Professor Gbolagunte Presents Crawford’s 5 th Inaugural Lecture
The 5th Inaugural Lecture of Crawford University is to be presented by Professor Gbolagade Durodola Gbolagunte the Director of the University’s ORLIC. The Lecture, titled “Animal Skin: Once You See it, You Can’t Unsee It”, will be presented at the Multi-purpose Hall of the Igbesa, Ogun State-based University on the 4 th of June, 2019 at 3:00pm.

Professor Gbolagunte, a proud product of Ibadan Boys’ High School in the mid-1960s obtained his First Degree in Biology from Seattle Pacific University, in the USA before proceeding to the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, for his Postgraduate and Doctoral studies in Veterinary Anatomy in 1983 and 1997, respectively. He is a member of the Parasitology Society of Nigeria, Biotechnology Society of Nigeria and Associate Member of the British Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists among several others.
An avid writer, he also have served in top editorial positions for many technical and professional journals like Journal of leather and Chemical Technology, Journal of research and Industrial Studies. He is married with grown children.



The VC presenting a plague to the schoool that won the World Book Day debate – Saso College
The VC presenting a plague to the Zika College for participating in the debate competition

 


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2019 Election in Focus – Department of Political Science & International Relations in Conjunction with INEC

2019 forthcoming General Election
Crawford University’s Department of Political Science and International Relations organised in conjunction with INEC a sensitisation programme for the forthcoming General Election. In the pictures are the officials of the University and INEC officials.
Political Awareness
The speaker at an earlier session last year pointed out the need for our youths to be politically aware to counter the noted voters apathy in the general south of the country (though they may be educated) compared to their counterparts in the North, who though not as educated, are very politically-minded.
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Hope we have a peaceful polling season!


We produce entrepreneurs and industrialists—Prof. Rotimi Ajayi, Vice Chancellor, Crawford University

Professor Rotimi Ajayi has a pleasant but equally challenging task as the Vice Chancellor of Crawford University, Igbesa, Nigeria. To aid brilliant but indigent students, the university devised partial scholarship opportunities and a work-study scheme to ensure that its most brilliant students are not denied access to quality education. In an interview granted an online media outfit, Prof. Ajayi elaborated on the funding deficit in private institutions and how various groups and government could tackle it. He also detailed how the Crawford University is creating excellent entrepreneurs and industrialists as solutions to unemployment and underdevelopment in Africa.

