By Joshua Afolabi
Management of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, to run bachelor degree programmes.
According to a statement signed by the Media Relations Officer of the polytechnic, Mr. Tope Abiola, the move is part of efforts to bridge the gap between the Bachelor Degree and the Higher National Diploma (HND) certificates in the country.
He also stated that the collaboration would give students the opportunity to enrich themselves with practical and theoretical knowledge needed to nourish their skills and expertise already acquired in their various disciplines.
Abiola said the programme was designed to enable HND holders convert to bachelor degrees in relevant areas of their studies, while those who had earlier possessed bachelor degrees but are willing to run a top-up programme in another discipline related to their areas of studies could also have the opportunity.
While signing the memorandum, the Rector of the polytechnic, Dr. Jacob Agboola, declared that about 39 courses were accredited recently for the institution, both at the National and Higher National Diploma levels by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
Dr. Agboola explained that the collaboration would enable graduates of the polytechnic who had HND and others from other institutions actualise their dreams of having bachelor degrees, which could enable them to go for master and doctorate degrees.
“Our polytechnic is ranked among the best polytechnics in Nigeria, and our 38 courses were fully accredited by the NBTE recently. Our collaboration will be fruitful and improve the standard of education in Nigeria.
Agboola said. “We believe in the standard of your university, and with this relationship, teeming youths who are dreaming of having bachelor degrees will have the opportunity,”
While responding, the Vice Chancellor of the Ajayi Crowther University, Professor Dapo Asaju, lauded the step taken by the management of the polytechnic.
He said: “We don’t just collaborate with any institution; but the standard and credibility we saw when our team visited the polytechnic to assess the quality of your equipment and staff endeared us to collaborate with you. I urge you to maintain it.