In what some cynics are describing as mission impossible, the Pro-chancellor of the University of Ibadan Dr Umar Mustapha, has said he aims to place the country’s premier university among the world’s top 100 universities.
In a statement, Mustapha said he would make the University of Ibadan to be the first choice for Nigerians interested in earning quality degrees, especially at post-graduate level.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report gotten by IBPulse.com revealed Mustapha, who is also the chairman of the university governing council, promised to seek more harmonious working relationship between the academic and non-academic staff of the institution.
The statement quoted him as saying that such relationship would help in improving the teaching and learning environment for the students. Mustapha, according to the statement, said that serious attention would be focused on producing more renowned and accomplished people like Emeritus Prof. Wole Soyinka, late Emeritus Prof. Chinua Achebe, Prof. Iya Abubakar and others.
It quoted the pro-chancellor as saying that this would bring international recognition to the institution and the country as a whole. The pro-chancellor said in the statement that efforts would be made to transform, within the next five years, the university’s newly established School of Business to be one of the best in Africa.
Mustapha urged the university management to vigorously pursue implementation of polices that would improve welfare of the students in terms of decent accommodation, feeding arrangements, transportation and medicare. The statement said he urged both lecturers and students to stay off plagiarism which carries serious penalty and could bring the reputation of the university to public disrepute.
Mustapha became the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the University on April 4.