Founder, Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State, Chief Michael Ade-Ojo, has urged institutions of higher learning to breed students who have the mind of wanting to know more.
Speaking during the formal unveiling of the institution’s new logo in Lagos, Ade-Ojo said, students with inquiry minds are curious, probing and inquisitive in seeking facts and this will help them in asking questions about societal happenings and proffering solutions to them.
He noted that it was in realisation of this fact that the university was set up to help train and expose Nigerian youths to quality teaching and learning experience.
Adeojo added that the new logo is a step towards actualising his vision of creating a world-class institution of higher learning, dedicated to the pursuit of academic and moral excellence.
He said, “We are unveiling this new identity to herald a new dawn in the life of our great institution established for the growth of knowledge, character as well as the total development of mankind. The new identity reflects the resolve of the university to breed young men and women who will break new grounds in all areas of human endeavours in accordance with global best practices.”
He also commended the National Universities Commission (NUC) for its support in the approval process of the new logo. Pro-Chancellor of the university, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, who also spoke at the event, harped on the relevance of building entrepreneurial spirit in young persons.
Commending the university administration for vigorously pursuing the vision of the founder, he assured that the institution would continue to strive to become notable like Harvard, Oxford and Yale universities among others.
He also announced that the university council would soon launch an endowment programme and two new scholarship schemes as part of its efforts to create a world-class institution.
“The scholarship would be for the winners of the ‘Founder’s Golf Challenge’ and the ‘Pro-Chancellor’s Fitness Challenge.’ Two students, male and female, will pick the star prizes for each activity when it is formally unveiled.
Outlining the university’s records from 2013 when it formally commenced academic activities with 13 courses, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Theophilus Fadayomi said the school at the moment has a total of 31 fully accredited academic programmes, just as students population has grown from 64 at inception to a total of 1,144 this year.
He further said that the schools’ state-of-the-art facilities for educational, physical and mental development, her high calibre teaching and non-teaching staff who employ the latest information and communications technology in diverse areas, stands the university out among its contemporaries.