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Tuesday 13 April 2021

NUC Storms OOU For Programmes Accreditation

▪︎Management Hope for an 100% status

By Blessing Emmanuel

The National Universities Commission (NUC) Accreditation Teams storms Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye for another round of accreditation of its programmes from March 28 to April 28, 2021, but postponed to April 8, 2022. The Accreditation Teams who are expected from different parts of the Country, are billed to reappraise 49 academic programmes of the university.

The University Management, towards ensuring a hitch free exercise, already has in place several measures including the procurement of necessary equipment and provision of facilities, especially for various Departments that are due for NUC accreditation. Recently, all preparations are being rounded off for the all important exercise.

Amid the 49 programmes to undertake accreditation are Civil Engineering, Nursing, Music and Linguistics, only this four programmes have enjoyed resource verification assessment. Currently the University has 74 undergraduate programmes. However, the management and staff strongly believes that the University would scale the stumbling blocks of this accreditation. 

Concerning the visit by the NUC team, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ganiyu Olatunji Olatunde, said the University is doing everything possible to achieve 100 percent full accreditation status for its programmes. According to him, he described accreditation as significant, saying it offers ample opportunity to have quality assurance evaluation of the University programmes and avenue to gain independent insight into the core activities of the University from accredited organisation such as NUC through peer review activities.

The Head of Chemical Sciences Department, Prof. Najeem Babarinde, while commenting on the level of preparedness, said all was set for the accreditation as necessary aspects at the Department had been improved upon by the University Management.

"I can say that we are ready, even if it'sgoing to be tomorrow," Babarinde declared. "Everything that we need to do, we have done it".

Speaking in the same vein, the Ag. Head of Mass Communication Department, Dr Dele Odunlami, pointed out that his Department was not lagging behind as most of its facilities had been upgraded prior to the latest accreditation efforts.

He says, "From the Department of Mass Communication, my expectation is high; high in the sense that all our studios are functional, with the exception of the PRAD(Public Relations and Advertising) studio and that's what we are now addressing. Beyond that, we have a functional radio station which is digital. The TV studio is also there, some equipment have just been procured to keep up to date and the photo lab space is also being provided.

It will be recalled that when the current administration of Prof. Olatunde came on board, the University accreditation status stood at 76 percent. However, due to purposeful leadership exemplified by great commitment to proper re-engineering and consolidation, the present Management was able to get more programmes accredited, thus bringing the accreditation status of the University to an impressive 97.2 percent.

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