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UI VC advises new varsities on mentoring

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan (UI), Prof. Idowu Olayinka, has warned that newly licensed institutions that fail to take mentoring from older institutions are likely to run a “trial and error” basis and reinvent the wheel.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan (UI), Prof. Idowu Olayinka, has warned that newly licensed institutions that fail to take mentoring from older institutions are likely to run a “trial and error” basis and reinvent the wheel.

Olayinka spoke yesterday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, while hosting the Bishop of Sword of Spirit Ministries, Bishop Francis Wale Oke.

The cleric led other top management workers and officials of the newly licensed Precious Cornerstone University (PCU) in Ibadan, to the UI vice chancellor.

Olayinka said: “We are fully disposed to being the mentor of the newly established Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, Nigeria. It is our greatest pleasure to be the mentor of the university because we know it has a lot of potential. We are prepared to assist them in every way possible, either in the human capacity building, governance or in other capacities.

“Some institutions have failed to make themselves available for mentoring, as directed by the National Universities Commission (NUC), but such institutions would only be running on trial and error basis because UI has the experience of 70 years behind us. We have made mistakes and we have also recorded a lot of achievements over the years.

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“So, the idea is for us to be able to leverage on the advantages and the achievements we have recorded in the last 70 years. There is no point reinventing the wheel.

“For Precious Cornerstone University, we will let them know the good practices and the bad practices. This is because we are not expected to dictate to them; as that is not the intention of the NUC when they directed that we should be their mentor. It is just to assist them. The directive does not make the newly founded institution a subsidiary to us. But I think the PCU has started on a very good note.”

Oke said PCU was excited when UI was selected as its mentor.

He said: “We are glad that the premier university in Nigeria is the one to mentor us. They have the resources, the capacity and the experience that we can tap into. We will tap into it maximally.

“Our expectation is that UI will give us matured guiding. They will be involved in the governing council meeting and the appointment principal officers and genuine governance of the university. Our vision is to have a world-class university and one of the criteria for that is good governance of the university.”

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