By: Aduwo Ayodele
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Kayode O. Adebowale has on Thursday, January 18th 2024 restated the University’s commitment to excellence, while nothing that the tradition of excellence handed over by the Founding fathers must be guarded with care.
The Vice Chancellor during the induction or oath taking ceremony, organized by the Postgraduate College for 2022/2023 Postgraduate students of the university also expressed disdain at students misconducts, as ‘The University has zero tolerance for examination malpractices and plagiarism’.
“Degrees of the University of Ibadan are awarded in character and in learning. You must ensure that in all you do, your character remains intact. The UI Postgraduate College is indeed a place of high standards, and as students you have made the right choice.”
The Vice-Chancellor during the occasion had announced that a total of 5,136 candidates applied for admission into the University’s higher degree programmes in the 19 Faculties of the University. Out of which only 4,170 candidates were recommended for admission by the various departments, while only 3,285 were successfully cleared.
Also, the Vice Chancellor has also given his assurance that the Management of the University, the committed lecturers, and the non-teaching staff were all jointly prepared to serve the students and make their stay very fulfilling.
Professor Adebowale extended his address to international students newly admitted. He noted that although the experience being in a new country could be very challenging, right guidance could make their stay full of opportunities and excitement. He drew the attention of this set of students to the Office of International Programmes that would assist them to adjust to life and styles on campus, where need be.
In his speech, the Provost of the Postgraduate College, Professor A. S. O. Ogunjuyigbe noted “the ceremony was the annual programme of the Postgraduate College to welcome students into their respective programme(s) at the University of Ibadan and to effectively synchronise desires/goals, traditions, operations, and to normalize the academic contract with the students”.
Professor A. S. O. Ogunjuyigbe reiterated that for the 2022/2023 session, only 3285 postgraduate students have been successfully cleared for different programmes, including Post Graduate Diploma, Academic and Professional Masters, M.Phil. PhD and MD. Also, the Provost noted that the Postgraduate College will establish a special meeting hub for the doctoral students via the UI Doctoral Academy, which will be launched in the first quarter of this year.
The symbolic signing of the Oath during the ceremony was undertaken by a former Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Chief Alake Adeyemo; Miss Stella Ovo; and Mr Lookman Olatunji on behalf of all the newly admitted students. The students were advised to ensure that the Oath was duly signed and returned to the Deputy Registrar at the Postgraduate College as part of their records.
The ceremony was attended by the Principal Officers of the University; Deans of Faculties; Heads of Departments; Directors of Institutes/Centres as well as other functionaries of the University.
Papers presented at the induction ceremony include, a Glimpse of UI Postgraduate College by Professor A. S. O. Ogunjuyigbe, Provost; Academic Excellence: A must for UI Postgraduate Students by Professor A. I. Olayinka, FAS, former Vice-Chancellor; The University of Ibadan Financial Regulations by Mr A. Popoola, Bursar; PG Research Outputs and National Development: the Role/Place of UI PG Products/Scholars by Professor A. A. Aderinto, former Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic; UI Library Students’ Friendliness: An Exposition of her Physical and Virtual Services by Dr Mercy A. Iroaganachi, University Librarian; Living by UI Codes and Conducts by Professor Keye Abiona, Dean of Students; Understanding the Security of the Space You Dwell by Mr. V. G. Fadeyibi, Chief Security Officer.