Institutions affiliated to the University of Ilorin have been tasked to ensure best of global practices for which the University is known.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali gave this charge recently during an interactive workshop organised for the affiliates of the University by the Centre for Affiliated Institutions, University of Ilorin.
Ambali, who was represented during the workshop by the Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Academic), Prof. (Mrs.) N. Y. S. Ijaiya, said the purpose of the workshop was not to demonstrate superiority rather as an internal mechanism to promote quality.
According to him, such workshop was crucial towards ensuring that students get the best of education, explaining that it was also important to ensure accountability and make teaching and learning effective.
“Education is key in this ICT age. What we offer today may not be sufficient for the future. We must, therefore, look at the future” he stated.
The Vice-Chancellor, who noted that affiliation helps to ensure quality staffing and correct assessment of facilities, pointed out that the relationship would help the affiliated institutions to have proper evaluation.
Describing the relationship as symbiotic, he charged the affiliated institutions to maintain the culture of academic excellence, which the University of Ilorin is known for.
In his opening speech, the Director, Centre for Affiliated Institutions, Prof. A. O. Omotosho, said that the workshop was very important as it would afford the two sides to have a roundtable discussion in order to foster good working relationship aimed at realising the very objective for which affiliation was sought in the first place.
Omotosho stated that the Centre was established to share the University’s experience with the institutions in order to improve their standards so that their products could meet the ever increasing demand of admission and the labour market.
“We owe you the obligation to help you moderate and monitor your examinations in order to ensure that students are properly assessed and merit whatever verdict we pass on them in terms of grade of their result” he added.
According to Omotosho ,having somebody to supervise one’s work is necessary for any organisation that desires to have quality products, maintaining that such supervision in modern time is called quality control arrangement.
Affiliated institutions represented at the workshop included,: Arabic and Islamic Training Centre, MARKAZ, Agege; ECWA Theological Seminary, Igbaja; Imam Malik College, Ibadan; Al-Ummah College of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Ikirun; the Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta; and UMCA Theological College, Ilorin.