A General Overview of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH)
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) is an autonomous public institution with the general function of providing liberal higher education and encouragement to the rapid advancement of learning throughout Nigeria.
The legal basis of the University is the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Act which transferred to the University, the property to the former Ogbomoso Girls High School, Ogbomoso, under the Act; – The University consists of Chancellor, Pro-Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Council Senate, Congregation, all Graduates and Undergraduates of the University in accordance with the provisions of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Edict No.
The university runs three academic programmes: pre-degree science programme, undergraduate programmes and post-graduate programmes. The university is jointly owned by two states in Nigeria: Oyo and Osun states. The entire student body population of both undergraduates and postgraduates is presently about 25,000 with 3,000 dynamic and highly dedicated staff and faculty members.
For two consecutive seasons, 2003 and 2004, the university has been adjudged by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) as the best state university in Nigeria. The university has two campuses: Ogbomoso and Osogbo campuses and is currently made up of six faculties and a college.
Programmes offered at the University attract professional recognitions through their emphasis on close working links with industry and other professions. LAUTECH’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes emphasize the importance of a solid base of broad skills and knowledge through a carefully designed core curriculum, which was conceived with a focus on the needs and requirements of Nigerian society and her labour market. The University’s teaching and research are innovatively based on the smart use of emerging technologies.
The University values the development of personal and entrepreneurial leadership skills in every student. The core values of excellence, integrity and service lay the groundwork for the development of future community, regional, national and international leaders.
A Brief Historical Background of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH)
The conception of the University began in 1987 when Governor Adetunji Olurin, the then Military Governor of Oyo State, responding to a letter from the Governing Council of the Polytechnic Ibadan set up a seven member interministerial committee under the chairperson of Mrs. Oyinkan Ayoola. The Committee submitted its report in 1988 and recommended the establishment of a State University.
In response to their submission, a 15-member committee of distinguished academicians under the chairmanship of Professor J. A. Akinpelu was inaugurated to further deliberate on the matter. The committee again retained the earlier verdict of the necessity for a new University in the then Oyo State. Several other committees, notably that of the Archdeacon (Dr) E. O. Alayande also deliberated on the viability of an Oyo State University.
Then in October 1989, an inter-ministerial committee set up by the Governor, Col. Sasaenia Adedeji Oresanya under the Chairperson of Mrs. Lydia Oyewumi Abimbola the State Commissioner for Education by then, conclusively approved the idea and launched the Higher Education Development Appeal Fund of the University. A total Sum of N19m was realized in both cash and pledges from the launching ceremonies conducted in the State Capital and in the 42 Local Government Areas of the State. Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola who was the chief launcher, donated a total sum of N2.05 million.
On the 9th of February 1990, the Abimbola Administerial committee established a Technical Committee of distinguished Academics chaired by Prof. (Chief) E. A. Tugbiyele to formulate the blue print for the infrastuctures and administration of the new University. The committee submitted its report, on 12th April 1990, to the Government who approved it immediately. On 13th March, 1990 the Federal Military Government had acceded to the State’s request to set up the new University. Col. Oresanya later signed the Edict Establishing the University on 23rd April, 1990. He also announced on 2nd May, 1990 the Appointment of Professor Olusegun Ladimeji Oke, a distinguished Chemist and a Fellow of Academy of Science (FAS) as the first Vice-Chancellor of the University.
In addition, the names of the Pro-Chancellor, Prof. Ojetunji Aboyade and other members of the first Governing Council were announced on 28th May, 1990 and Col. Sasaenia Oresanya himself became the foundation Visitor to the University. Later Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola became the first Chancellor in January, 1991 with the approval of the succeeding visitor, Col. Abdulkarim Adisa. The first meeting of the University Governing Council was held on 7th June 1990, the first Senate meeting was convened on 13th February, 1991, the first Academic session began on 19th October 1990 with a total number of 436 candidates were offered admission to various courses in four faculties namely Agricultural Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Engineering and Management Sciences, and Pure and Applied Sciences.
The establishment of the College of Health Sciences was postponed for a year and later took effect in October 1991 with a student population of thirty (30). Arising from the creation of Osun State from the former Oyo State, the name of the University was changed from Oyo State University of Technology to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso and the Edict that established the University was appropriately amended.
LAUTECH’s Mission Statement
Vision: To be a centre of academic excellence and a training ground for productive, self employable, self sustaining and self reliant individuals passing through it; and to combine the ideas of excellence in learning and research with a large dose of pratical application in development.
Mission: Our vision is to work towards the social, cultural and technological needs of the funding states i.e Osun and Oyo, in particular and Nigeria in general.
1. Ogbomosho Campus
LAUTECH main campus is located in Ogbomoso, Oyo, Nigeria, with geographical coordinate 8° 8′ 0″ North, 4° 16′ 0″ East. This is where most of the University’s teaching and research are carried out. The Ogbomoso Campus also houses the central administration of the University. The Ogbomoso Campus has five faculties and the Post-graduate school where courses are been taught in various fields of pure and applied science, medicine, agriculture, engineering and technology, environmental science.
The legal basis of the University is the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Act which transferred to the University, the property of the former Ogbomoso Girls High School, Ogbomoso, under the Act. The University consists of Chancellor, pro-chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Council Senate, Congregation, all Graduates and Undergraduates of the University in accordance with the provisions of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Edict No.
2. Osogbo Campus
The Osogbo Campus is located in Osogbo, the capital of Osun, Nigeria, with geographical coordinates of 7° 46′ 0″ North, 4° 34′ 0″. The campus headed by a Provost, houses the College of Health Sciences which is made up of the various departments and students in the field of medicine and surgery, medical laboratory technology and Nursing Sciences.
The university runs three academic programmes: pre-degree science programme, undergraduate programmes and post-graduate programmes. The university is jointly owned by two states in Nigeria:Oyo and Osun states. The entire student body population is presently about 20,000. For two consequtive seasons, 2003 and 2004, the university has been adjudged by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) as the best state university in Nigeria. The university has two campuses: ogbomoso and osogbo campuses and is currently made up of six faculties and a college.
Faculties and Corresponding Departments in Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH)
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
Department of Agricultural Economics
Faculty of Environment Sciences
Department of Architecture
Faculty of Engineering and Technology
Department of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Pure and Applied Science
Department of Pure and Applied Biology
Faculty of Management Sciences
Department of Management and Accounting
College of Health Science
The College of Health Sciences is headed by a Provost and comprises of two faculties.