By Sunday Saanu, University of Ibadan.
The Post Graduate School of the University of Ibadan has been upgraded to a Post Graduate College and it will be headed by a Provost.
This was disclosed by the University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka while addressing a world press conference on the 70th anniversary of the institution in his office.
Prof. Olayinka said the Council decided to upgrade the school in order to increase its productivity level, pointing out that the school has so far done well but, “we want it to deliver more”.
The new College which, according to the VC, will be headed by a Provost, assisted by two Deputy Provosts shall also have two Deputy Registrars, thereby possessing necessary human resources to make it deliver optimally.
The decision to upgrade the school may not be unconnected with the desire of the university to concentrate more on the Post Graduate studies, producing sound academics for younger universities in the country.
The UI, with over 400 professors, the highest in the country, turns out the highest number of Ph.D degree holders in Africa every year. The institution plans to have undergraduate-postgraduate student ratio profile of 4-6.