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FUOYE VC decries poor research efforts in Nigerian varsities

FUOYE VC decries poor research efforts in Nigerian varsities

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Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti

Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), Prof. Kayode Shoremekun, has decried what he described as dwindling research endeavours by university students, particularly at the post-graduate level.

Shoremekun, who attributed the development to low level of support from the Federal Government and private institutions for such efforts, said sustainable development and meaningful growth are only achievable via adequate and continuous research in universities

He urged the government and other education stakeholders as well as post-graduate students across the nation’s universities to put in more effort in research studies.

The vice chancellor made the remarks during the maiden edition of FUOYE’s matriculation ceremony for 292 post-graduates students. 

He was represented on the occasion by Prof. Babatope Alabadan, who is the chairman, Committee of Deans and Dean of Faculty of Engineering, FUOYE.

Other dons and dignitaries of the institutions present at the event included the Dean, FUOYE School of Post Graduate Studies, Olayinja Ajayi, acting Registrar, Prof. Rasaki Bakare, Deans of Faculties of Agriculture, Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts as well as Dean, Faculty of Arts of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Gbemisola Adeoti.

The vice chancellor, in his address entitled: “Common academic and academic mistakes by post-graduate students,” said: “Research is important in the development and productive growth of any nation. Those who are ready to invest their time to do thorough research are needed, but, the profile of research efforts in Africa is relatively low, so, the future lies on young researchers, which is you post-graduate students.

Commenting on the developmental strides of the institution, he said: “We make certain amount of money available for students as research grants. We also take care of the indigent students. We encourage our academics and they are doing very well. Our students have won many international laurels, while our lecturers have won several fellowships globally. As for facilities, many of the older universities are envious of our facilities.”

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