meeting, which had in attendance, over 300 food professionals from different sectors such as the academia, industries, research institutes, private entrepreneurs, among others, from Nigeria and abroad. It was observed that the development of the entrepreneurial capacities of small and medium-scale enterprises was important, to manage and profit from waste because managing food losses and waste in less developed countries offered the potential to improve livelihoods, which could in turn contribute to rural development, poverty reduction and food security as over the years, the rise and expansion of integrated supply chains and renewed emphasis on efficiency and food safety was found to have spurred a major paradigm shift in the way the post-harvest system, including processing was conceived from a series of individual components to an integrated value chain linking producers, intermediaries and consumers. Therefore, by adopting a value chain approach to post-harvest loss reduction and managing wastes, it would give a clearer picture of the various participants and benefits derivable along the value chain such that sustainable and cost-effective solutions could be implemented. Various well-research papers were presented at the forum, which underscored the "need for all the novel findings and innovations obtained from the GRATITUDE Project should to be made available to willing investors, entrepreneurs and/or SMEs to break the reoccurring culture of research finding(s) hiding on the scientists' shelves in the University". The Dean, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), and the Project's Country Coordinator, Professor Lateef Sanni, also highlighted the achievements of GRATITUDE in the areas of capacity development and mentorship to include the sponsorship of over 15 MSc. students and 3 PhD students research work and attendance at international conferences, and that, one of the GRATITUDE project graduate students, Miss Ifeoluwa Olootu, won the best Young Scientist Presenter Award at the 2014 World Food Congress, organised by the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST), recently held in Canada.

The communiqué issued at the end of the conference indicated that great market potential exists locally and internationally for Nigerian spices and seasonings provided that challenges of adulteration, yield, consistency, adequacy of regulation and standards that limit product quality and safety could be mitigated. It also called on government to, as a matter of urgency, provide an enabling environment for the private sector to grow entrepreneurship and provide affordable High Energy and Nutrition Safe Foods (HENS) using local raw materials. It also expressed displeasure that about 41 per cent of Nigerian children under the age of five were stunted due to malnutrition, despite of the abundant of locally available resource in the area of agricultural produces, technology and expertise. The conference, however, emphasised the need for the promotion of entrepreneurship in the utilization of these resources in order to ameliorate the high level of malnutrition, enhance critical wealth creation and sustained food security.

Education, Vital to National Development, Says Professor Adedipe


The Pioneer Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nurudeen Adedipe, has described education as very crucial in the realisation of national aspirations and development. According to the erudite scholar, governments that are conscious of the importance of education should be commended and encouraged to do more in the interest of the society. He made this observation during the 6th Prince Bola Ajibola Annual Lecture Series, titled “Education as a Panacea to National Insecurity and Developmental Challenges”, held at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife recently.

Professor Adedipe, who was Chairman at the occasion, therefore, lauded the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, for according much recognition to education in his state in terms on investment. In his presentation, Ogbeni Aregbesola, who was the guest speaker at the Lecture Series, described education as "a very critical tool to the realisation of sustainable national development and the achievement of national security".

He lamented that the Nigerian state today was faced by insecurity and other developmental challenges because of the continued erosion in the
quality and standard of our educational system. He added that lack of adequate investment in education by successive administrations in
Nigeria had crippled the system to an extent that what seemed to matter to students was just the acquisition of certificates. The governor also stressed that there was no reason why children and youths in parts of the North and the Niger Delta areas of Nigeria should not have the same quality education as their counterparts in other parts of the nation. In his address, Prince Bola Ajibola, Proprietor of the Crescent University, Abeokuta, had described Ogbeni Aregbesola’s strides in the education sector as "education plus" in the sense that in would infuse good morals into the educational curriculum of young people through the "Omoluabi” virtue. Also speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Bamitale Omole, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Ajayi Adebisi, stressed that the topic of the lecture was most appropriate at this crucial time when the nation was facing many security challenges.

Meanwhile, Professor Nurudeen Adedipe was awarded the “Distinguished Education Administrator Award 2014” at the programme.

Priorities for Transforming African Higher Education into the 21st Century


Nigeria, , with an estimated population of 150 million people, is located on the West Coast of Africa, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and four countries, namely, Cameroon to the East, Benin Republic to the West, Chad to the North and Niger to the North.

It has a land mass of 923,768 square kilometres with a population of about 150 million people comprising about 350 ethno-linguistic groups. The country is made up of 36 States, 774 Local Government Areas, spread over six geo-political zones and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Nigeria became independent on 1st October, 1960 from the British and is presently operating a democratic, multi-party system of government. The major export commodity is petroleum; other products include cotton, cocoa, cassava, rubber, cola, fruits, and vegetables and a large array of livestock including cattle, goats, sheep, chicken and fish, among others. Download Full Document