The Technical University Ibadan yesterday matriculated the pioneer set of students that got admitted into the institution at the school premises welcoming them officially as students of the institution.
The pioneer vice chancellor of the institution, Professor Ayobami Salami in his welcome address at the ceremony disclosed that the institution was established to bridge the gap created by conventional Universities across the country in the areas of entrepreneurial orientation with the aim to make not just employable, but job creators and problem solvers.
He said the university will strive to provide educational training that balances theoretical requirement with practical, hands on experiences and skills in different academic disciplines as well as vocations of interest to the students.
Professor Salami, while informing the general public that the pioneer students came from 11 states of the federation and four geo-political zones, noted that the institutions have made tremendous achievements and identified at least 10 inherent vocational skills amongst the students in less than four months of existence.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi said the technical university Ibadan is the first of its kind in the entire country with focus to blend entrepreneurial training with conventional education to achieve excellence amongst the new generation of students.
He said the institution was built on excellence and the entire pioneer student given admission on merit base, adding that the school will continue to provide the best quality education to both the brilliant children of the poor and the rich in and outside the state.
The governor, while admonishing the student to be of good character and believe in themselves advised them to take the opportunity serious and face their studies.
Meanwhile, an accomplished Oyo state indigene with outstanding international recognition, Chief Dr. Tunde Afolabi was also sworn-in officially as the first Chancellor of the university.