The Technical University, Ibadan, will commence full academic activities in January 2018, five hears after it got accreditation for its courses.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ayobami Salami, disclosed this to journalists recently.
According to him, pioneer students of the university would come into residence, beginning from Sunday, January 7, 2018.
The institution would be starting with 15 accredited academic programmes, including Software Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering.
His words: “I wish to underscore the point that some of the 15 courses are relatively new in Nigerian universities. Take Cybersecurity for example. We want to be foremost in providing solutions to the aches of cybercrime in all its variegated colurations.
“Similarly, our Biomedical Engineering seeks to fill the yawning gap evident in the lack of technical-know-how for the repair of high-tech hospital equipment. We intend to train the requisite manpower to help stem the tide of abandoned broken hospital apparatus”
Prof Salami also disclosed that the institution had added two centres – the Centre for Entrepreneurial and Vocational Studies and the Centre for Language and General Studies – to its two existing faculties: the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, as well as the Faculty of Natural Resources, to boost its goal of providing a well-rounded tertiary education.
He noted that training at the Centre for Entrepreneurial and Vocational Studies would be conducted by experienced artisans and experts, not conventional university lecturers.
“The instructors will be highly-skilled artisans and industry experts. They are also the ones who will conduct the continuous assessment of the students and examinations. While they take 40 per cent, the conventional lecturers will take 60 per cent,” he said.
The courses given full accreditation by the NUC include:
Physics with Electronics
Food Science and Technology
Electrical and Electronic Engineering