By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Indications have emerged that the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) may anytime from now become a dual mode University as the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, has entered into a partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), in Vancouver, Canada, with a view to making the varsity runs both conventional academic programmes and Distance Learning.
Speaking with journalists on the development in Oye-Ekiti on Saturday, Prof. Soremekun,said COL,is an intergovernmental organisation established by the Commonwealth Heads of Government in1988, to encourage the development and sharing of open learning and distance education knowledge,and resources.
Soremekun explained that the CLO was funded mainly to enchancing the quality of educational programmes of the Commonwealth nations, COL hosts a biennial Pan-commonwealth Forum on Open learning (PCF), and Excellence in Distance Awards programme.
The VC said running of open distance learning will expand the scope of scholarship around the globe through access to university education and exchange programme among commonwealth universities.
He said Nigeria as a prominent member-nation of the Commonwealth, has representatives on COL’s Board of Governors, and this enables the country’s fast growing academic institutions to have linkages with the organisation on Open learning and distance programme.
Soremekun said:”I have visited COL and held series of meetings with the organisation and the matters discussed were focused on developing FUOYE with regards to quality assurance, employability and the strategy to transit FUOYE into a dual mode University.
“Dual mode means that we are complementing our existing orthodox programmes with the Distance Learning Programme.”