Polytechnic lecturers call off strike, ask students to resume May 30

By Opeyemi Babalola Members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) have suspended its ongoing strike embarked upon since April 6 over the failure of the federal government to meet their demands. The Union, in a statement today by its National Publicity Secretary, Abdullahi Yalwa, stated that the union suspended the strike following a decision taken at an emergency meeting of the NEC. While directing students and lecturers to resume on May 30, Yalwa noted that ASUP was only suspending the industrial action for a period of three months…

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NCCE boss seeks closer collaboration with TETFUND

By Moyosore Salami  The National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) has appealed for stronger synergy between the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and the Commission by instituting some changes in TETFund’s intervention processes as it relates to Colleges of Education (CoE). Executive Secretary of NCCE, Professor Paulinus Chijioke Okwelle made the appeal during a visit to the Executive Secretary TETFund, Arc. Sonny Echono. He asked that TETFund add to the accreditation criteria for Colleges of Education the submission of evidence of compliance with NCCE to ensure that Colleges of Education…

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COEASU accuses Buhari regime of reneging on promises, threatens strike

By Moyosore Salami   The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), North-Central zone, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime that it will go on strike if it fails to address the union’s legitimate demands.  The union declared this in a statement signed by its vice president and zonal coordinator, Noah Danlami, in Kaduna recently. It cautioned the regime and state governments that failure to address the legitimate demands with the urgency they deserve, would cripple the college of education system.  The union stressed that the inaction of the government…

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Ajayi Crowther University signs MOU with University of Georgia 

By Moyosore Salami   Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Georgia, Athens, United States of America. The document was signed by the Vice- Chancellor Professor Timothy Abiodun Adebayo, on behalf of Ajayi Crowther University while Professor Akinloye Ojo, Director of the African Institute in the University of Georgia, signed it on behalf of the University. Ojo said it was expedient that the Vice- Chancellor of ACU should visit the  University of Georgia to cement the relationship, and meet with the President…

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Kano State varsity renamed after Africa’s richest man, Dangote

By Opeyemi Babalola Kano State University of Science and Technology (KUST) Wudil, has been renamed after Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, University Times International learnt. According to a statement yesterday by the Kano State Executive Council, it will now be called Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology (ADUST), Wudil. This was disclosed in a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba. He explained that the decision followed recommendations by the university’s visitation panel adding that the approval has been transmitted to the state’s House of Assembly to…

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Nigerian comedienne bags professorship, becomes HOD at US Bible varsity

By Opeyemi Babalola Helen Paul, the Nigerian comedienne and actress, has been appointed a professor at a US Heart Bible International University (HIBU). She made the announcement on Monday via her verified Instagram page, with pictures and video from the induction ceremony. While her husband, Femi Bamisile, also bagged a doctorate from the same university, Paul announced that she’s now heading the art, music, and entertainment department at the varsity. “Such a great honor for both of us. You graduated as a Doctor of law and I was promoted too,” Paul wrote.…

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JAMB conducts 2022 UTME for foreign candidates

By Opeyemi Babalola The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Monday, May 30, stated that it has conducted the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination for foreign candidates. This was disclosed in its latest bulletin obtained by University Times International, stating that the entrance examination which was successfully conducted, was held on Saturday 28th May and took place in five out of the Board’s nine foreign centres.  The centres where the examination was held include: Accra, Ghana; Johannesburg, South Africa; Buea, Cameroun, Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivoire and Cotonou, Benin Republic.…

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Tetfund inaugurates committee on thesis digitalisation

By Moyosore Salami   The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Arc. Sonny Echono, has inaugurated the Fund’s Thesis Digitization Project Steering and Coordinating Committee.  Inaugurating the Committee recently in Abuja, Echono said the project was necessitated by the need for a National Academic Research Repository (NARR) given that numerous research outputs were lying dormant in libraries across tertiary institutions in the country.  Speaking on the few existing repositories in the country that are not available to national or global audiences, Echono said the ugly development prompted the intervention of TETFund’s…

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Two Babcock varsity lecturers clinch contract with Michigan State University 

By Opeyemi Babalola Two members of Faculty from the Department of Agriculture and Industrial Technology, Babcock University, have been awarded Project Contracts with Michigan State University. The contract is sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates project, Research Supporting African MSMEs to Provide Safe and Nutritious Food (RSM2SNF). The two Faculty members are Drs. Bukola Osuntade and Bolatito Shobo. Dr. Osuntade is the lead Nigerian collaborator for the project on issues related to gender in Nigeria while Dr. Shobo, is the Subject Matter Specialist on Horticulture.  According to a statement on…

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Community-University Engagement for a Transformative Higher Education in Africa: Experience from Gulu University

The need for a transformative approach tohigher education. The cardinal role of highereducation in generating knowledge, building human capital and translating knowledge into technological innovations is key to sustainable development and fostering the socio-economic well-being of a sustainable society. The societal benefit from higher education investment is largely realised when human capital translates knowledge and innovations into products and services that provide solutions to societalneeds. Ultimately, this development trajectory should lead to vibrant business development concomitant with employment creation. The global youth population is expected to reach 1.3 billion by…

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