A visitor to the Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, Osun State, three years ago would be marvelled at the rate of development of the school.
Its Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof Joseph Ogunwale, said the expansion of the university sited on over 50 hectares of land, was necessary because of the expected increase in the number of students to be admitted by the institution.
“We are doing that because we envisage that within the next two years, the students’ population will soar. We don’t want to wait until the number soars,” he said.
Currently, under construction are more structures to house library and classrooms. Ogunwale said the library and lecture halls were being extended to create more space for better study environment. This is in addition to the purchase of relevant equipment for the sciences.
He said the laboratories in Management Sciences, Computer Science, Chemical Sciences and Biological Sciences are being periodically stocked to meet the standards.
“We want to acquire more equipment in the College of Applied Science,” he said.
The three-year-old university is working on affiliation with foreign universities, which, according to Ogunwale, will benefit everybody.
“The affiliation is such that it will benefit both the students and the lecturers. They will be able to send few of their lecturers to Oduduwa University. Some of the students will be able to come to the university and they will be able to transfer some of the credits from the home university to us and we will be able to transfer our own too,” he said, adding that the agreement would soon be sealed.
Aside the academic structures, the VC said a new football pitch with its modern pavilion and the basket ball court, are ready for use.
While insisting that the school is not a faith-based institution, he nevertheless added that Oduduwa does not tolerate excesses of students which some term as freedom.
“We know that any child that attains the age of 18 is an adult but bad character that they have developed in the secondary school will not be tolerated on the campus. We don’t allow cigarette smoking; we don’t allow excessive behaviour on campus.
“If we allow cigarette and alcohol, we would be building up students that could be violent. If you combine alcohol and cigarette, the boys will go to the third aspect, which is raping the girls that is the major reason it is not allowed on campus,” he said.
To make the students self-employed after graduating, the school introduced entrepreneurial studies in the second year, as part of the courses to be taken by the students.
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