Funding is a major challenge for both universities and students. How can both entities stay afloat
You will appreciate that education is expensive and higher education, even more so. But it is also universally accepted that for sustained national development, it is desirable for nations to keep nurturing a sizeable number of young people that would be highly skilled and knowledgeable to drive the wheels of the national economy, especially now that we know that the global economy is now a knowledge economy. So, it is in the interest of all to ensure that the economic and environmental conditions of the nation are of a nature that would guarantee the survival of our educational institutions, be they public or private. No effort should be spared to ensure that our institutions not only survive but also that they thrive and expand to provide adequate access to as many bright young people that are qualified to come in irrespective of their socio-economic background.
Specifically, for the over 70 private universities in Nigeria, we are presently faced with the challenge of idle-capacity. Not that there are no students to utilize our idle capacities but that they are unable to pay. You recently graduated from a foreign university and you will appreciate that private university is first a business. And for it to survive, it must first be able to attract qualified prospects who must be able to pay for the services provided. Howsoever, higher education may be desired, somebody must pay the bill. The government is paying the chunk of it for the public varsities. But for the private varsities, they must be paid solely by the sponsors or in conjunction with other interest groups. I think organisations like yours should now take up the gauntlet of identifying, sensitizing and mobilizing these other interest groups to own and undertake this very crucial support function for the survival of higher education system in Nigeria. For the purpose of explicitness, let me mention some of these interest groups. We have the alumni associations, educational NGOs, corporate organisations and multinationals, foundations, social groups and associations and so on. Our societal may not have developed the giving culture as obtained in many western cultures, but then, we should realize that culture is dynamic, especially when it must respond to extant social realities. We need to mobilise resources in form of soft loans, grants, endowments and donations to augment the fees payable by the parents of these students to build our private tertiary educational infrastructures. It may interest you to know that on average every year, Harvard University’s budget is around $4.5 billion. Of that chunk of money, students, paying on average $12,000 for tuition, room and feeding contributed a paltry 22 per cent. A staggering 44 per cent of this sum is from donations. Thomas Hollister, Harvard’s Vice President for Finance commented that “From a financial perspective, philanthropy is the critical driver of the excellence to which Harvard aspires in the transformative teaching and ground-breaking research.” He continued still in that report that the United States’ philanthropic history has helped to create leading universities, hospitals and social service agencies that serve the nation in ways that are the envy of the global community. It is an established fact that we are a nation that is generous in nature. What just need be done now is to awaken and sensitise our people to the task of institution building, especially our educational institutions. We need to demonstrate the fact that these institutions are only by name private businesses. In actual fact, they are social commonwealth that are held in trust by the founders and promoters. The benefits they yield to the entire Nigerian nation are not enjoyed only by these promoters. If we have a secure nation that is economically advancing and a pride of the African continent, it is directly traceable to the efforts of our educational institutions.
Government Should Wake Up to its Responsibilities
The task of educating the Nigerian young people, according to the constitution, falls on the shoulder of the government. But we all know that the task cannot be carried out solely by the government. So, government should recognize and appreciate the contributions of these private institutions of learning. In Nigeria, a critical tool in developing our tertiary institutions, most visibly in the area of infrastructure is the Tertiary Educational Trust Fund, TETFUND. This institution presently caters only for the public institutions. Strong representations are presently being directed to the government that considerations be given to private institutions also. This may be attached to some yet-to-be determined criteria. If this is done, it would be to the greater benefit of the Nigerian nation.
Lastly on this, it is needful that an Education Bank be established, or a fund instituted to be administered by a federal agency for the provision of soft long-term educational loans for students. We are not re-inventing the wheel; this model has been tried and tested elsewhere. The loans would be payable as soon as the concerned student begins work or establish a business. These are the steps that may be taken, in line with the best global practices for the survival of our institutions on the one hand and for the successful gaining of access and acquisition of learning by our qualified students.
Are there scholarship or bursary opportunities for students in Crawford University?
Yes, there are scholarship opportunities put up to aid brilliant students in Crawford. Firstly, I must point out to you that our fees are one of the most affordable in our catchment area. None of our programmes costs more than N500,000 per session. The range is between N461,000 and N496,000. We also allow students to pay twice, or in special cases, other structured arrangements.
Our Scholarship Programme
Crawford University scholarship programme: it is tied to excellence and good behaviour in the institution. We provide partial scholarship to students that come top each year from each level from our two colleges; the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, and the College of Business and Social Sciences. The administration of this scholarship is assigned to our Scholarship and Work-Study Administration Unit SAWSA. The centre also sees to the Work-Study Scheme which provide opportunities for students to work and earn little stipends with which they could augment their day-to-day maintenance in the institution.
Efforts are under-way to expand and deepen these students-support schemes to accommodate others and create wider access for students to come in and enjoy the world class educational experience on offer in Crawford.
In what areas has Crawford University distinguished itself?
We are distinguishing ourselves in a lot of innovative and exciting ways. According to our mandate, we are striving to produce graduates that would be well-balanced in their academic, social and spiritual development. Acculturation in integrity is very important to us. For you in the media, I am sure that you would be well appraised in the humongous opportunities of which our nation is deprived by the action of public officials, politicians, even players in the private sectors. We are striving to produce students that would come out and become significant game-changers, young people of integrity and probity who would rebuild the fallen walls of our nation.
Beyond that, we are strengthening our entrepreneurial and innovative teaching and learning infrastructure to produce graduates that would be well-equipped to seize opportunities in the productive sectors of the economy. Many of our products are presently entrepreneurs, business owners and industrialists, providing employments for others in place of struggling with others in the job market. We are striving to position our school as the Number 1 entrepreneurial university in Nigeria seeing as we are propitiously positioned in the major industrial corridor of the Agbara/Igbesa area of Ogun State. It will interest you to know that graduates leave this university with three certificates: the degree in their academic discipline, a certification in ICT as well as another in entrepreneurial training. A major take-away in the Crawford learning experience is the acquisition of the entrepreneurial thinking. This basically is the training of the mind to search out and identify needs, gaps or requirement which could be satisfied at a sustainable profit.
Are there foreign collaborations and exchange plans going on?
Yes, we have collaborations with some foreign institutions and universities for exchange of students and members of faculty. For instance, we have an ongoing collaboration with the Galilee International Management Institute in Israel where interested students of our MBA programme may go for a counterpart training in management disciplines.

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Crawford University matriculates 355 students


Crawford University matriculates 355 students
355 students were matriculated.
14th matriculation ceremony
The 14th matriculation ceremony which held on Friday, January 25, 2019, was attended by dignitaries, family members as well as well-wishers of the new students.

VC's Matriculation Brief
Addressing the matriculants during the ceremony held in the Multi-purpose Hall of the university, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Rotimi Ajayi, congratulated the new students on their formal acceptance into the institution. He urged them to live up to the expectations of their parents, communities and nation.
“Your nation, Nigeria, is expecting you to acquire skills and knowledge with which you will be able not only to contribute your quota to the task of nation-building, but also to probably find some answers to one or several of the challenges bedevilling our political, social and economic space, “he said.
About 355 students made up of 100 students in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, CONAS; 145 students in the College of Business and Social Sciences;100 students in the School of Part-Time Studies and 10 students in the School of Post Graduate Studies.