The collaboration between the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, FUTA and the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Tallahassee, United States of Africa has further been concretized with the departure of the 3rd set of students for the continuation of their studies in America. The seven students who arrived Tallahassee for the 24th August, 2015 resumption date are Adegbulugbe, Olayiwola Olugboyega, Abioye, Olumide Festus, Titiloye, Ibukun Gbemileke, Adebisi, Adekunle Elijah (all of Civil Engineering), Egboh, Aruoture Joseph (Metallurgical and Materials Engineering; Ojo, Taiwo Peter (Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Ojo, Kehinde Elizabeth (Agricultural and Resource Economics). Five more students will join them for the January 2016 resumption window. Also, two alumni of the University are already at FAMU for their Master and Doctorate programmes respectively.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebiyi Daramola at a pre departure send forth programme urged the students to sustain the excellence set by their predecessors. Daramola emphasized the need for good character and conduct in all that they do. He said “what makes one succeed in life is character. So ensure good character first before learning. Also, strive to be good ambassadors of FUTA and Nigeria”. He described the collaboration as part of the internationalization efforts of the University saying the departing students have become global citizens and should show the world the excellence and ingenuity that FUTA has become renowned for.
Addressing the students, Chairman, Committee of Deans and Dean, School of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SEET), Professor Michael Alatise reminded them of the golden opportunity they have. He urged them not to waste the opportunity which they might find difficult to regain if misused. He also called on them to remember what they have been taught at FUTA and be good ambassadors of the Institution and Nigeria.
In a motherly counsel, Professor (Mrs) Ibiyinka Fuwape said “you are going to a new culture where people are free to do anything. You need to adjust to the new environment. You also need to prove yourselves brilliant in your academics. You will also need God to help you succeed”.
Presenting the students, Director, International Office, Professor Afolabi Akindahunsi said in view of the current trend in the academia to reach out globally, FUTA is doing well in collaborating with world class Universities and institutions. He said the programme between FUTA and FAMU is termed 4-1-1 and the aim is for final year students to complete their first degree at FAMU with the credit transferred to FUTA for them to earn FUTA degree after a year at FAMU and thereafter proceed to do their postgraduate studies in FAMU.
Responding the students said they would not let the Vice Chancellor and their lecturers, who had worked diligently to make the trip and opportunity possible, down. They pledged that the contingent would make the University and the country proud through good behaviour and academic excellence.
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