Prof. Ganiyu Olatunde, Vice-Chancellor of Olabisi Onabanjo Univerity (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State speaks with KAYODE OLANREWAJU in this interview about his almost one-year-old tenure, vision for the university, academic and physical development, as well as challenges
What is you management doing to improve the university in terms of academic and physical development and welfare of both staff and students,
Well, if you look around the campus you will realise that there is massive infrastructural development and landscaping of the university. Let me also add here that one of the things that usually affect the psyche of anyone coming to any environment is the good landscaping and the ambience environment.
That is done to affect positively the psyche of the staff and students towards the university environment. Again, one of the principal functions of the university is more on academics and we are going to concentrate more on the visibility of the university, which will involve both the physical and in terms of prescriptive presence of the university worldwide.
We are going to concentrate first on ensuring that the university is greatly improved in all spheres.
Of course, one of the things we can do in terms of relating with other universities in the diaspora is to have a very sound visibility and we had already constituted a Webometric Ranking Committee of the university, which isworking on that. Webometric ranking of universities in the world normally takes place two times in a year – June and November.
So, before June ranking we will ensure that the university is among the best universities in the country. We recall that one of the key things that will lead us to that in the university is to ensure that all our academic programmes or courses are fully accredited and we are genuinely working on that,
Recently, we took up nine of our courses that are yet to secure full accreditation in terms of provision of equipment a n d facilities, and we are expecting the National Universities Commission between April and May, this year, to look at the courses that have interim accreditation.
So, the whole essence of this is to ensure that we have full accreditation status for all our courses. We are also trying to ensure that we have more facilities on ground for our courses and we are building more hostels by involving the public private partnership (PPP) initiative so that they can join us in developing the university.
We are also increasing our visibility on campus so that there would be greater interaction between members of staff and students. We have also installed CCTV for the coverage of the university. Now, anyone coming in from the university gate is being monitored.
That was put in place as part of measures to ensure adequate security on campus and we also ensure that our members of staff are well remunerated in terms of payment of their salary on time for them to have the zeal to do their work properly and impart the relevant knowledge on the students.
The management has also discussed with the students’ union on how to make life comfortable for the students on campus.
Recently, when we discovered that transportation of students to and from the campus would be a great challenge for the students, the management had to fix the second long bus for them. Presently, the management is talking with private sector to partner the university in this area for effective transportation system.
By and large, there are many things we have in mind to improve the university and I have had the course to discuss them at the level of management and Council. And again, in the next couple of weeks I will discuss these at the university Senate, and I will also have the opportunity to discuss with the Visitor and Proprietor of the university.
At the end of the five years tenure of this administration, God willing, this university would have changed for the better in terms of academic and infrastructural development, as well as welfare of workers and students.
We are also looking at some of our curricular in order to give our students the best in line with the thinking of the NUC. We are looking forward to give our students the best at all times.