By Wole Balogun (email@example.com)
Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina, and the Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies (SPGS), Prof. Raphael Ajayi Omolehin, have both unearthed ways through which graduate students pursuing certifications in PGD, Master, Mphil/PhD, and PhD, can graduate in record time.
The two erudite Professors gave the secrets behind such success during the third matriculation ceremony of the School of Postgraduate Studies, FUOYE on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 which held at the Faculty of Science Lecture Theatre, Oye Main Campus of the institution.
While addressing the newly admitted PG students after their matriculation oath-taking, the VC said: “I was challenged when a graduate from here got an Oxford University fully funded scholarship for a Master’s degree programme in the UK. And we want to replicate such here in this University. So, we are funding research endeavours in our postgraduate school with a Senate-approved fund of 50 million Naira.
“There are new courses that have been newly accredited and they will soon be brought on board. A befitting PG building will also be put in place next year. FUOYE is fast growing and it is the first to have a Postgraduate School out of the 11 Universities established by the Federal Government in 2011. We are graduating the first set of graduands during our forthcoming Convocation from December 13 to 19, 2021.
“We are not interested in delaying any student. We are not perfect but we are on the right track.
I was the first to produce a PhD graduate of this institution. We ensure that you graduate in record time. We will track you and encourage you to complete your programme in record time.
“It is expected of you to have good attitude and display good character. Be in touch with your supervisors always so as to finish your research work in record time.
We are bringing in some Professors from outside the country into the SPGS to allow us have an international touch. Do not join the bandwagon to circulate damaging news about the University, ” he advised
Promising to improve on the standard of postgraduate training in FUOYE, Prof. Omolehin said:”We are adding two Faculties to the postgraduate programmes. One of which is the Faculty of Management Sciences. They are just producing their first set of graduating students (undergraduate) so, those programmes are now eligible to be enlisted into postgraduate programmes.
“Through the incorporation of those programmes, we will increase our students’ enrolment and not just that, we will also ensure that the standard of postgraduate training is improved.
I advise the Matriculants to be good researchers.
“From experience, we found out that alot of them are coming from a background where they have not been properly grounded based on the undergraduate programmes.
It is one thing to write your coursework and pass the exams with good grades but If you are fundamentally deficient in research capability you are going to remain there, unable to graduate for many years. So, l advise the new PG matriculants to try as much as possible to aspire to be good researchers. When you are good researchers you will be able to move on well with your PG programmes without any delay in finishing your theses and dissertations. And one way of doing that is to work closely with their supervisors and also work with their colleagues who they think are a little bit better than they are, if they are able to do that, definitely, the question of finishing late would not arise,” he advised.
Commenting on the threat recently issued by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to begin another strike action to press home their demands, Prof Fasina advised the Federal Government to have a peaceful dialogue with ASUU) to avert a strike.
Prof. Fasina said that strike actions are not the best for Nigerian Universities and that many foreign Universities are experiencing free and smooth learning without any distractions.
The VC noted that he believed that both the Federal Government and ASUU would settle their differences and find a solution to avert a strike.
“The government and ASUU will work it out and make sure we do not have the strike.
“The best thing that can happen to this country’s education sector, especially tertiary institutions is for both parties to ensure that the strike is averted in the interest of the students and education as a whole,” he said.
He advised the postgraduate students; irrespective of their age to be focused and make good grades in their courseworks.
The Vice-chancellor assured them that no lecturer or supervisor would delay their programme.
“To the matriculating students, I want to encourage them to be focused, do their coursework as at when due, proceed to their fieldwork in good time, aim for excellence and I am sure that they will achieve it, ” he said.
A total of 190 postgraduate students participated in the matriculation oath-taking ceremony in the Oye Main Campus of the University.