Friday, 24 June 2016

My Administration Achieved More Than Set Targets – Bamitale Omole

Professor Bamitale Omole, the outgone Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile Ife, Osun State, has said his administration achieved above set targets.

Omole made the remark at a media parley where he gave account of his stewardship at the OAU Guest House in Lagos.

Professor Omole who was the 10th Vice Chancellor of the institution assumed the post in June 23, 2011, thus, his five-year tenure ended June 23, 2016.

He divided the area of his achievements into Academic and research, ICT, Infrastructural development, Welfare of staff and work ethics and general aesthetic of the university.

“It is my great pleasure to say that my administration has gone beyond the targets that we set for ourselves. Through purposeful and focused research activities, the ranking of OAU improved tremendously, such that the university was for four consecutive years (2011 to 2015), rated the best and number one university in Nigeria and fifth best university in Africa by the Cybermetric Labs in Spain, a leading assessing global ranking of universities moving from Number 6 in Nigeria and Number 79 in Africa.

“This is a reflection of our commitment to sustain the cherished academic heritage of our university,” he added.

Professor Omole further stated that all his achievements were wonderful but most dear to him was the academic and infrastructural development and the great feats he achieved in ICT, which made the institution the leading university in bandwidth in Nigeria.

“In furtherance of the determination of my administration to make ICT the fulcrum of our development process, we increased the bandwidth from 39 Mbps as at October, 2011 to 800Mbps as at April this year.

“This makes OAU the leading university in bandwidth among Nigerian universities. In spite of limitations, we had improved funding for research activities. We are the only university with an installed Telepresence studio with cloud computing environment all first of their kind in Nigeria,” he stated.

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