Federal University of Technology Akure

The Federal University of Technology Akure (informally FUT Akure or simply FUTA) is a federal government-owned university located in Akure, Ondo State, in South Western Nigeria. It was founded in 1981[1] driven by the federal government of Nigeria to create universities that specialized in producing graduates with practical as well as theoretical knowledge of technologies.[2]

Federal University of Technology Akure
MottoTechnology for Self Reliance
Established1981; 43 years ago (1981)
ChancellorAlhaji (Dr.) Umar Faruk II, the Emir of Katagum
Vice-ChancellorAdenike Oladiji
Administrative staff
Location, ,

7°18′13″N 5°08′20″E / 7.3037°N 5.1388°E / 7.3037; 5.1388
CampusObanla, Obakekere and Centre for Entrepreneurship, Ibule + Expanse of land on Owo-Benin Road
Colors  Purple
FUTA North Gate

Other universities of technology established around the same time were the Federal University of Technology Owerri, the Federal University of Technology, Abeokuta (FUTAB), which later metamorphosed to the present University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), the Federal University of Technology Minna, the Federal University of Technology Yola, and the Federal University of Technology Bauchi (now Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University[3]).

The FUTA Senate Building

Ranking edit

The Federal University of Technology Akure has been ranked the eighth-best university and best university of technology in Nigeria by webometrics as of January 2020.[4] In 2022, It was ranked as the 5th best university in Nigeria by World University Rankings.[5][6]

Administration and leadership edit

The current principal members of the university administration and their positions are as follows:[7]

Office holders
Visitor President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu
Chancellor The Emir of Katagum, Alhaji (Dr.) Umar Faruk II
Pro-Chancellor & Chairman Ambassador (Dr.) Godknows Boladei Igali
Vice-Chancellor Professor Adenike Oladiji
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics, Research & Administration) Professor Taiwo Timothy Amos
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development Services) Professor Sunday Samuel Oluyamo
Registrar Mr. Charles Olusegun Adeleye
Bursar Mr. Julius Adefola Adeshoba
University Librarian Dr. Robert Akinade Awoyemi

Faculties edit

School of Engineering and Engineering Technology building
School of Computing building

The university has nine schools and a college of medicine:

  • College of Health Sciences
    • School of Basic Medical Sciences (SBMS)
    • School of Clinical Sciences (SCS)
  • School of Computing (SOC)
  • School of Life Science (SLS)
  • School of Physical Science (SPS)
  • School of Earth and Mineral Sciences (SEMS)
  • School of Environmental Technology (SET)
  • School of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SEET)
  • School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT)
  • School of Logistics and Innovation Technology (SLIT)
  • School of Postgraduate Studies (SPGS)

The school runs pre-degree science programs, Short-Term courses and University Advanced Basic Science programs.

Library edit

Front view of Albert Ilemobade Library, FUTA
Albert Ilemobade Library, Federal University of Technology, Akure

Among the notable structures in the university is the central library, Albert Ilemobade Library, located just beside the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology. The library, which accommodates many students, has volumes in many fields of study. Students are required to complete their library registration in their first year of admission to ensure access.[8]

The Library is named after Professor Albert Ilemobade, who was the second Vice-Chancellor of the university. It was established in 1982, out of the desires of the founding fathers and matriarch of the institution to enhance learning of the students. It started in the Old Library Complex located at Oba Kekere (Mini campus), by April 2006, it moved to its permanent two-story building which covers a floor space area of 1,614.74 m² and can sit 2,500 readers at a time. [9]

It is open to all senior staff, students of the institution, and alumni of the university. The library also admits outside learners with cogent reasons and a letter of introduction from a recognized university official (i.e. dean of a faculty, head of department from the visitor's school or director of an organization).[10][11]

Student radio edit

The university operates a radio station, FUTA Radio[12][13] (93.1 MHz), on the campus.

