Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
Following its academic exploits in the country, the Federal University of Technology Owerri, FUTO, has been nominated by the National Universities Commission to mentor the first private university in Imo State, Hezekiah University, Umudi in Nkwerre council area of the state.
Hezekiah University is one of the newly established institutionsthatreceived approval from the federal government recently for take-off.
Speaking on the occasion of his 4th anniversary as the 6th substantive vice chancellor of FUTO yesterday, Prof Chigozie Cyril Asiabaka disclosed that based on that the university was expected to provide academic and administrative advice to the new university for a period of five years.
According to him, FUTO was expected to send periodic reports to the NUC pending when the new university becomes academically independent.The federal government’s order, according to Asiabaka, was a testimony of the FUTO’s academic excellence, expressing enthusiasm that Hezekiah University products would become world class after receiving mentorship.
The VC disclosed that in a bid to live up to his adminis- tration’s mantra of Quest for Excellence, his administration had refocused on teaching, learning and research and that the university was consciously developing new lecture theatres, workshops, laboratories, equipping and revamping old ones to further deepen the quality of teaching and research.
He added that in the last four years, his administration had developed a research policy document for the university to ensure that there was a framework within which research activities were to be conducted in line with international best practices.
As a result of the progress achieved in sustaining vibrant research culture in the institution, he added, FUTO academic programmes had been accredited by the NUC and relevant professional bodies.
In the area of infrastructural development, the VC who took journalists round the university appreciate the level of development in the institution said in the last one year just like in the past four years, FUTO had witnessed unprecedented and unequalled infrastructural transformation.