Federal University of Technology Owerri

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Federal University of Technology Owerri
FUTO logo.png
Motto Technology For Service
Type Public
Established 1980
Vice-Chancellor Professor Francis Chukwuemeka Eze
Location Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
Campus Urban
Nickname FUTO
Website http://www.futo.edu.ng

The Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) is a federal government university located in Owerri, the capital of Imo State.[1] The University is bounded by the communities of Eziobodo, Umuchima, Ihiagwa and Obinze, in Imo State, Nigeria. It is the premier federal university of technology in the south east and south south parts of Nigeria.

The Federal University of Owerri is the Oldest University of Technology in Nigeria and was established in 1980 by Executive fiat with the composition and appointment of the first provisional Council by Nigeria’s First Executive President, Shehu Shagari. It became the first of three such Universities set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria who sought to establish a University of Technology in each geo-political region and particularly in a State which did not have a conventional University.[2]

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.[1] The current vice-chancellor is Professor Francis C. Eze.[3]

History[edit]

The university was founded in 1980.[4] It later merged with Alvan Ikoku College of Education Owerri, absorbing the latter's students.[5]

It is one of the premier technological universities in western Africa.[6] 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 of its alumni currently in oil and gas companies in Nigeria. The largest percentage of engineers in most oil companies in Nigeria are FUTO alumni.[7][8]

Faculty[edit]

The university has eight colleges:

Vice-chancellors[edit]

  • 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 Chukwuemeka Eze (2016–present)

Nigerian universities ranking[edit]

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.[17]

FUTO is currently ranked the 7th best university in the Nigeria, according to 4icu.org.ng.[18]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Fast Facts | Federal University of Technology Owerri". Federal University of Technology Owerri. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-31. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  4. ^ Lulat, Y. G-M. (2005). A History of African Higher Education from Antiquity to the Present. call admin 08108114785: Praeger/Greenwood. 
  5. ^ Onyerionwu, Keke; interview with Elder Onukaogu. "Govt is Killing Technological Education in Nigeria". Vanguard, via allAfrica.com. Vanguard Media. 
  6. ^ "Top Universities In Africa - Federal University of Technology". Top Universities In Africa. Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  7. ^ http://www.nairaland.com/66045/why-futo-graduates-dominate-engineering
  8. ^ http://www.nairaland.com/2208229/advice-needed-best-university-study
  9. ^ "Federal University of Technology Owerri - School of Agric & Agric Tech". School of Agric & Agric Tech. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "Federal University of Technology - School of Engineering & Engineering Technology". School of Engineering & Engineering Technology. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  11. ^ "SOPS | Federal University of Technology Owerri". Federal University of Technology Owerri. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  12. ^ "Federal University of Technology - School of Biological Sciences". School of Biological Sciences. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  13. ^ "SMAT | Federal University of Technology Owerri". Federal University of Technology Owerri. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  14. ^ "S H Tech. | Federal University of Technology Owerri". Federal University of Technology Owerri. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  15. ^ "SOES-FUTO | Federal University of Technology Owerri". Federal University of Technology Owerri. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  16. ^ "Federal University of Technology - School of Basic Medical Sciences". School of Basic Medical Sciences. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  17. ^ Gist, Futo. "FUTO Ranked Among the Top 23 Universities in Nigeria". www.futogist.com. Retrieved 2015-08-01. 
  18. ^ "Top Universities in Nigeria - 2017 Nigerian University Ranking". www.4icu.org. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 

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