Recently I was going through a comprehensive list of the federal universities, state universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria, and then I thought I should share this article on a few things you may want to know about YABATECH, a prestigious college of technology in Nigeria.
The vision of YABATECH is to be the leading higher educational institution in Nigeria by providing first-rate academic, professional and entrepreneurial education to our students, who are empowered to make a positive impact in the technological and socio-economic development of the country.
Mission Statement of YABATECH
…to produce knowledgeable and innovative graduates, worthy in skill and character, through effective teaching, learning and research for the technological advancement of Nigeria
Brief History of YABATECH
Yaba College of Technology was established in 1947 as a successor to Yaba Higher College. It attained autonomous status in 1969 by virtue of Decree 23 which granted it the mandate to provide full-time and part-time courses of instruction and training in technology, applied science, commerce and management, agricultural production and distribution; and for research.
YABATECH Schools and Departments
Yaba College of Technology has eight schools and thirty-four academic departments with a total of sixty-four accredited programmes, across ND, HND and Post-HND levels. The college also offers certificate courses.
YABATECH offers B.Sc (Ed) courses in Technical and Vocational education and Postgraduate Diplomas in Engineering. The two programmes are run in conjunction with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Federal University of Technology, Akure, respectively. The student population is 15,000, while the staff strength is 1,600.
YABATECH – First College of Technology to Establish CEDR
Yaba College of Technology is the first higher institution in Nigeria to establish a Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, with linkages with the world of commerce and industry. The centre offers compulsory courses which must be taken by all students throughout their stay in the college.
Some Other Facts About YABATECH
There is a Quality Assurance Unit in the college which monitors the quality of academic service delivery.
The Applied Research and Technology Innovation (ARTI) Unit was established to promote research and linkages with private sector organizations for the exploitation and use of research. ARTI also assists to promote linkages between students of Yabatech and students of other institutions especially in the area of research.
Free Medical Service at YABATECH
Free medical service is provided at the Medical Centre, which is open 24/7. Sports facilities are provided. The college has won the Nigerian Polytechnic Games five times out of sixteen editions of the competition.
YABATECH Second Campus
The college has a second campus at Epe. The campus is home to the Department of Agricultural Technology and Michael Otedola Information and Communication Centre.
The name was changed to Federal Polytechnic Yaba in 1979, but changed back to the current one in 1980.