Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
|Motto||Excellence, Integrity and Service|
|Established||April 23, 1990 (25 years ago)|
|Type||Technical state university|
|Chancellor||Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof. A.S. Gbadegesin|
|Pro Chancellor||Prof. 'Wale Omole|
|Location||Ogbomosho, Oyo State, Nigeria
In 1987, Governor Adetunji Olurin, then the military governor of Oyo State, received to a request by the Governing Council of the Polytechnic Ibadan to establish a state university. He set up a committee that, in 1988, recommended the creation of the university. By March 13, 1990, Nigeria's federal military government accepted the state's request; the edict establishing Oyo State University of Technology was signed on April 23, 1990.
The first vice-chancellor of the university was Professor Olusegun Ladimeji Oke. Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola became the first chancellor in January 1991. The first academic session began on October 19, 1990. A total of 436 candidates enrolled in four faculties: Agricultural Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Engineering and Management Sciences, and Pure and Applied Sciences. A College of Health Sciences was established a year later.
Campus and academics
The university enrolls nearly 20,000 students in six faculties and a college. For two consecutive seasons, in 2003 and 2004, the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) rated LAUTECH as the best state university in Nigeria.
The main campus is in Ogbomosho. This campus is the site of the university's administration, as well as home to five faculties and the post-graduate school. Fields of study include pure and applied science, medicine, agriculture, engineering and technology, and environmental science.
The ownership of LAUTECH has always been a source of conflict between the two-owner states (Oyo State and Osun State) especially after Osun State acquired her own university. The government of Oyo State wants Osun to transfer full ownership of the University to them while the other party disagrees. This conflict grew intense in 2010 under the administrations of ex-Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State and his former counterpart ex-Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun State. The feud which was suspected to have been ignited by political interests was resolved eventually after series of intervention by notable political icons and the National Universities Commission in Nigeria. Today, the school is still controlled by the governments of both Oyo and Osun States and admission priorities are given to indigenes of both states in the Southwest of Nigeria.
The School Main campus is located at Ogbomoso North Local Government,Ogbomoso,Oyo State, Nigeria while the Mini campus is located at Osogbo,Osun State.The Main campus first gate is located on the Old Ogbomosho-Ilorin road while its other entrance is at Under G area.
Notable past students
- "VC's Welcome". Ladoke Akintola University of Technology. 2009. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
- "Overview of LAUTECH". Ladoke Akintola University of Technology. 2009. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
- "LAUTECH Campuses". Ladoke Akintola University of Technology. 2009. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
- Oyo State
- Osun State