Professor Ayobami Salami; is the pioneer Vice Chancellor of First Technical University, Ibadan (Tech-U). He explains the significance of technical universities.
What makes technical universities different from conventional ones?
Today, conventional universities are producing graduates that look for jobs and cannot stand on their own. The orientation of a conventional university; is to equip people with certificates and those students have a lot of potentials, however, nobody can eat potential without being commercialized.
Here in our Technical University, we want to produce graduates that; won’t have only potentials but who will actually be able to actualize their dreams; those that will be assets to the society in terms of the value they can add, not by virtue of their certificates but by virtue of their skills. They practically contribute to their immediate community and the nation at large.
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