Federal University of Technology Owerri
|Motto||Technology For Service|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Francis Chukwuemeka Eze|
|Location||Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria|
The Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) is a federal government university in Ihiagwa town, a 12-minute drive from Owerri, the capital of Imo State. The University is bounded by the communities of Eziobodo, Umuchima, Ihiagwa and Obinze, Imo State, Nigeria. It is the premier federal university of technology in the south east and south south parts of Nigeria.
FUTO began with 225 students and 60 staff (28 academic and 32 non-academic). Like other federal universities in Nigeria, FUTO is headed by a Chancellor who is usually a royal father, and followed by a Vice Chancellor who oversees the daily activities of the university.
The school also has a senate, which is the highest decision making arm of the University. FUTO students are fondly called Futoites and they number over 22,000. FUTO has over 50 professors. The current vice-chancellor is Professor Francis C. Eze.
The university was founded in 1980. It later merged with Alvan Ikoku College of Education Owerri, absorbing the latter's students. It is one of the premier technological universities in western Africa. Its student body comprises people from all over west Africa and beyond. It is the only federal university of technology in the south-east of Nigeria, and one of the oldest in West Africa. The University is known for its technologically strong graduates, evidenced by the large number its alumni currently in oil and gas companies in Nigeria. The largest percentage of engineers in most oil companies in Nigeria are FUTO alumni.
The university has seven colleges:
- School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT), of which the current Vice chancellor was Dean
- School of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SEET)
- School of Physical Sciences (SOPS)
- School of Biological Sciences (SOBS)
- School of Management and Management Technology (SMAT)
- School of Health (SOHT)
- School of Environmental Science (SOES)
- Prof. U.D. Gomwalk (1980–1986)
- Prof. Amah Nduka (1986–1991)
- Prof. O.G. Oba (1992–1999)
- Prof. Jude Njoku (2000–2005)
- Late Prof. C.E.O. Onwuliri (2006–2011)
- Prof. C.C. Asiabaka (2011-2016)
- Prof. Francis C. Eze (2016-present)
Nigerian universities ranking
At the beginning of 2011, the national university commission (NUC), the body responsible for universities in Nigeria, ranked FUTO as the 48th best university in the country. By May 2013, it was ranked as the 12th best university in the country. However, in the ranking by the NUC released in July 2015, FUTO was ranked 23rd.
FUTO is currently ranked the 7th best university in the Nigeria, according to 4icu.org.ng.
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