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There is no doubt about the fact that Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH) is competing favourably with it’s counterparts across the globe.

In November 2023, the Times Higher Education in it’s ranking, ranked LAUTECH as the Best State University in Nigeria, and 11th Overall Best University in Nigeria. The university was equally ranked 1st in terms of producing quality manpower for Industries across the country.

It is very obvious that the University is  making use of every available opportunities to expand it’s capacity in terms of production of competent manpower, as well as providing solutions to societal issues through various research findings.

While briefing journalists during the tour of newly completed projects funded by TETFund, the Acting Vice Chancellor of LAUTECH, Professor Razaq Olatunde Rom Kalilu noted that there is need for infrastructural development in order to make the campus more conducive for students.

Some of the projects visited at the Campus, include four gigantic newly built hostels for medical students, Biochemistry lecture hall, a completed lecture theatre for faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, the ongoing 800 seater lecture theatre for faculty of Arts and Sciences donated by an alumnus of the Institution, Dr Tayo Adiatu, and another 150 seater full multi media lecture theatre donated by Jolade Foundation, Center for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases where the University deals with outbreak of Infectious diseases among others.

The Center for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases according to Prof. Olusola Ojurongbe, a Professor of Parasitology, who is the head of the team at the hub said the center has three segments comprises the Viral section, Bacteria Section, and Parasitic section.

In his explanation, Professor Ojurongbe further said that “The hub came into existence in 2021 following the COVID -19 pandemic, so the idea here is to have a well equipped genomics center to be able to respond rapidly to new emerging threats in terms of pathogens. The hub is being funded by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany and the fund is provided by Bayer foundation also in Germany, these two partners provided what we have here and the University management has been very good in managing the funds for the past two and half years and that’s why you can see what we have here, the idea is that we should be able to quickly identify new pathogens, when they’re coming, maybe imported into the country or maybe even circulating within the country.”

While briefing journalists during a press conference held at the University’s Council Chamber A.M. Salau Senate Building ahead of the 16th Convocation Ceremonies of the institution, Prof Razaq Olatunde Rom Kalilu stressed that the expansion of the LAUTECH’s academic vista and the rapid growth of the University have imposed the need for infrastructural upgrade and expansion.

“Four of our large lecture theatres were renovated to make the learning environment more conducive. A TETFund sponsored faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences building complex that was started in 2015 and left uncompleted since 2019 has been completed to complement the ones currently in use. Similarly two high impact students hostels started in 2019 were completed and will soon be released for use to make learning and campus life easier for our students.”

“There are also ongoing construction of three large capacity multi-media lecture theatres and ICT facilities at Ogbomoso and Iseyin Campuses, they were donated to University by five stakeholders. It is noteworthy that the Oyo state government under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde has continued it’s massive infrastructural development of Iseyin campus, our Central Research laboratory has been galvanized na the ICT facilities have been expanded. The library subscriptions and physical books collection have been enhanced with over twenty million naira. The needs keep expanding, I therefore invite different stakeholders and friends of the University to join hands with government to further develop the University.”

While speaking on the forthcoming 16th convocation ceremonies of the University, the acting Vice Chancellor said, “a total number of 4,749 first class degrees will be awarded to graduating students on Monday 21st April, 99 out of the total number are graduating in the first class category, while 1,363 of them will be graduating with second class upper category, 2,580 students in the second class lower category and 597 students in the third class category.”

“It’s known fact that our University now has a campus in Iseyin, the campus houses the college of Agriculture and Renewable Natural Resources. This is in line with the vision of the Visitor, Engr. Seyi Makinde to the University, the campus began operation on 23 October, 2023 and has remained a centre of academic activities since then. Last session, the students at the campus were 1,360. The students population in that campus in the current session has grown to 2,704.”

Speaking on the establishment of new departments and academic programmes that was recently accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC), the Acting Vice Chancellor said “it’s imperative to say that the academic outlook of this University is rapidly changing, a year ago, the University established the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences with four academic programmes, this year we’ve introduced six additional new degrees programmes I to that faculty namely, psychology, Mass Communication, Linguistics, Yoruba Theatre Arts, and Political Science. Faculty of Law has also been established to run a degree programme in law.”

“All the seven newly introduced programmes have recently gone through resource verification, in March this year, towards the National Universities Commission’s approval. We hope to admit students for these programmes in this current academic session as soon as we receive clearance from the NUC. In addition to all the foregoing, the University has recently established an institute of African Studies to foster critical research on Africa and the persistence and imperative of it’s relevance to global development, similarly, a centre for Nano Science and Nano Technology studies has been established. Furthermore a centre for Career Services has been established to provide service and academic support with a view to assisting students’ transition school to workplace.

LAUTECH is not resting on it’s oars in terms of internal generating revenue to complement efforts of the government and other stakeholders in sustaining the goodwill and mandate of the institution.

Prof. Kalilu said, “We have earmarked 50 Acres of land for the university for industrial hub so that if we are able to achieve this, the university should be making positive impact in commodity wise by translating it’s research findings that the society can have access to and in the same way generate funds to sustain the University because the University is expanding at a very rapid rate and consequently the infrastructural and personnel needs is expanding at a geometric paste and that translate to the need for more funding, so is a way by which the University is trying to sustain, to generate more funds and make direct impact through translation of research findings into cottage production.”

“So we have 50 acres for that purpose. We have just started with a modern bakery, though we already have one bakery in the school but that is using the traditional wooding oven, and the product, which is LAUTECH bread which has just been repackage and the bread is competing favourably with any bread outside the campus.” He said.

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