The newly admitted Postgraduate Students of the Federal University of Technology, Akure have been urged to make positive contributions to the development of the institution. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebiyi Daramola stated this at the matriculation ceremony for over 2,000 students admitted into the institutions Postgraduate Diploma, Masters, Masters of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and Doctorate Programmes.
Professor Daramola who spoke through the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Adedayo Fasakin said the University Management has been considering areas of empowering the School of Postgraduate Studies in order to cope with its rising challenges and expectations.
To achieve this, “the School is already taking some pro-active steps to make the experience of Postgraduate Students quite smooth while in the University”.
The Vice Chancellor said the decision to bridge the gap between Postgraduate Students and the University authority through a forum involving Student Representatives and the School of Postgraduate Studies was to create a mutually rewarding relationship. “It is hoped that the Postgraduate Students will, through the forum project issues bothering them and make input into innovations and restructuring of Postgraduate Programmes in the University,” Daramola said.
In his address, Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, (SPGS), who is also Chairman, Committee of Deans, Professor M.A.K. Smith, called on the students to impact the University Community positively with their maturity and experience. He said FUTA has enormous opportunities for development for the serious type.
The Matriculation Oath was administered on 1,007 Postgraduate Diploma Students, 978, Masters Students, 3 M.Phil. Students and 136 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Students.
Principal Officers of the University and Deans of Schools witnessed the occasion.