Top on the august visitor’s agenda, on this visit, was an interactive session with the University’s postgraduate students, especially doctoral candidates, on the essence of adhering to international best practices in their academic research endeavours so that they would be able to compete maximally internationally. Barr. Ibrahim, who would have been accompanied on the visit by the Dean of Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Professor Christoph Loch, but for some unforeseen circumstances, decried the existing conditions governing doctoral studies in the University saying there is no way such can throw-up academic research that can be reckoned with internationally.
While canvassing a complete overhaul and re-jig of the postgraduate research framework in the University, with a strong emphasis on detailed scientific methodology across board, even in Law, Arts and Humanities. The Chairman of Energy Group appealed to the University authorities to set up a mechanism that would review the marking, scoring and grading system in the University such that the rather old and conservative grading style prevailing will be jettisoned without any adverse effect on the standard obtained in other ivy league institutions of the world.
Barr. Ibrahim having challenged the generality of the postgraduate students to redouble their efforts and ensure that their research works are targeted at solving societal problems, announced a donation of ten million naira (N10m) to the University to fund very striking research works of doctoral candidates, adding that other research-master students will receive similar support from him soon. He stated further that he planned to grow the fund in the dedicated account which he requested the University management to set-up for the research support from him, to about a hundred million (N100m) in the next couple of months.
Earlier in his remarks at the beginning of the interactive session, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, commended Barr. (Dr.) Jimoh Ibrahim (CFR) for his very good disposition towards the University, stating that the University administration appreciates his special interest and contributions to the University.
The Vice-Chancellor stressed that it is in recognition of all these contributions that the Senate approved the recommendation to confer a honourary doctorate degree on Barr. Jimoh Ibrahim in 2010. He reaffirmed the University’s readiness to cooperate with its teeming alumni, friends and supporters as they make effort to contribute their own quota to the development of Obafemi Awolowo University.
Professor Ogunbodede seized the opportunity of the event to hint the University community and other relevant stakeholders on the progress so far made with the programmes overhaul which the Senate of the University approved at the request of the administration. He further disclosed that the University is set to introduce two (2) new programmes of study in Media Studies and Aeronautics & Aeronautical Engineering.
Miffed by the spate of half-truths, lies and outrightly exaggerated unbalanced stories about the University on the social media, at times published by students of the University, the Vice-Chancellor warned the “yellow journalists” to desist from portraying the University in bad and improper light, saying failure to desist will not only diminish the image of the University but also quality of her graduates, which the perpetrators will suffer too. In her own speech, the Provost of the Postgraduate College, Professor Yetunde Ajibade, joined the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ogunbodede, to appreciate the biggest donor to the College, Barr. Jimoh Ibrahim for his unflinching support, especially for taking it upon himself to assist the University adapt international best practices.
Deputies Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Administration, Professors Simeon Bamire and Chris Ajila, respectively; the entirety of the membership of the PG College Board; incumbent College Secretary and the immediate past, Mrs Funmi Popoola and Mrs. Toyin Fadeyibi, respectively; Deans of Faculties; Directors; Departmental heads, Professors and other cadres of the teaching and non-teaching staff attended the event.