ASUP flays Obaseki over academic unions’ ban

By Opeyemi Babalola The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics yesterday, took a swipe at the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obafemi over the ban placed on unions in Edo State Government-owned tertiary institutions. It would be recalled that the governor had suspended the activities of the academic and non-academic unions including that of polytechnic in the state over the lingering strike actions by the university unions which commenced in February. Challenging the decision of the governor to place a ban on the union, ASUP, in a statement signed by its…

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Mansoura University launches digital app to promote self-learning

By Opeyemi Babalola In a bid to enhance smooth learning among students of the institution, Mansoura University has launched a self-learning digital platform named ‘Maarf’. President of Mansoura University, Prof. Ashraf Abdel-Basset, at the launch of the app which took place at the Communications and Information Technology Center (CITC) of the institution, said the platform is the first to be launched by an Egyptian public university and offered a distinguished content which highlights the uniqueness of Mansoura university, due to the exerted efforts by its exceptional teamwork. On his part,…

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National library to get N15 billion facelift

By Opeyemi Babalola Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) on Saturday disclosed that it has set aside the first tranche of N15 Billion to fast-track the commencement of the National Library construction in the country. Executive Secretary of TETFund, Arc Sonny Echono, who disclosed this in Abuja after receiving in audience, the Executive Members of Nigerian Library Association led by its President, Professor Innocent Akocha, in his office, noted that the TETfund had put all plans in place for the completion of the National Library building, adding that the Fund has…

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UNIJOS governing council appoints first female Registrar

 By Opeyemi Babalola The 14th Governing Council of the University of Jos has appointed a new Registrar for the University for a term of five years. She is Dr Rejoice James Songden who until her appointment was the Registrar of the Karl Kumm University, Vom, Plateau State. The University’s Governing Council considered the report of its Selection Board which interviewed candidates for appointment into the position of Registrar and approved her appointment with effect from 24th June, 2022. A statement on Thursday by the Deputy Registrar, Information and Publications, Abdullahi…

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TETFund urges vice chancellors to operationalise Centres of Excellence

By Moyosore Salami   The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Arc. Sonny Echono, has enjoined vice-chancellors to put more energy for actualisation of agriculture transformation, urging them to operationalise the centers of excellence as a soon as possible. Echono stated this in Abuja on Wednesday, during the vice chancellors roundtable on the implementation of Agricultural Research and Innovation Fellowship for Africa (ARIFA) in Nigeria with the theme, tagged “Building The Post-Vicosa Symposium Action Plan.”  “My charge to you is to make this a personal mission because I’m…

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Experts call on universities to invest more in digital technology 

By Moyosore Salami  The former Registrar of Ekiti State Universty, Dr Omojola Awosusi, has called on university administrators in Nigeria to invest in digital technologies adding that such investment in digital technologies would increase speed and quality of service. He made this call during the 5th annual Registry lecture of the institution entitled, “Pathway to Overcoming Challenges of the Nigerian University System in the 21st Century: University Administrators and the Imperative of Value Addition.” Dr. Awosusi said universities in Nigeria should  learn from the banking industry by adopting the use of Electronic Document…

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Strike: FG says varsities will reopen soon

By Opeyemi Babalola The federal government, on Wednesday, said that the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will soon be called off.  This is according to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who said this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The minister, who denied the allegation that the Federal Government was planning to create a different payment platform other than the University Transparency and Accountability Solution…

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JAMB donates multimillion naira medical equipment to UITH

By Opeyemi Babalola Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in conjunction with US-based Project C.U.R.E, has donated multimillion naira medical equipment to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH). University Times International (UTI) gathered that a series of such donations were made to 12 selected health institutions across the six geopolitical zones of the country. Speaking recently at the unveiling of the project inside the university campus, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede, explained that the intervention of the Board was timely, noting that it was aimed at addressing the…

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Controversy over relevance, continuity of JAMB

 • Why the entrance exam should stay or not By Opeyemi Babalola Beyond challenges of underfunding, persistent strike actions by university unions, leadership tussles, problem of research funding, the relevance of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has also attracted consistent debate among stakeholders and government functionaries.   To ensure sanity and inclusiveness in the admission process into Nigerian universities, the Federal Government established JAMB in 1978.    Before this period, admission of prospective students was done by each university on its…

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Why Nigeria Needs Comprehensive Approach To Climate Change Issue – Ologunorisa

Professor Temi E. Ologunorisa is an award-winning climate and environmental scientist, a teacher-scholar, and an astute university administrator. As the 4th substantive Vice-Chancellor of Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, Ondo State, Nigeria, Ologunorisa, in this interview, speaks about his vision as vice chancellor, what Nigeria needs to do to tackle the challenges of the climate change phenomenon, poor ranking of Nigerian universities, the 4th industrial revolution and frequent strike by university workers, among other issues. What is the mandate of your university as a specialized institution of learning? Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH),…

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