By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
As the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) in Ekiti State is set to hold maiden edition of the matriculation ceremony of the School of Post Graduate (PG) Studies on March 27,varsity dons across the nation, national figures and monarchs of note will on March 27, grace the occasion.
First professor of Dance in Africa and former Artistic Director, Abuja Carnival, now Dean, PG school, FUOYE, Prof. Rasaki Ojo Bakare,disclosed this at the weekend.
Bakare said FUOYE school of post graduate studies took off in October 2017 and was inspired by the need to get the university to offer post graduate education so as to utilize its huge manpower to the maximum level.
According to him”FUOYE’ PG school was inspired to ensure maximum utilization of its man power.
“The university has many professors and academics as staff members,and you don’t really feel fulfilled as a senior academic without you engaging at teaching at the post graduate level. This university has really gone far ahead of all universities that existed same time with it in terms of personnel, infrastructure, acquisition of teaching facilities and availability of laboratories, academic staff and non academic staff and so by October 2017, we thought that the university was ripe for teaching at the post graduate level.
This was what led to the university Senate to take the decision to start the school,” he said.
He said that all academic programmes offered by the PG school have full accreditation from the National Universities Commission (NUC).
“We took off with 16 programmes in eight departments both at masters and doctoral levels but we had to wait until more of our programmes acquired full accreditation status, and as soon as that happened, more departments were enrolled into the post graduate programmes and so as we speak now , we have 60 programmes across 30 departments in the school, both at the Masters and PhD levels. A few of the departments also offer Post graduate diploma programmes.”he stated.
The university don, who urged qualified candidates to make FUOYE their first choice for post graduate studies explained that “Though, FUOYE is a new university, just about nine years old, but we are very ambitious, consistently, we have been ranked between 12 and 14 out of 96 universities in the country.
According to him”FUOYE has been the first among its peers, I mean among those Universities that Former President Goodluck Jonathan established. The height the university has attained is monumental and that is its selling point for the post graduate school. You need a university that worth its onions, you need a university that is hungry for name and fame, to start a post graduate school.
“If you go to a place where people feel relaxed, or satisfied with what they have achieved, you are not going to have a fulfilled experienced as a post graduate student.
“The fact that in FUOYE there is so much happening, we are up beat in virtually everything we do because we want to catch up with the likes of University of Ibadan, and Obafemi Awolowo universities of this world, is enough reason why students should come here because we know we aim at the best in what we are doing here, this is why qualified candidates should make FUOYE their choice for post graduate studies.”
Bakare while speaking further about the maiden edition of the PG school’s matriculation ceremony said”The matriculation ceremony is just a brief event to make our students legal and bonafide students of the university. It is when you are matriculated and have a matriculation number that you become a legal student. Post graduate students will adorn their academic gowns and listen to one or two lecture speeches.
“Take the matriculation oaths and sign the forms and get their matriculation numbers. Because this is our first matriculation ceremony in FUOYE, so we should really celebrate it. It signifies that the university is maturing, we will be having as inviter guests bigwigs, traditional rulers, some of the Deans of post graduate studies across the country, some Very Important Personalities, leaders of thought, university administrators and some national figures and others will be invited.
Prof. Bakare who founded the Department of Theatre and Media Arts, (TMA), of FUOYE commented on the performance of Ola Rotimi’s high comedy, Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again, which would be staged by post graduate students of the school as part of the matriculation event.
“The post graduate students of the department of theatre feel it would be appropriate for them to entertain their colleagues in other Dept’s with a performance so they chose Ola Rotimi’s Our husband has gone mad again which is a high comedy , I am aware that the performance is ready as they have been rehearsing for some time. The performance will cone up March 25 and 26. I consider it a good one coming from them, feeling that the matriculation should not go without them bringing their colleagues for entertainment in the theatre to enjoy the performance.”
He hinted that the PG school of FUOYE woukd start its second academic session on September: “We should be advertising before the end of this month, in a week from now, we will have our adverts on the PG school website and in some national papers.
The 2019/2018 academic session according to him will take off in September 2019 which means that students should begin to apply from April this year and we should be through with admission by June or July this year.”