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NUC Accreditation Team Thumps up Physics Programme

The National Universities Commission accreditation team led by Professor Osita Meludu has commended the department and university management for quality investment in the programme, noting the team was impressed with a clear-cut and well-crafted programme philosophy and objectives after 48 hours of comprehensive scrutiny of the academic and resource available in the Department of Physics.

Professor Meludu, a Professor of Geophysics, said they were impressed with the department’s adherence to admission processes, coupled with an admirable standard of testing, evaluation, and examination, and a grading system in place for advancing the study of physics in the University.

The team applauded the usage of the Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (MOODLE) system in the course delivery process. "Going through your documents, we must commend your external examiners. These are professionals with a good reputation in the field, and your quality assurance mechanism in the department must be commended," Professor Meludu added.

The team appreciated the level of investment in staff development and conference support for faculty and technologists in the department, as well as the provision of adequate laboratory equipment to facilitate teaching at the cutting edge of technology.

Professor Meludu commended the huge investment made by the University into the Centre for Learning Resources, with subscriptions to four e-database and enormous physical copies available for teaching and relevant research endeavour.

In his remark, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abiodun H. Adebayo, appreciated the team for carrying out a detailed and thorough assessment of the Industrial Physics programme at the University and for making important suggestions that will help put the programme on firmer footing.

He explained the motive behind the adoption of customized courses for all students of the University, irrespective of the programme subscribed to. According to him, these courses are pivotal to the attainment of the founding philosophies and objectives of the University.

Professor Adebayo said the University like many others, is encountering challenges in renewing many of her software packages that are needed in some of her laboratories due to a dearth of dollars because of the nation’s apex bank's foreign exchange policy, which has impeded transactions with the original software manufacturer to drive some of her laboratory equipment. "We are not lacking the money or resources needed to buy; our main challenge is having access to the foreign exchange needed to facilitate these transactions," he averred.

Present at the exit meeting of the accreditation team were, the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Regina Tobi-David; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Olugbenga Kiki; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Professor Omotayo Osibanjo; Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Timothy Anake; Director, Centre for Learning Resources, Dr. Mercy Iroaganachi, Head, Department of Physics, Professor Mojisola Usikalu; Professor Marvel Akinyemi and Dr Maxwell Omeje.


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