FUTA frontage

Programs include a morning news bulletin, a talk show on education, a music program, a special segment highlighting achievements and success stories of students, faculty, and alumni, and a podcast on social issues.[12]

Campus facilities edit

The Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) is equipped with a range of campus facilities that cater to the academic, recreational, and daily needs of students, faculty, and staff. These facilities include libraries, lecture halls, classrooms, laboratories, research centers, and computer centers with provided Wi-Fi access.

Sports facilities include sports fields, courts, and gyms, student hostels, cafeterias and food courts, a health center, and auditoriums and event spaces.

Student organizations and clubs edit

The Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) offers a wide range of student organizations and clubs that cater to diverse interests, hobbies, and academic pursuits. These include the Student Union Government (SUG), Professional and Academic Societies, Cultural and Arts Clubs, and Cultural and Drama Society. The SUG serves as a platform for students to express their concerns, advocate for their rights, and engage in decision-making processes. FUTA offers social and community service clubs, sports clubs, entrepreneurial and innovation clubs, hobby and special interest clubs, and student organizations and clubs to enrich the student experience, foster personal growth, and promote a sense of belonging within the university community. These clubs provide avenues for students to explore their interests, develop leadership abilities, and create lifelong connections with fellow students who share similar passions.[1][14]

Housing and residence edit

On-campus residence halls are located close to academic buildings, libraries, and other university facilities, with basic amenities such as study areas, common lounges, and laundry facilities. Room types range from single rooms to shared rooms with multiple occupants, and each residence hall is staffed with resident assistants and hall supervisors. FUTA’s residence halls organize activities and programs to promote community engagement and student development. Off-campus housing resources are provided to help students find suitable accommodations.[15]

Student services and support edit

FUTA offers a range of services and resources. These include academic advising, counseling and psychological services, health services, and career development and employment services. Academic advising helps students plan their academic trajectories, counseling, and psychological services support mental and emotional well-being, health services provide basic medical care, and career development and employment services prepare students for successful careers. FUTA provides career development services, financial aid and scholarships,[16] disability support services, student engagement and extracurricular activities, and academic, personal, and career-oriented resources.[17][18]

FUTA research teams edit

The Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) is home to several research teams that contribute to advancements in various fields of study. These research teams consist of faculty members, researchers, and students. Here are some examples of FUTA’s research teams:[15]

  • Engineering and Technology Research Team
  • Agricultural and Environmental Research Team
  • Health and Biomedical Research Team
  • Science and Technology Team
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Team

Engineering and technology research team edit

FUTA’s engineering and technology research team focuses on advancements in fields such as civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, and more. These researchers explore areas such as renewable energy, sustainable infrastructure, robotics, artificial intelligence, computer networks, software engineering, and emerging technologies.[19]

Agricultural and environmental research team edit

FUTA’s agricultural and environmental research team conducts research to enhance agricultural practices, sustainable food production, and environmental conservation. Researchers in this team focus on areas such as crop science, soil science, plant breeding, agricultural engineering, environmental management, and biodiversity conservation.[19][20]

Health and biomedical research team edit

FUTA’s health and biomedical research team focuses on research related to healthcare, biomedical sciences, and public health. These researchers explore areas such as medical diagnostics, drug discovery, health systems, epidemiology, health informatics, and healthcare technology.[21]

Science and technology research team edit

FUTA’s science and technology research team encompasses various scientific disciplines, including chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, and bioinformatics. Researchers in this team investigate areas such as material science, nanotechnology, computational modeling, mathematical modeling, biotechnology, and biodiversity. Their research contributes to scientific discoveries, technological advancements, and understanding fundamental principles of the natural world.[22]

Social sciences and humanities research team edit

FUTA also has a research team focused on social sciences and humanities disciplines. Researchers in this team explore areas such as economics, sociology, psychology, language studies, history, and cultural studies.

Vice-chancellors edit

The vice-chancellors since 1981 include:[23]

Notable alumni edit

Gallery of campus edit

References edit

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