Wife of the Ondo State Governor, Mrs. Olukemi Mimiko, and the Provost of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Prof. Adeyemi Idowu, on Tuesday renewed the call for the upgrade of the institution to a university.
They said the college already had more than what it takes to be a full-fledged university. Mimiko stated this at the 32nd Convocation Exhibition of the Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo.
Idowu, for instance, said half of the academic staff of the institution would have their various PhD degrees by next year.
The provost, who stated this at a news conference to mark the 32nd convocation ceremony of the institution, said the development had underscored the need to upgrade the college to a university.
He said most universities in the country could not boast the massive infrastructural facilities at the college, describing as first class, the level of manpower development going in the school through quality instruction.
He said, “We will continue to produce high level of graduates but we are constrained by paucity of funds because we are funded based on our status as a college of education.
“There are so many universities that cannot boast of our modern, tstae-of-the art-facilities that we have on ground.
“We have more first degree students on campus than the regular NCE students. In fact, out of the 3, 657 students that are graduating this year, only 1, 400 of them are NCE holders. The rest are first degree graduates.
“We encouraged our lecturers to go for higher degrees over the years and by next year, more than half of them would PhD degrees which made us over-ripped to be a university.”