‘As at the end of the last accreditation visits to Olabisi Onabanjo University in 2017,by the National Universities Commission(NUC),the university secured accreditation for 96% of its programmes. Already seven new programmes have been approved by the council for resource verification visits by NUC’, he said.
The Vice-Chancellor added further that the postgraduate programmes continued to attract more candidates, as a result of timely completion of students programmes, disclosing that,’ plans are also underway to commence the Open Distance Learning Programme in the University, to increase access by candidates and increase our students population to about 40,000’
On the operational growth and development, he said the university was recently invited to the 150th Centenary Celebration of Morgan State University, Baltimore, USA, where Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) was signed with the university, stressing that this was being aggressively followed up by the US university.
‘A Webometric Committee was established to improve the visibility of the university through the enhancement of its web presence, such that in the next couple of months, OOU that currently ranks as 18th in Nigeria, will move within the first five universities in this country. This university has also been e-compliant in its meetings at most levels, thus reducing cost and facilating efficiency’
In her own address, the Pro-Chancellor of the university, Mrs Mosun Belo-Olusoga gave assurance that the council will sustain the progress so far made and improve on it, stating that the institution has enjoyed a very rapid infrastructural development in the last five years, because of judicious utilization of funds from the state government, Tetfund, NEEDS, a s well as Internally Generated Revenue.
The Chairman of the Council called on the graduands to summon all the enthusiasm that they mustered during their studenship in the university, and strive hard to make significant differences as they go into the world.
‘The acquisition of a university degree should in no way signify the end of education. The years you spent here represented nothing more than an important interlude in the process of molding you into the person you are destined to become’, she told the graduands.
However, the highlight of the ceremony was conferment of Honorary Doctorate Degrees to some notable personalities which include; Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede (Chairman ,Coronation Capital Limited}, Mrs Ibukun Awosika (Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Limited) and Professor Toyin Omoyeni Falola. Similarly, the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun laid the foundation of the Senate 10 storey building of the institution.