FUTA EMERGES BEST UNIVERSITY IN SOUTH WEST
In recognition of its outstanding performance and academic excellence , the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) has been adjudged the best university in the South West while its Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape emerged the best Vice Chancellor in the zone at the second edition of the South West Education Award held at the Redeemer’s University, Ede (RUE), Osun State on Tuesday , May 21,2019.Declaring the occasion open the Chairman, South West Education Awards (SWEA) and Chairman Screening Committee, Pastor Honey Olawale said since its maiden edition held at the University of Ibadan (UI) in 2018, the organization has based its assessment and criteria for choosing winners on merit and not influenced by cash. He said the aim of the award was to celebrate Nigerian great achievers in the education sector across the South West region. He said FUTA was selected for its groundbreaking achievements and consistent academic excellence of its staff and students.
Receiving the awards, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Development, Professor Phillip Oguntunde who represented the Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape, said the award is coming at a time
FUTA has redoubled efforts to be among the best in the Comity of Universities not only in Nigeria but globally. He said the award is a clarion call for FUTA and the Vice Chancellor to continue to sustain the tempo of development. He thanked the organizers of the even for recognizing and acknowledging the efforts of the Vice Chancellor just within his two years in office.
Delivering a key note lecture on infectious diseases at the occasion, Professor Christian Tiench Happi, Director of African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) domiciled in (RUE) said Africa is a blessed continent with excess and abundance of everything such as mineral resources, natural resources, favourable weather, and also unfortunately famine with poverty and infectious diseases. Speaking on Genomics Revolution, he said Africans must begin to learn how to do things in a different way in a bid to achieve new and meaningful results. Professor Christian stated that naturally the African mind scope is very shallow. He advised that preventing outbreak of diseases should
not just be restricted to laboratories only, the people in villages and rural communities need to be enlightened on causes and prevention.